Laurie E. Carlson
Carlson was born Laurie Edwin Carlson on January 12, 1908 in Bayfield, Wisconsin. He attended Northland College, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Carlson was also active in promoting the sport of curling. He would marry Helen Whipple and have four children. Carlson died on March 26, 1999. After his death, a joint resolution by the Wisconsin State Senate and the State Assembly was created to honor his life and was presented to his children. To honor Carlson's lifelong commitment to progressive laws, regulations and policies, his family established The Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum at the UW-Madison (www.law.wisc.edu/alumni/carlson/index.html), and the Forum brings speakers and guests to Madison on a regular basis.
Carlson was a founding member of the Wisconsin Progressive Party. As a member of the party, he was elected to the Assembly in 1936, taking office the following year. He would serve until 1942. Later, he served as Clerk of Courts of Dane County, Wisconsin from 1968 to 1976.
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