Kristin Olsen was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2010. She represents the 12th Assembly District, which encompasses the San Joaquin communities of Escalon, Hughson, Lathrop, Lockeford, Manteca, Modesto, Oakdale, Oakhurst, Riverbank, Turlock and Waterford.
A decisive leader who can bring people together, Olsen was named Chief Republican Whip in her first term. She serves as a member of the Assembly Agriculture, Insurance, and Joint Sunset Review committees, and is also the Vice Chair of the Assembly Higher Education committee and Chair of the Legislative Rural Caucus.
Olsen is a commited and respected leader with a reputation for reform, problem-solving, and hard work. Earlier this year, she was selected by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation for its prestigious 2012 Emerging Leaders Program which brought together rising leaders, both Republicans and Democrats, from all over the United States to participate in conference at the University of Virginia.
Born, raised and now raising her own family in Modesto, Olsen has a passion for the communities, businesses, and people of California's Central Valley and foothill communities. She previously served on the Modesto City Council from 2005 to 2009, where she stood up for fiscal responsibility, public safety, and economic development.
A vocal advocate for youth and education, Olsen previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs at California State University, Stanislaus where she directed the University's marketing and communications programs. Olsen now serves on the Board for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advoctes) - an organization promoting volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children.
Olsen and her husband, Rod, live in Modesto with their three children.