Brad Ellsworth

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Brad Ellsworth was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Eighth Congressional District of Indiana from 2007 to 2011.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Ellsworth was born and spent his childhood in Huntingburg, Indiana. When he was still in grade school, his family moved to Evansville, Indiana where his father took a job as a crane operator in Warrick County's Alcoa plant. After graduation from Evansville's William Henry Harrison High School (Evansville) in 1976, he attended the University of Southern Indiana where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Ellsworth worked in the paint and hardware department at Sears while in school to pay for his education. He later received a Masters Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.

In 1982, Ellsworth began a career in the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's office. Over the next 23 years, he held every merit rank, and was twice decorated for heroism in the line of duty. While serving in the Department, Brad instituted the first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in the Evansville - Vanderburgh School Corporation. He later attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

In 1998, Ellsworth ran as a Democratic candidate for sheriff and won by a large margin. He was unopposed running for a second term. [1]

2006 congressional election

In 2005, Ellsworth announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for Indiana's 8th Congressional District. Ellsworth ran against John Hostettler, the Republican incumbent. [2] Ellsworth defeated Hostettler 61%-39% to take possession of the seat. [3]

2008 elections

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, Brad Ellsworth, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

Background information on John Hostettler, whom Brad Ellsworth challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


DC office
  • 112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3553 Fax: 202-224-0454
    Webform email
District offices
  • 101 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 124 Evansville, Indiana 47708
    Ph: (812) 465-6484,(866) 567-0227 Fax: (none entered)
  • 901 Wabash Avenue, Suite 140, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807
    Ph: (812) 232-0523 Fax: (none entered)
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