|Minnesota State Senate, District 51|
|January 8, 2013 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Minnesota State Senate District 38|
|2007 - 2011|
Carlson graduated from Dunwoody Institute with a Technical Certificate in 1967, and earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Now retired, his professional experience includes working as a manufacturing manager.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Carlson served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Transportation and Public Safety|
Carlson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "If our children are to compete in the global marketplace, we need to continue our state’s legacy of having the best education system in the nation. Jim will make it a top priority to relieve skyrocketing college tuition costs."
Honest, Active Leadership
- Excerpt: "Jim stands for honest, active leadership. He understands that doing the people’s business requires a full-time commitment. Minnesotans deserve a strong voice in the State Senate. "
Jobs and Economic Growth
- Excerpt: "He believes that a rising tide must lift all boats, and a growing economy must create family-supporting jobs to expand the middle class."
Transportation and Infrastructure
- Excerpt: "Citizens and businesses are demanding a real commitment to our district’s infrastructure. Jim will be a strong voice for innovative solutions to reduce congestion and adequately fund roads."
- Excerpt: "Honest government means honest accounting of real needs and resources. Jim supports pay as you go government, not gimmicks, not smoke-and-mirrors accounting. Our children cannot succeed carrying a mountain of debt."
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
|Minnesota State Senate, District 51, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Ted Daley Incumbent||46.8%||21,096|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2006
|Minnesota State Senate, District 38 (2006)|
|Jim Carlson (DFL)||16,916||53.59%|
|Mike McGinn (R)||14,622||46.32%|
Comprehensive donor information for Carlson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Carlson raised a total of $240,785 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Jim Carlson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 51||$53,492|
|2010||Minnesota Senate, District 38||$69,357|
|2008||Minnesota Senate, District 38||$16,666|
|2006||Minnesota Senate, District 38||$61,357|
|2004||Minnesota House, District 38B||$39,913|
|Grand Total Raised||$240,785|
2012Carlson won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Carlson raised a total of $53,492.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Carlson's campaign in 2012|
|52nd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New||$2,074|
|51st Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party New||$2,000|
|AFSCME Minnesota Council 5||$500|
|Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association Legislative Fund||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$53,492|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2006, Carlson collected $61,357 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Minnesota DFL Party||$2,000|
|38th Senate District DFL||$1,124|
|Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners||$500|
|Midwest Values PAC||$500|
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."
Carlson and his wife, Gayle, have two 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, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Jim Carlson on Facebook
- Jim Carlson on Twitter
- "carlsonforsenate," Official Campaign Website
- 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
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Results General Election - Nov. 7, 2006," accessed May 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Carlson, Jim," accessed December 21, 2013
- 2006 contributions to Jim Carlson
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
Pam Wolf (R)
|Minnesota State Senate District 51
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota State Senate District 38
| Succeeded by|
Ted Daley (R)