Barbara Carlson

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Barbara Carlson
Minneapolis City Council, 7th Ward
In office
Personal details
Born Barbara Duffy
(1937-06-21) June 21, 1937 (age 79)
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Political party Independent

Barbara Carlson is an American politician and broadcast journalist in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Her father, Harry Duffy, made a successful business of running the local lumber yard in Anoka, Minnesota. She was married to Minnesota Representative Arne Carlson from 1965 until they divorced in 1977. Arne Carlson was later elected Governor of Minnesota in 1991. They are the parents of two children: Tucker and Anne.[1] Carlson married Martin "Pete" Anderson in 1983.

Carlson, a self-described conservative, served on the Minneapolis City Council as an Independent-Republican, and later as an Independent. She ran a campaign as a candidate for mayor of Minneapolis against Sharon Sayles Belton in 1997. Carlson was a radio talk show host on KSTP.[2]

Carlson has written two books, including her 1997 autobiography "This Broad's Life" (ISBN 978-0671523046.)