King Banaian

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Birthplace Manchester (New Hampshire)
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Lived in Claremont, St. Cloud, Manchester (New Hampshire)
Resides in St. Cloud
Education Claremont
Profession Economics Professor, Politician
Languages English
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Western Armenian
Spouses Barbara Banaian
Children 2

King Banaian is dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University. He is also a professor in the Department of Economics at SCSU. He holds the Ph.D. in economics from the Claremont Graduate School. He is author of The Ukrainian Economy since Independence (Edward Elgar, 1998), co-editor of The Design and Use of Political Economy Indicators (Palgrave, 2008) and more than forty articles and book chapters discussing monetary policy and political economy. He has served as a consultant to central banks and governments in several developing. He is a senior policy fellow of the Center of the American Experiment in Minneapolis, MN. King was state representative in the Minnesota House for District 15B, 2011-13. He is also host of the King Banaian Show on Business1440 KYCR broadcast in Minneapolis, and co-author of the St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report. He lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with his wife Barbara.King is available to speak to civic groups, non-profits and businesses about economics of any kind. He specializes in the economy of central Minnesota and the state, monetary affairs, and higher education.


King Banaian (born 1957) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 15B from 2011 to 2013. The district includes parts of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties in the north-central part of the state. A Republican, he is an economist and an economics professor at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud.[1][2]

Banaian was first elected to the House in 2010, defeating DFL nominee Carol Lewis by just 13 votes after a recount.[3] He served on the Capital Investment, the Higher Education Policy and Finance, the Rules and Legislative Administration, and the State Government Finance committees.[4] In the 2012 election, Banaian was defeated by Democrat Zach Dorholt.

Named after his grandmother, Lena King Cloutman, Banaian attended Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, receiving his M.A. and his Ph.D. in economics. He was a community board member of the United Way of Central Minnesota.[1][2]