|North Dakota House of Representatives District 41|
|November 31, 2018|
|Years in position||23|
|Majority Leader, North Dakota House of Representatives|
|Per diem||Up to $1,569/month for lodging|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 6, 2018|
|Associate's||North Dakota State School of Science, 1968|
|Bachelor's||North Dakota State University, 1970|
|Date of birth||November 21, 1948|
|Place of birth||Breckenridge, MN|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Carlson earned his A.S. from the North Dakota State School of Science and his B.S. from North Dakota State University. He is a contractor and realtor with Carlson Construction.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Carlson served on the following committees:
Note: As Majority Leader, Carlson does not sit on any standing committees.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Carlson was not appointed to any committees.
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Carlson was not appointed to any committees.
Interim Committee Controversy
On May 25, 2011 the Legislative Management Committee appointed members to the state's interim committees. Historically, majority and minority members of the Legislative Management Committee are appointed as chairs of the interim committees. However in 2011, only Republican legislators were appointed to chair interim committees. House Minority Leader Jerome Kelsh (D) called the move partisan and a "break with tradition." House Majority Leader Carlson argued that the appointments reflected wishes of voters in electing Republican candidates. Regardless of the particular committee chair, Republicans will be a majority on all committees. Only a few state permit minority committee chairs.
Elections for the office of North Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Bette Grande and incumbent Al Carlson were unopposed in the Republican primary, while Pamela Anderson and Sheila Christensen defeated Lillian Jones in the Democratic primary. Anderson (D) and Carlson (R) defeated Christensen (D) and Grande (R) in the general election.
|North Dakota House of Representatives, District 41 Democratic Primary, 2014|
Carlson won re-election to one of two seats in District 41 of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Carlson and fellow incumbent Bette Grande (R) defeated Tyrel Hegland (D) in the November 2 general election.
|North Dakota State House, District 41|
|Al Carlson (R)||3,016|
|Bette Grande (R)||2,750|
|Tyrel Hegland (D)||2,153|
|North Dakota House of Representatives, District 41|
|Al Carlson (R)||2,903|
|Bette Grande (D-NPL)||2,652|
In 2010, Carlson received $8,000 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|North Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Al Carlson's campaign in 2010|
|North Dakota Association Of Telecommunications Cooperatives||$1,000|
|Lignite Energy Council||$1,000|
|Associated General Contractors Of North Dakota||$500|
|North Dakota Long Term Care Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$8,000|
In 2006, Carlson collected $2,100 in donations.
These were the largest contributors in 2006.
|NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF TELEPHONE COOPERATIVES||$500|
|ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF NORTH DAKOTA||$500|
|NORTH DAKOTA LONG TERM CARE ASSOCIATION||$300|
|NORTH DAKOTA CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION||$300|
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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- North Dakota Family Alliance: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
- Greater North Dakota Chamber: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.
In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief. In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.
- North Dakota Family Alliance: 2011 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
- North Dakota Policy Council: 2011 Legislative Review
- Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
- North Dakota Women’s Network: 2011 Legislative Summary
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
- National Federation of Independent Business in North Dakota: 2011-2012 Voting Record
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review
The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council. Carlson received a score of 68.67% on policy legislation and voted against 1.85% of state spending. Carlson was ranked 30th on policy and 94th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.
Carlson and his wife, Sharon, have three children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Al + Carlson + North + Dakota + House"
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- North Dakota House of Representatives
- House Committees
- North Dakota Legislative Assembly
- North Dakota state legislative districts
- Profile from the North Dakota House of Representatives
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002, 1998
- Rep. Carlson State Surge sponsored bills
- Project Smart Vote, "Biography of Rep. Carlson," accessed May 23, 2014
- PlainsDaily, "ND Dems Disappointed With No Chairmanship Assignments," May 25, 2011
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List," accessed April 9, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Official Results Primary Election - June 10, 2014," accessed July 8, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Official General Election Results," accessed November 17, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Election results," accessed May 13, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2010 General Election results," accessed May 13, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2006 General Election Results," accessed May 22, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign contributions," accessed May 13, 2014
- The Bismarck Tribune, "N.D. House leader: Special session starts Nov. 7," accessed September 15, 2011
- North Dakota Policy Council, "The North Dakota Legislative Review - 2011," accessed January 20, 2014
- North Dakota Policy Council "2011 North Dakota Legislative Review Rankings," accessed January 26, 2014
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