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Carlson, Sr., Lyndon R.

House 1973-82 (District 44A); House 1983-2002 (District 46B); House 2003-2012 (District 45B); House 2013-Present (District 45A)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 4/18/1940
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth County: Hennepin
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Congregational
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Brooklyn Center
Occupation (when first elected): Social Studies Teacher and Coach; Henry High School, Minneapolis

EDUCATION

Bloomington High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1958
Minnesota State University, Mankato; B.S.; Education and Social Studies, 1964
Minnesota State University, Mankato; Attended Graduate School;
University of St. Thomas; Attended Graduate School;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Carole Moss
Children: Three children: Tonya (daughter); Lyndon "Lyn" Jr., and Philip (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

He was a member of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Religion was listed as Lutheran by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975 and Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1975-76, 1977-78, and 1979-80. The Natural Resources Defense Council's State Directories 2005 and Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006 list him as Congregational.

He has never missed a legislative day. (June, 2015)

Total Days Served: 17086

SESSIONS SERVED

91st Legislative Session (2019-2020)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45A
Elected: 11/8/2018
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/8/2019 to 1/5/2021
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2019 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration: Subcommittee on Legislative Process Reform Minutes
  • Taxes Minutes
  • Ways & Means (Chair) Minutes
  • Ways & Means: Agriculture and Food Finance & Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Capital Investment Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Corrections Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Education Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Education Finance Division/Health and Human Services Finance Division: Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Energy and Climate Finance & Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Greater Minnesota Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Health and Human Services Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Higher Education Finance & Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Housing Finance & Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Legacy Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Long-Term Care Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance & Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: State Government Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Transportation Finance & Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Veterans and Military Affairs Finance & Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways & Means: Water Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member

90th Legislative Session (2017-2018)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45A
Elected: 11/8/2016
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/3/2017 to 1/7/2019
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2017 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

89th Legislative Session (2015-2016)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45A
Elected: 11/4/2014
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/6/2015 to 1/2/2017
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2015 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45A
Elected: 11/6/2012
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2013 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Education Finance Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Health and Human Services Finance Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Higher Education Finance and Policy Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Housing Finance and Policy Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Judiciary Finance and Policy Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Public Safety Finance and Policy Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Taxes Minutes
  • Taxes: Property and Local Tax Division Minutes
  • Transportation Finance Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Ways and Means (Chair) Minutes

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45B
Elected: 11/2/2010
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment Minutes
  • Education Reform Minutes [He was a member until February 22, 2011.]
  • Taxes Minutes [He became a member on February 22, 2011.]
  • Ways and Means Minutes

86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45B
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Finance (Chair) Minutes
  • Finance: Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Capital Investment Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Cultural and Outdoor Resources Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Energy Finance and Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Health Care and Human Services Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: K-12 Education Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Public Safety Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: State Government Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Transportation Finance and Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • Taxes Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

85th Legislative Session (2007-2008)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45B
Elected: 11/7/2006
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Finance (Chair) Minutes
  • Finance: Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Capital Investment Finance Division Minutes
  • Finance: Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Energy Finance and Policy Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Health Care and Human Services Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Minnesota Heritage Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Public Safety Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: State Government Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Finance: Transportation Finance Division Minutes - Ex Officio Member
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
  • Taxes Minutes
  • Ways and Means Minutes

84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45B
Elected: 11/2/2004
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  2005 1st Sp.S. - Chief Author    2005 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 45B
Elected: 11/5/2002
Residence: Robbinsdale
Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2003 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Education Policy
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Education Policy
  • Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Policy
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Ways and Means
Leadership Position: Assistant Minority Leader

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment - Ex Officio Member
  • Education (Chair)
  • Education: Education Planning and Transitions - Ex Officio Member
  • Education: Facilities - Ex Officio Member
  • Education: Family and Early Childhood Education Finance Division
  • Education: Higher Education Finance Division
  • Education: K-12 Education Finance Division
  • Education: Quality Initiatives
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Ways and Means

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Capital Investment - Ex Officio Member
  • Education (Chair)
  • Education: Higher Education Finance Division
  • Education: K-12 Education Finance Division
  • Education: University of Minnesota Finance Division
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Rules and Legislative Administration: Personnel (Chair)
  • Ways and Means

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Education (Chair)
  • Education: Higher Education Finance Division
  • Education: K-12 Education Finance Division
  • Education: K-12 Education Finance Division: Education Reform
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Insurance
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Rules and Legislative Administration: Personnel (Chair)
  • Ways and Means

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Education Division (Chair)
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development: International Trade and Technology Division
  • Economic Development: Quality Workforce and Competitiveness
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Ways and Means

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/8/1988
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Computer
  • Appropriations: Education Division (Chair)
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development: International Trade and Technology Division
  • Financial Institutions and Housing
  • Financial Institutions and Housing: Banking
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Ways and Means

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/2/1989
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Education Division (Chair)
  • Economic Development and Housing
  • Economic Development and Housing: Job Development and Training
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Financial Institutions
  • Ways and Means

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/6/1984
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Education Division
  • Commerce and Economic Development
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Commerce and Regulation
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Housing and Consumer Protection
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance

73rd Legislative Session (1983-1984)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 46B
Elected: 11/2/1982
Residence: Crystal
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Education Division (Chair)
  • Health and Welfare
  • Health and Welfare: Health Care
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Labor-Management Relations: General Labor Legislation

72nd Legislative Session (1981-1982)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44A
Elected: 11/4/1980
Residence: Brooklyn Center
Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Education Division (Chair)
  • Health and Welfare
  • Health and Welfare: Health Care
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Labor-Management Relations: Workers Compensation
  • Reapportionment and Elections

71st Legislative Session (1979-1980)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44A
Elected: 11/7/1978
Residence: Brooklyn Center
Term of Office: 1/3/1979 to 1/5/1981
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Education
  • Education: Higher Education Division (Chair) [He was the Chair in 1980 only.]
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs: General Law and Veterans Affairs (Chair)
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Labor-Management Relations: Negotiation, General Labor and Legislation
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Rules and Legislative Administration: Rules

70th Legislative Session (1977-1978)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44A
Elected: 11/2/1976
Residence: Brooklyn Center
Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher; Henry High School, Minneapolis
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Education
  • Health and Welfare
  • Labor-Management Relations

69th Legislative Session (1975-1976)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44A
Elected: 11/5/1974
Residence: Brooklyn Center
Term of Office: 1/7/1975 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher; Patrick Henry High School, Minneapolis
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Education
  • Health and Welfare
  • Judiciary

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44A
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Brooklyn Center
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher and Coach; Henry High School, Minneapolis
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Environmental Preservation and Natural Resources
  • Health and Welfare
  • Judiciary
  • Taxes
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Schutz, Lee Ann. "Been There, Done That. House Finance Chair, Former Governor Reflect on Previous Budget Problem." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 30, 2009, p. 12-13.



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