|Minnesota State Senate, District 26|
|2011 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota State Senate|
|2013 - 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Minnesota House of Representatives|
|2003 - 2005|
|Master's||University of Minnesota|
|Date of birth||May 22, 1957|
|Profession||Teacher/Owner Insurance and Investment Firm|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Nelson served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005.
Nelson earned her B.S. in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Drake University and her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership from the University of Minnesota. She also is certified as a reading specialist through the University of Minnesota. Nelson's professional experience includes working as an educator and small business owner.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Capital Investment|
|• Health, Human Services and Housing|
|• Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Rural Economies|
|• Capital Investment|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
|• Jobs and Economic Growth|
|• Local Government and Elections|
Nelson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt: "As a small business owner, Carla knows we must improve Minnesota’s private sector job climate through lower taxation and smarter regulation. Minnesota is one of the least job friendly states in the nation. We must change this to keep and expand Minnesota jobs!"
- Excerpt: "Carla will solve the massive looming budget deficit using a balanced approach. Increase revenues through increased economic activity. Hold a lid on and reduce job-killing tax burdens in an already highly taxed state. Reduce the size of government focus on priorities and increase results."
- Excerpt: "Lawmakers must correct our school funding formulas to remove large funding disparities between school districts. Student achievement must be the focus of education reform and funding."
- Excerpt: "Carla is an advocate for patient-centered health care. She will fight to preserve patient choice and will work to reform the payment system to reward outcomes. Carla authored legislation that formed the cutting edge Minnesota Partnership between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Carla Nelson Incumbent||55.7%||22,263|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 30 (2010)|
|Carla Nelson (R)||16,757||54.30%|
|Ann Lynch (DFL)||14,056||45.55%|
Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $285,557 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Carla Nelson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 26||$79,419|
|2010||Minnesota Senate, District 30||$70,504|
|2006||Minnesota House, District 30A||$42,708|
|2004||Minnesota House, District 30A||$58,766|
|2002||Minnesota House, District 30A||$34,160|
|Grand Total Raised||$285,557|
2012Nelson won re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $79,419.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Carla Nelson's campaign in 2012|
|Nelson, Carla J.||$3,037|
|1st Congressional District Republican Party of Minnesota||$1,000|
|Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance||$500|
|Bouquet, John M.||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$79,419|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Nelson raised $70,504 in contributions.
Her four largest contributors were:
|Nelson Carla Jean House Dist 30A Cmte||$14,014|
|1st Congressional District RPM||$2,700|
|Nelson, Carla J||$1,143|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.
- Liberty Minnesota: 2014
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.
- Americans for Prosperity Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."
- Minnesota Family Council: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.
- Minnesota Majority: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."
- Taxpayers League of Minnesota: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."
Nelson and her husband, Terry, have three children.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- "carlanelson," Official Campaign Website
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "State of Minnesota Canvassing Report," accessed May 25, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- Follow the Money, "Nelson, Carla," accessed December 21, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Liberty Minnesota, "About Us," accessed July 25, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity, "2013 Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Family Council, "2013 Minnesota Family Council Legislative Scorecard," accessed July 26, 2014
- Minnesota Majority, "Scorecards," accessed July 26, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Mike Parry (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 26
| Succeeded by|
Ann Lynch (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 30
| Succeeded by|
Mary Kiffmeyer (R)