John Carlson (Minnesota)
|Minnesota State Senate District 4|
|2011 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Bemidji State University|
|Profession||Owner, John Carlson Agency|
Carlson is employed with American Family Insurance and John Carlson Agency Inc.
Carlson graduated from Bemidji State University.
Carlson's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- 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."
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Carlson served on these committees:
- Capital Investment
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Higher Education
- State Government Innovation and Veterans
- 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.
|Minnesota State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Tom Saxhaug Incumbent||52.4%||21,301|
|Republican||John Carlson Incumbent||47.6%||19,362|
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
|Minnesota State Senate, District 4 (2010)|
|John Carlson (R)||18956||54.53%|
|Mary Olson (DFL)||15752||45.31%|
In 2010, Carlson raised $48,531 in contributions. 
His two largest contributors were:
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."
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Carlson and his wife Ann have two children.
- Campaign site
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- "carlson4senate," Official Campaign Website
- Rick Santorum for President, "SANTORUM ANNOUNCES MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ENDORSEMENTS," February 6, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Mary Olson (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 4
| Succeeded by|
Kent Eken (DFL)