Kent Eken

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Kent Eken
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded byredrawn district
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 2A district
In office
January 7, 2003 – January 7, 2013
Preceded byredrawn district
Succeeded bydistrict redrawn
Personal details
Born (1963-12-12) December 12, 1963 (age 55)
Political partyMinnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
ResidenceTwin Valley, Minnesota
Alma materConcordia College - Moorhead
St. Cloud State University
Professioneducator, legislator

Bernhard Kent Eken (born December 12, 1963) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 4, which includes portions of Becker, Clay, and Norman counties in the northwestern part of the state.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Eken attended Twin Valley High School in Twin Valley, then went on to Concordia College in Moorhead, receiving his B.A. in political science and education. He later attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, earning his M.A. in history, after which he went on to teach at Saint John's Preparatory School.[2] In addition to his work as a teacher and adjunct college professor, he is also a sugar beets truck driver during the harvest season. His father was Willis Eken, who also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives.[1]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Eken was previously a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 2A. He was first elected to the House in 2002, and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He served as an assistant minority leader, and was the DFL lead on the Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee. He was also a member of the Transportation Policy and Finance and the Ways and Means committees. He was chair of the Environment Policy and Oversight Committee from 2007-2010.[3]

Minnesota Senate[edit]

In 2012, Eken ran for the newly created District 4 after he was placed in the same district as fellow DFLer Paul Marquart. Eken defeated retired football player Phil Hansen in the general election, securing over 52% of the vote.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Eken, Bernhard Kent". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  2. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Kent Eken - Biography". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  3. ^ "Kent Eken (DFL) 02A - Minnesota House of Representatives". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  4. ^ Gerdes, Vicki (November 7, 2012). "Eken wins close Senate race". Detroit Lakes Tribune.[permanent dead link]

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