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Carolyn Nelson
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North Dakota State Senate District 21
Incumbent
In office
1994-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 20
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assistant Minority Leader, North Dakota State Senate
2011-present
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota State House of Representatives
1986-1988, 1992-1994
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota Agricultural College, 1959
Master'sNorth Dakota State University, 1960
Personal
BirthdayOctober 8, 1937
Place of birthMadison, WI
ProfessionEducator
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Carolyn C. Nelson (b. October 8, 1937) is a Democratic member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber in 1994. Nelson currently serves as Assistant Minority Leader.

Nelson served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1986 to 1988 and 1992 to 1994.

Biography

Nelson earned her B.S. in Math and Music from North Dakota State University in 1958 and her M.S. in Education from North Dakota State University in 1960. Nelson has worked as a legislative coordinator for the North Dakota Parent Teacher Association as well as an independent sales consultant. Nelson was a member and President of the Fargo Board of Education from 1985 to 1991. Nelson is currently a church music director and a Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Mathematics at North Dakota State University.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Government and Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nelson served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nelson served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Carolyn Nelson was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Cindy Pfeiffer was unopposed in the Republican primary. Nelson and Pfeiffer will face off in the general election.[1][2]

2010

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Nelson won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate District 21, defeating Cindy Pfeiffer (R). Nelson was unopposed in the primary election on June 8, 2010.[3][4]

North Dakota Senate, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carolyn Nelson (D) 1,785 55.23%
Cindy Pfeiffer (R) 1,433 44.34%

2006

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Nelson was re-elected to the 21st District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting David Humphrey (R).[5] Nelson raised $6,285 for her campaign, while Humphrey raised $8,401.[6]

North Dakota Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Carolyn Nelson (D) 2,107
David Humphrey (R) 1,197

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Nelson received $7,550 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

North Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carolyn Nelson's campaign in 2010
North Dakota Senate Democratic-NPL Caucus$1,250
North Dakota Association Of Telecommunications Cooperatives$750
Marathon Oil$600
North Dakota Association Of Realtors$500
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$500
Total Raised in 2010 $7,550

2006

In 2006, Nelson collected $6,285 in donations.[8]

These were the largest contributors.

Donor Amount
NORTH DAKOTA SENATE DEMOCRATIC-NPL CAUCUS $1,200
DAK PAC $1,000
NORTH DAKOTA LIGNITE COUNCIL $500
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $500

Scorecards

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: 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.[9] Nelson received a score of 24.24% on policy legislation and voted against 3.71% of state spending. On policy, Nelson was ranked 46th and on spending was ranked 18th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[10]

Personal

Nelson and her husband, Gilbert, have three children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.

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1994–present
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