Kylie has served in the North Dakota House of Representatives since 2012. When elected, she was one of the youngest female legislators in the nation. During the 2015 legislative session, Kylie served on the Human Services and Political Subdivisions committees. She previously served on the Transportation, interim Higher Education Funding, and interim Government Finance Committees. In 2013, Governor Dalrymple also appointed Kylie to the state’s Olmstead Commission.
In 2015, Kylie was elected Chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL party. She is the youngest person to hold a state party chair position in the country and one of only two women to serve the ND Dem-NPL in this role. Before taking on this position, Kylie was a co-founder and chair of the Democratic-NPL Women’s Caucus, which is focused on recruiting and supporting progressive female candidates for state and local office.
Kylie was born and raised in Killdeer, North Dakota. She received two bachelor’s degrees, in Social Sciences and Social Work, from the University of North Dakota. She recently graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law.
Before serving in the legislature, Kylie served as the Student Body President at UND, where she represented more than 14,000 students at the campus, community, and state level. She was an especially strong advocate for underrepresented and disadvantaged student populations. Before beginning law school, Kylie interned with the PLUS Program in Grand Forks, providing case management and other services to children and families in Grand Forks County. She also worked with the UND Alumni Association and Foundation as a special projects coordinator, overseeing sustainability projects within the Gorecki Alumni Center.
Kylie is also involved with Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center at UND, is a member of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, and is on the Board of Directors for Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity, the Area Health Education Coalition, and the UND Master’s of Public Health program.
Kylie has been recognized for her leadership and advocacy with the Phenomenal Woman Award, given by the UND Women’s Center and the UND Multicultural Student Center, and with the Woman of the Year Award, given by the North Dakota Women’s Network. Kylie was also named, in 2014, by the Washington Post’s blog, “The Fix”, as one of 40 Under 40 politicians to watch.