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Carson Appointed to House Intelligence Committee

Jan 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Congressman André Carson (IN-07) was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence by the Democratic Leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  This select committee is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, which includes the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and more than a dozen other elements of the US Government, as well as the Military Intelligence Program.  Carson is the first Muslim to sit on the committee. 

“I am honored to be selected to serve on this distinguished committee at a time when our country continues to face great challenges at home and abroad,” said Carson.  “This Committee plays a critical role in the fight against terrorism and the protection of our national security. As a member, I am committed to keeping Hoosiers and all Americans safe, standing up for their privacy, and ensuring our intelligence agencies are operating effectively.”

Carson, who joined the House of Representatives in 2008, brings a variety of skills and personal experience to this assignment.  Before coming to Congress, he worked as a law enforcement officer.  Later, Carson worked in intelligence and counter-terrorism for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Democratic Leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi said “As the only Member of Congress to have served in a Department of Homeland Security Fusion Center, Congressman Carson’s historic appointment brings new perspectives, practical experience, strong leadership, and proven dedication to fighting terrorism and protecting our country.”