Jim Carlson is the Senator from SD 51, representing Eagan and Burnsville. Jim is honored to have served the people of Eagan and Minnesota from 2007-2010 in the Minnesota State Senate.
He grew up on a farm in Eagan and graduated from Rosemount High School. He and his wife Gayle, who teaches German at Eagan High School, have lived in Eagan since 1975.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree at the University of Minnesota and worked in manufacturing management positions at both Ecolab and 3M. He has extensive business experience, including budgeting, negotiating, and strategic planning.
Jim has made connections to the larger Minnesota community through his extensive efforts at fundraising for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. In addition to these fund raising efforts, Jim lends his support as a member of Easter Lutheran Church, Friends of the Eagan Art House, Friends of the Wescott Library and Friends of the Farm.
In this new term Jim serves on four committees; Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services Finance Division, and Transportation and Public Safety, both Policy and Finance.