Meet Jim Carlin

Jim was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and raised in Chatham Township, New Jersey. He is a veteran of the United States Army. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and went on to law school at Marquette University in Milwaukee where he received his juris doctorate.

Jim chose Iowa as the place to build a life and family because of its values and the friendliness of its people. He has been a resident of Sioux City since 1992. He and his wife Donna have been married for 20 years and together they raised three children, Wesley, Whitney and Hannah. They are the proud grandparents of Bennett, Anne and Clara.

Jim is an attorney who has represented individuals in state and federal court in Iowa for over 23 years. His passion for justice and the dignity of the individual has guided his career.

He has served as a highly involved and vital advocate for children and is a founding board member of the “Giving Exchange,” a non-profit corporation, with a vision to cultivate self-sustaining infrastructure for orphanages. The Giving Exchange has provided a septic tank, bathrooms, showers, hot water, Skype classroom, library, beds, bicycles and a chicken farm enclosure to meet basic needs, provide food and create a revenue stream for orphans in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jim has been an active member of the Republican Party’s Central Committee for six years and has been a volunteer for candidate campaigns, poll watching and with Iowa’s Family Leader.

He has served in a church nursing home visitation program for eighteen years; volunteered as an instructor for federal inmates at Dismas Charities; and served as youth basketball coach at Upward Sports.   He is a member of Morningside Assembly of God Church.

Community Involvement

  • Woodbury County Republican Party’s Central Committee
  • School board member of Siouxland Community Christian School
  • Volunteer nursing home visitation (1992-2010)
  • Volunteer Dismas Charities
  • Youth basketball coach of Upward Sports
  • Morningside Assembly of God children’s ministry


  • Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
  • National Rifle Association
  • American Legion-US Army veteran
  • Sioux City Men of Valor, interdenominational men’s Bible study