|North Dakota House of Representatives District 41|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||22|
|Majority Leader, North Dakota House of Representatives|
|Per diem||Up to $1,351/month for lodging|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Associate's||North Dakota State School of Science, 1968|
|Bachelor's||North Dakota State University, 1970|
|Birthday||November 21, 1948|
|Place of birth||Breckenridge, MN|
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.
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|
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.
- North Dakota House of Representatives - Rep. Al Carlson
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002, 1998
- Rep. Carlson State Surge sponsored bills
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Carlson
- PlainsDaily, "ND Dems Disappointed With No Chairmanship Assignments," May 25, 2011
- 2010 Candidate List
- Unofficial North Dakota House of Representatives General Election Results
- North Dakota House of Representatives official election results for 2006
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- 2006 contributions
- 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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