biography

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Jim is honored to have represented the people of Eagan and Burnsville from 2007-2011 and from 2012-2016 in the Minnesota State Senate.

He grew up on a farm in Eagan and graduated from Rosemount High School. Jim and his wife Gayle, who taught German at Eagan High School, have lived in Eagan since 1975.

Their daughter Lindsay and her husband Scott live in Los Angeles where she practices law. Their son David is a  computer engineer at Facebook in California. Jim has extensive business experience, including budgeting, negotiating, and strategic planning. Jim practiced as a licensed professional engineer.


Jim visited local classrooms with the 3M Visiting Wizards and 3M TECH program; the TECH program promotes technical careers to high school students. He has also given presentations to high school students and other community groups about the legislature and government in general.  Jim has also served as a judge for the regional tournament for First Robotics. 

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. He rode in the MS TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota) nine times and raised thousands of dollars for the MS Society.

Jim and his wife Gayle are also members of the Minnesota Street Rod Association. He is a leisure time bike rider, woodworker, classic sports car buff, and videographer. Jim is a lifetime member of the Corvettes of Minnesota.

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Gayle Carlson,
Apr 20, 2014, 3:42 PM