Andre Carson

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Andre Carson
Andre Carson.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 7
In office
March 11, 2008-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorJulia Carson (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.34 in 2012
First electedMarch 11, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$116,947
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indianapolis City-County Council, District 15
High schoolArsenal Technical High School
Bachelor'sConcordia University Wisconsin
Master'sIndiana Wesleyan University
BirthdayOctober 16, 1974
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionLaw Enforcement Officer
Net worth$7,502
Office website
Campaign website
Andre Carson campaign logo
André D. Carson (b. October 16, 1974, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Carson was elected by voters from Indiana's 7th Congressional District.

Carson was first elected to Congress in a special election in March 2008. The special election was due to the death of Julia Carson, who was both Carson's grandmother and the previous 7th District representative.[1]

Carson won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Carson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Democratic primary election on May 6, 2014.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Carson is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Carson was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Master's in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.[4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Carson serves on the following committees:[5][6]


Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Carson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Carson voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Carson voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Carson voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Carson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Carson voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Carson joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Carson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Carson voted for HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Carson voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Carson voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Carson voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Carson voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Carson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]


On The Issues Vote Match

Andre Carson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Carson is a Liberal Populist. Carson received a score of 56 percent on personal issues and 2 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[24]



See also: Indiana's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Carson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Democratic primary election on May 6, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 89.1% 19,442
Curtis Godfrey 5.5% 1,209
Mmoja Ajabu 3.6% 782
Pierre Pullins 1.8% 390
Total Votes 21,823
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also: Indiana's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Carson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 7th District. Carson defeated Woodrow Wilcox, Bob Kern, and Pierre Quincy Pullins in the Democratic primary and defeated Carlos May (R) and Mmoja Ajabu (I) in the November 6 general election.[25]

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 62.9% 162,122
     Republican Carlos May 37.1% 95,828
     Independent Tim Frye (Write-in) 0% 0
Total Votes 257,950
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"
U.S. House, Indiana District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 90.3% 34,782
Bob Kern 5.3% 2,048
Pierre Pullins 1.5% 586
Woodrow Wilcox 2.8% 1,082
Total Votes 38,498

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Carson raised a total of $3,722,583 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[27]

Andre Carson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Indiana, District 7) Won $1,124,041
2010 U.S. House (Indiana, District 7) Won $946,229
2008 U.S. House (Indiana, District 7) Won $1,652,313
Grand Total Raised $3,722,583


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Carson's reports.[28]

Andre Carson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$312,476.06$129,834.97$(86,738.98)$355,572.05
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$355,572.05$152,960.39$(56,753.73)$451,778.71
October Quarterly[31]October 13, 2013$451,778.71$110,890.81$(87,017.04)$475,652.48
Year-end[32]January 31, 2014$475,652$137,247$(100,354)$512,545
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$512,545$149,568$(83,165)$578,948
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Carson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Carson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Carson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,124,041 and spent $1,027,625.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Carson spent $6.34 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Carson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Carson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Carson's campaign committee raised a total of $946,229 and spent $781,643 .[36]

U.S. House, Indiana District 7, 2010 - Andre Carson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $946,229
Total Spent $781,643
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $228,901
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $228,106
Top contributors to Andre Carson's campaign committee
Ice Miller$15,600
Baker & Daniels$12,116
Eli Lilly & Co$11,500
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$80,651
Health Professionals$47,525
Building Trade Unions$44,000
Public Sector Unions$43,500
Industrial Unions$38,500

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Carson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between -$44,995 and $59,999. That averages to $7,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Carson ranked as the 407th most wealthy representative in 2012.[37] Between 2007 and 2012, Carson's calculated net worth[38] increased. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[39]

Andre Carson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[40]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Carson is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 18, 2013.[41]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[42]

Carson most often votes with:

Carson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Carson missed 116 of 3,902 roll call votes from March 2008 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Carson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,067,937 in 2011. He ranked 118th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 95th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 35th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[44]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Carson ranked 111th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[45]


Carson ranked 81st in the liberal rankings.[46]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Andre Carson has voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 93rd among the 233 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[47]


Carson is married to Mariama Carson, an educator in the Pike Township School District. They are the parents of a daughter. The Carson family resides in Center Township.[4]

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External links

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  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
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  36. Open Secrets, "Andre Carson 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 5, 2011
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  38. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  39. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  40. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  42. OpenCongress, "Rep. Andre Carson," accessed August 1, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Andre Carson," accessed April 1, 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Andre Carson," accessed April 10, 2014
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Julia Carson
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 7
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Indianapolis City-County Council, District 15
Succeeded by