Christie was born and spent the first 6 years of her life in St. Paul. She has a sister who’s 3 years younger than her. Her parents divorced when she was 3 years old.
At age 6, Christie moved to Groton, Connecticut when her mother married her adoptive father. Since he was an U. S. Navy electronics technician on submarines, they moved to Satellite Beach, Florida, Hampton, Virginia, and back to Groton, Connecticut during her childhood. Yes, Christie was a “Navy Brat” who moved frequently, which is part of the reason that she’s highly communicative and friendly.
Christie went to high school in Oakdale, Connecticut at Montville High School. She earned a 3.3 g.p.a. For her first 3 years, she played soccer, basketball, and softball and was a flag twirler for the band. Starting the summer after her junior year, she worked as a waitress at Bee Bee Dairy, a family restaurant with a creamery, in nearby (in rural area terms) Waterford. Her classmates asked her why she wanted to go to college in Minnesota, where there’s nothing but farms and prairie, to which she replied that her family lives there and it’s much more economically developed there.
In 1995, Christie earned a B.A. in Political Science Public Service with a minor in Legal Studies at Hamline University in St. Paul with a 3.74 g.p.a. She was on the Mock Trial Team, and her team went to the regional competition yearly. She also interned at the office of Minnesota Senator Steven Novak.
In 2009, Christie earned her Paralegal Certificate at Hamline University. She interned in business, real estate, estate, and probate law at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills, & Bauer in Apple Valley. She graduated summa cum laude and earned a 4.0 g.p.a.
Christie dated and was married to her late-husband Karl Thompson from 1993 to 2009. He unexpectedly died of a heart attack at age 39. They have a son and a daughter, now ages 19 and 14.
Christie added her kids’ 2 dogs to the family a few years ago.
Christie’s favorite recreational activities are dancing, singing, walking in nature, laying and swimming on the beach, boating, playing strategy board and card games, playing basketball, soccer, and softball/baseball, attending historical and cultural events, and spending time with her friends and family.