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Kristin Olsen


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-2010 Republican AD-25 106715 Win
11-06-2012 Republican AD-12 89821 Win
11-04-2014 Republican AD-12 63003 Win

Candidate Biography:

Kristin Michelle Olsen
Born: January 19, 1974 in Modesto, CA
Married: Rod (div. 2018), Matt Cate* (m. 2022)
Children: Three

1996: Senate Fellow, Senator Tim Leslie
1996-1999: Legislative Aide, Senator Tim Leslie
200?-2010: Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, CSU Stanislaus
2005-2010: Member, Modesto City Council
2014-2015: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
2016: Potential Primary Candidate for SD-05 (Declined to run)
2016-2017: Vice Chair, California Republican Party
2017-2020: Member, Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors

  • OPEN GOVERNMENT: In August 2011, Olsen was one of the first three legislators to release their office budgets to the public. Freshman Republicans Tim Donnelly, Shannon Grove, and Olsen released up-to-date reports of their expenditures after Rules Committee chair Nancy Skinner declined to release the current reports, citing the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).
  • TECHNOLOGY: At about 2:50 pm on August 22, 2016, Olsen became the first California legislator to use Siri (an artificial intelligence iPhone app developed by Apple) to speak part of a bill presentation on the Assembly Floor.
  • On July 1, 2014, it was announced that Olsen had been elected Minority Leader by the Assembly Republican Caucus, but she would not assume office until after the November 2014 election.
  • Not related to Kirsten Olsen, who ran for Congress as a Democrat twice.
  • Cate served as Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (2008-2012), Executive Director of California State Association of Counties (2015-2020)