Senator Jim Carlson

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Jim Carlson was first elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2006 to represent Senate District 51, which includes Eagan and Burnsville. He is currently in his second term.

Carlson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and worked in manufacturing management positions at Ecolab and 3M. He has extensive business experience, including budgeting, negotiating, and strategic planning.

In addition to his work-related experience, Sen. Carlson is involved in a variety of community activities. He helped to form the local District 196 Support Group of the Gifted and Talented and has also participated in 3M community outreach programs, visiting local schools with the 3M Visiting Wizards and 3M TECH programs.

Outside of the Capitol, Carlson is a bike rider, woodworker, classic sports car buff, videographer, and gourmet cook. He and his wife, Gayle, have two children and live in Eagan.

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    Senator Jim Carlson shared Minnesota Department of Administration's post. ...

    It's a beautiful morning Minnesota!! ☀️The Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration 🎉 is underway with the official ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing of the building! 🏛 Stop by the Grand Opening Celebration this weekend – there are FREE events and activities for everyone! Learn more at! #mymncapitol #onlyinMN

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    on the Fourth of July ...

    U.S. Army veteran Larry Williams, who drives one of the military-themed Kenworth trucks, with Minnesota State Senator Jim Carlson who was enjoying the afternoon at the Eagan 4th of July Fun Fest.

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