John Carlson (Minnesota)

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John Carlson
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Minnesota State Senate District 4
Former Member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBemidji State University
ProfessionOwner, John Carlson Agency
Office website
Campaign website
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John Carlson is a former Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 4 from 2011 to 2013.

Carlson is employed with American Family Insurance and John Carlson Agency Inc.

Carlson graduated from Bemidji State University.


Campaign themes

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


  • Excerpt:"All power lies with the people except specific and carefully limited powers granted to government by our federal and state constitutions. "


  • Excerpt:"Economic prosperity is best achieved by private sector job creation. Minnesota must lower taxes on business and reduce or remove burdensome regulations."


  • Excerpt:"Minnesota’s financial stability and sustainability relies on continued fiscal restraint and responsibility."


  • Excerpt:"I support a vibrant education system that embraces a variety of learning environments to be determined and directed at the local level. "


  • Excerpt:"Recently enacted federal health reform legislation does nothing to reduce increasing health care costs; in fact, it will serve to exacerbate the problem."

Committee assignments


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Carlson (Minnesota) endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Carlson ran for re-election in the 5th district in 2012 after redistricting. He ran unopposed in the August 14 primary and was defeated by third district incumbent Tom Saxhaug (D) in the general election is on November 6.[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Saxhaug Incumbent 52.4% 21,301
     Republican John Carlson Incumbent 47.6% 19,362
Total Votes 40,663


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Carlson had no opponent in the primary. He defeated incumbent Mary Olson (DFL) in the general election.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 4 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Carlson (R) 18956 54.53%
Mary Olson (DFL) 15752 45.31%
Write-In 0.16 55%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Carlson raised $48,531 in contributions. [5]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $10,689
Carlson, John $4,800

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Carlson and his wife Ann have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Olson (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 4
Succeeded by
Kent Eken (DFL)