About Congressman André Carson
First elected as part of a special election in early 2008, Congressman André Carson is now serving in his 3rd full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since taking office, he has established himself as an influential leader and respected public servant, fighting for good paying jobs, economic growth, and safer communities for Indiana’s working families. During the 113th Congress, Carson will serve as a Senior Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Executive Leadership Team, enabling him to fight for Indiana’s 7th Congressional District at the highest levels of political leadership.
Congressman Carson has consistently fought for the Middle Class, securing more than $500 million for investments in public safety, education, infrastructure, and the creation and protection of thousands of good paying jobs. Additionally, the Congressman has made accessibility a priority for his office, holding regular meetings around the district and hosting Congress on Your Corner events to ensure constituents have easy access to the resources and information they need.
In Washington, Carson fought to pass the historic health care reform law, which provides families and business with better health insurance options and makes health care more affordable and accessible for tens of millions of Americans. As a former member of the House Financial Services Committee, he also helped pass Wall Street Reform, which protects consumers by ending government bailouts and the risky lending practices that almost destroyed our economy.
In the 113th Congress, Rep. Carson will serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as on the powerful House Armed Services Committee – a fitting appointment as Congressman Carson has already experienced notable legislative success in the issues surrounding our armed forces. In 2011, President Obama signed two pieces of Carson legislation into law: The Service Members Mental Health Screening Act, which ensures comprehensive evaluation of mental health assessments before and after deployment, and the Military Families Financial Preparedness Act, which provides service members and their spouses with financial counseling before leaving the military.
Congressman Carson is a proud Indianapolis native, having grown up on the city’s east side. He is a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Before taking office, Congressman Carson served on the Indianapolis City-County Council and worked full-time in law enforcement. Carson previously worked for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in the anti-terrorism unit.
Congressman Carson is married to local educator Mariama Carson. They are the proud parents of a six-year old daughter, Salimah, and live in Center Township.
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