|U.S. Senate, Minnesota|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next primary||August 12, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Carlson was born and raised in St. Paul, graduating from Johnson High School. Upon graduation, he took courses towards a political science and history degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In 2000, he worked for Governor Jesse Ventura. Two years later, he worked in the Business Services Division for then-Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer. In 2003, Carlson left college and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served three combat tours in Iraq. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with his B.A. In 2010, he also founded Blue Diamond Strategies, which specializes in threat assessment, risk management, and consulting. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in Security Strategies at the University of Minnesota.
Carlson is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Minnesota. Carlson is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
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