Jim Carlson

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Jim Carlson
Minnesota State Senate District 51
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate District 38
Jim Carlson (b. February 17, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 51 since 2013. He previously represented District 38 from 2007 to 2011.

Carlson graduated from Dunwoody Institute with a Technical Certificate in 1967 and also later graduated from Minnesota with a Bachelor's in Engineering in 1973. He was defeated in the November 2, 2010 general election.

Carlson is a retired Manufacturing Manager.


Campaign themes

Carlson's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • 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."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • 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."

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Carlson served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation and Public Safety



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Carlson won election for State Senate in district 51. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Ted Daley (R) in the general election on November 6.[2]

Minnesota State Senate, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Carlson 53.2% 23,969
     Republican Ted Daley Incumbent 46.8% 21,096
Total Votes 45,065


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Carlson lost re-election to the 38th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Ted Daley ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[3]


On November 7, 2006, Carlson won election to the 38th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Mike McGinn (R).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 38 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Carlson (DFL) 16,916 53.59%
Mike McGinn (R) 14,622 46.32%
Write-In 28 0.09%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2006, Carlson collected $61,357 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $14,079
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

District 38

Carlson represented Minnesota Senate District 38. District 38 the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs of Burnsville and Eagan[6].


Jim is married to Gayle Carlson. They have two children and reside in Eagan, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pam Wolf (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 51
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 38
Succeeded by
Ted Daley (R)