Andre Carson

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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Andre Carson, a Democrat, has represented the 10th Congressional District of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2008. He is the grandson of the late Rep. Julia Carson, and won her former seat in a special election on March 11, 2008.[1]


Position, records and controversies

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Iraq war

Carson opposes the war in Iraq and wants to withdraw the troops. On his campaign Web site, he says, "I support an immediate change to a responsible redeployment plan that will end the war in Iraq and bring our brave men and women home with honor."[2]

Health care

Carson supports Medicare and says he will fight any cuts to the program. In addition, he says on his campaign Web site that he aims to pass "a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that really works -- providing quality, affordable prescription drugs to our seniors, not one that benefits the big drug companies and leaves too many seniors confused, limited and without coverage."[2]

He also supports expanding health care coverage for children and strengthening Medicaid. He says he supports "health care reform that provides access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans."[2]


Carson opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, and believes "that consideration of how undocumented immigrants can earn the opportunity to become citizens must include paying a fine, paying all back taxes, and going to the back of line so they do not have an advantage over those who have entered this country legally."[2]


Carson supports alternative energy programs, especially those based on Indiana crops such as soy and corn.[2]


Carson supports reforming No Child Left Behind "with more funding and increased flexibility."[2]


Carson was born October 16, 1974, in Indianapolis, Ind. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Ind, and he has a B.A., Concordia University-Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University. He served on the Indianapolis/Marion City-County Council from 2007 to 2008.[3] He is the grandson of the late Rep. Julia Carson, and won her former seat in a special election on March 11, 2008. He is the second Muslim to serve in the U.S. Congress, after Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn). [4] Carson and his wife, Mariama, have a daughter.[5]

2008 elections

In March 2008, Carson won a special election to fill the 7th Congressional District seat, which was vacated when Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.) died of lung cancer in December, 2007. [6] On May 6, 2008 Carson defeated 7 challengers in the Democratic primary. [7] He was going to face Republican Jon Elrod in the November election, but in June, Elrod withdrew from the race. Carson defeated Republican Gabrielle Campo in November; he received 65 percent of the vote, while she received 35 percent. [8]

2008 Democratic superdelegate

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Indiana superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Andre Carson, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in Politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Ice Miller LLP$ 21,350
Faegre Baker Daniels$ 17,137
Eli Lilly & Co$ 11,350
Krieg Devault LLP$ 11,350
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
CSX Corp$ 10,000
Home Creations$ 10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$ 10,000
Laborers Union$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Andre Carson
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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More background data


DC office
  • 2453 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4011 Fax: 202-225-5633
    Webform email
District offices
  • Julia M. Carson Govt. Center, 200 E Fall Creek Pkwy N Dr #300, Indianapolis, IN 46205
    Ph: (317) 283-6516 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and resources

See also


  1. Charles Wilson, AP "Late Ind. Rep.’s Grandson Wins Election" The Las Vegas Sun, March 12, 2008, Accessed March 12, 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Andre Carson for Congress"
  3. "Andre Carson," Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  4. Charles Wilson, AP "Late Ind. Rep.’s Grandson Wins Election" The Las Vegas Sun, March 12, 2008, Accessed March 12, 2008
  5. "About Andre," Official U.S. House Web site
  6. Susan Crabtree, Carson’s grandson wins chance to fill her seat, The Hill, January 12, 2008
  7. AP and Tribune Reports, "Hill, 4 other Indiana congressmen win primary victories" The Tribune (Seymour, Indiana), May 6, 2008
  8. "Election Center 2008,"

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