Kristen is a native of Baton Rouge. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from LSU Law School in 1999, and passed the Louisiana State Bar that same year.
Kristen began her career in insurance defense, and shifted to legal educator for the Louisiana State Board of Ethics. She is a Junior League of Baton Rouge Sustainer, parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, as well as a member of Kappa Delta Alumnae Association and Charity Ball Association of Baton Rouge. Kristen is wife to Mark, and mother to Bowden, Kent, John Morgan and Charlotte.