Gary Carlson, currently serving his second term in the Iowa House of Representatives, filed his nomination petitions to the Secretary of State’s office to seek re-election to District 91 in the Iowa House this fall.
Gary is a native Iowan and a graduate of the University of Iowa. Upon graduating from college, Gary went to work as a First Line Production Supervisor for Bandag, Inc. on the night shift. It was there Gary first learned how to lead a diverse team of people by maximizing the skills of each team member and creating an environment of communication. Gary’s 23 year career with Bandag culminated as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Currently an executive with HNI, the parent company of The HON Company and Allsteel in Muscatine, Carlson has helped lead a company focusing on excellent service and strong community involvement.
Prior to HNI, he was President and CEI of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Gary has been active in the community through his involvement as Co-Chair of the Muscatine Blue Zones Initiative, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Community Improvement Action Team, Director of the Crossroads Foundation, Director of the Muscatine Community College Foundation and Director of the Trinity Hospital Foundation.
Gary and his wife, Sheryl, have five adult children.