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politician , member of the State Senate of Minnesota

Mary A. Olson is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 4, which includes portions of Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard and Itasca counties in the northern part of the state.


Olson, Mary A. was born on May 23, 1958.


Bachelor, University North Dakota. Juris Doctor, University North Dakota Law School.


A Democrat, she was first elected in 2006. On November 2, 2010, she lost her re-election bid to Republican John Carlson. She also served on the Finance subcommittees for the Economic Development and Housing Budget Division and the Health and Human Services Budget Division, and on the Judiciary Judiciary Subcommittee for Data Practices, which she chaired.

Olson received a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and earned a J.D. from their law school. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served as the Assistant County Attorney for Crow Wing County, and also as an attorney for the United States Air Force at March Air Force Base. Her great-great-grandfather, Peter A. Gandrud, also served in the Minnesota Legislature.


Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, Democratic Party.


Olson was a member of the Senate's Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee and Judiciary Committee.


Married John Olson; 4 children.

John Olson