Meet Kirsten

My name is KIRSTEN KENNEDY, and I am running to represent Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. I am a second term mayor of North Branch, as well as an independent community health professional for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) in Chisago County, and most importantly, a single mother to five amazing children.    


I know firsthand the real world struggles that many families face as they balance work, childcare, personal health, advancing their education, and trying to get ahead. As your Congressperson, I will never forget the real problems you, your friends, and your neighbors face, and I will work hard to stand up for all of us in Washington. If elected, every voice will have a place at the table.


As the Mayor of North Branch, I’ve focused on working for all communities. Through hard work and community collaboration, we’ve improved the city of North Branch by increasing jobs, promoting accountability, and investing in local business. Experience has taught me District 8 won’t thrive unless we listen to all of its residents and — together — craft effective solutions which work for everyone. My track record as mayor is one of persistence and getting the job done — despite what sometimes seem like impossibly challenging obstacles.  I promise you that I will continue to persist and work just as hard in Congress on behalf of CD 8 citizens, in order to advance our progressive ideals.   


I believe strongly in the ideals of our party and I will work each day to make CD 8 an even better place in which to live, learn, and work. I will fight for universal healthcare, access to quality public education, strengthening the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Natural Resources, investment in high-speed internet throughout all corners of our region, increasing renewable energy choices, and protecting the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain.


Thank you for taking the time to read this, and as someone who will work on your behalf, I want to hear your ideas, suggestions, and concerns. My phone number is 763.639.4111 and my email is I hope to earn your support in this important election.



Kirsten Kennedy

Personal Bio

Kirsten Hagen Kennedy is Norwegian born, American raised. She chose to become an American citizen, taking citizenship classes and becoming a naturalized citizen at 21. Kennedy was raised in Southern California and Minnesota. Kennedy’s father, Knut Hagen, served with the Norwegian military working with NATO and at nuclear sites in the U.S. and abroad, and then later worked at American Hoist. Kirsten’s mother died in 1997. Her stepmother, Cathy, owned a small business in Isanti, Minnesota, and worked most of her life as a bank teller before retiring. 


Kennedy has a large family, in Norway, Southern California and Minnesota. Prior to moving back to Minnesota, the Kennedys were a military family and lived in Italy and Florida. Kennedy is a single mother of five children, including daughter Jordan who teaches Arabic in Utah. Jack attends college at St. Cloud State University; Knut and Anna attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and Abraham is a freshman at North Branch Area High School.

Kennedy started her college work at 45 and graduated from UM-Duluth at 51, earning a BA in psychology and a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL).