State Senator, District 3


Committees: Ethics (Vice Chair), Education, Veterans Affairs

Subcommittee: Justice System Appropriations (Vice Chair)

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Senator Jim Carlin grew up in New Jersey and Massachusetts, but chose Iowa as the place to build a life and family because of its strong culture of family values and goodness of its people.  He has been a resident of Sioux City since 1992.  He and his wife, Donna, have been married for 23 years, and together they raised three children, Wesley, Whitney, and Hannah. They are the grandparents of Bennett, Anne and Clara.

For over 23 years, Senator Carlin has represented individuals in state and federal court in Iowa as a trial attorney. His passion for justice and the dignity of the individual has guided his career. He has also served as a highly involved and vital advocate for children with a non-profit corporation.   

Senator Carlin has served as an instructor for federal inmates at Dismas Charities, as a youth basketball coach at Upward Sports, and as an assistant coach with the Morningside College Mustangs football team. He is a member of Morningside Assembly of God Church. Senator Carlin is a United States Army veteran and a member of the American Legion.