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Andre Carson
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U.S. House, Indiana, District 7
Incumbent
In office
March 11, 2008-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJulia Carson (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 11, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$116,947
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indianapolis City-County Council, District 15
2007-2008
Education
High schoolArsenal Technical High School
Bachelor'sConcordia University Wisconsin
Master'sIndiana Wesleyan University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 16, 1974
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionLaw Enforcement Officer
Net worth-$42,998
ReligionIslam
Websites
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 Andre Carson's grandmother and the previous 7th District representative.[1]

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

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.

Biography

Carson was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. He earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Carson serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Issues

Specific votes

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Indiana's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Carson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Indiana's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Carson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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.[7][8]


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.[10]

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

2014

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.[11]

Andre Carson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]4/15/2013$312,476.06$129,834.97$(86,738.98)$355,572.05
July Quarterly[13]7/15/2013$355,572.05$152,960.39$(56,753.73)$451,778.71
Running totals
$282,795.36$(143,492.71)

2012

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.[14] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[15]

Cost per vote

Bonner spent $6.34 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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 .[16]


U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 7th Congressional District, 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

Analysis

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.[17]

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.[18]

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 Mar 2008 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[19]

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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Carson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$95,996 and $9,999. That averages to -$42,998, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 65.39% from 2010.[21]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hultgren's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-82,996 and $30,999. That averages to $-25,998.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[22]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[23]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Carson ranked 81st in the liberal rankings.[24]

Voting with party

2013

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.[25]

Recent news

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Personal

Carson is married to Mariama Carson, an educator in the Pike Township School District. They are the parents of a daughter, Salimah. The Carson family resides in Center Township.[3]

External links


References

  1. WTHR "Andre Carson wins special election" March 11, 2008
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman Andre Carson "About Andre" Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressman Andre Carson "Committee Assignments" Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election Results," May 8, 2012
  8. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 primary results"
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. Open Secrets "Andre Carson" Accessed April 7, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission "Andre Carson 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Andre Carson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  15. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Andre Carson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  17. Gov Track "Andre Carson" Accessed June 18, 2013
  18. OpenCongress, "Rep. Andre Carson," Accessed August 1, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Andre Carson," Accessed April 1, 2013
  20. LegiStorm "Andre Carson"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Carson (D-Ind), 2011"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Carson, (D-Indiana), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Julia Carson
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 7
2008–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Indianapolis City-County Council, District 15
2007-2008
Succeeded by
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