U.S. House of Representatives (D-7th/IN)
André D. Carson is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 7th congressional district, serving since the special election in 2008. He is the grandson of his predecessor, former U.S. Representative Julia Carson (1938–2007). Carson serves on the Select Intelligence and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees.
Carson 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 serves as a Senior Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Executive Leadership Team.
A proponent of immigration reform and civil liberties, Carson is a cosponsor of the Dream Act of 2011 and the Border Security, Economic opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. He also cosponsored and voted in support of the USA Freedom Act of 2013, which brings several reforms to key government surveillance programs.
Carson is an original co-sponsor of H.Res.130, acknowledging the Cyrus Cylinder as a symbol of respect for human rights and commemorating the cylinder’s tour in the United States and was a cosponsor of the Nowruz Resolution (H.Res.267), which passed the House of Representatives in 2010.
Carson is a co-host of PAAIA’s annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill. He also served as an honorary co-host of the opening reception to celebrate A Thousand Years of the Persian Book exhibition at Library of Congress in March of 2013.
Marital Status: Married (Mariama Shaheed-Carson)
Prev. Occupation: Marketing Specialist
Prev. Political Exp.: Indianapolis City Council, 2007-08
Education: BA Concordia University - Wisconsin, 2003; MS Indiana Wesleyan University, 2005
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN