was a 2012 Republican
candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate
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.
- See also: United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2012
Carlson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Minnesota. He was defeated by Kurt Bills in the Republican primary.