State Director of North Dakota
Carlson has 17 years of senior executive leadership including previously serving nearly eight years successfully as the State Director of USDA Rural Development. He brings an extensive background in public policy including rural issues having served on the senior staff of North Dakota Governors Schafer and Hoeven, as Agriculture Legislative Assistant during the 1985 Farm Bill and later as State Agriculture Director, both to U.S. Senator Mark Andrews. He served in the North Dakota House of Representatives and was a statewide election candidate for North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner in 2000. Since 2009, Carlson has served as the Deputy Director of Workplace Safety and Insurance (WSI). He has a family farm where he raises wheat, soybeans and canola. Carlson is married and lives in Bismarck.