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CARSON, BRAD (1967- )

Democrat Brad Carson, Oklahoma's Second District U.S. Representative, was elected to the 107th Congress (2001-03), having won over Republican Andy Ewing in the November 2000 state election. The election was closely watched nationally because of its importance to the balance of power between the Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Carson replaced Republican Tom Coburn, who retired.

Carson, born in Winslow, Arizona, on March 11, 1967, received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University. In 1988 he achieved a life-long dream when he was named a Rhodes Scholar. At age seven he had written an essay about his desire to become a "R-O-A-D-S" Scholar. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, he had a private law firm, which received an award in 1996 for its service to low-income Oklahomans. In 1997 Carson worked as special assistant to Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. During the late 1990s Carson taught at University of Tulsa's Law School.

Carson's top political issues included health care, nursing home reform, education, and campaign finance reform. During his tenure as U.S. Representative he requested a U.S. House Committee investigation of Oklahoma's nursing home industry. At the turn of the twenty-first century he served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Carson and his wife, Julie, are members of the First Baptist Church in Claremore, Oklahoma. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation as well as the Cherokee Bar and the Oklahoma Bar Associations.

SEE ALSO: DEMOCRATIC PARTY, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1996 (Alexandria, Va.: CQ Staff Directories, 1997). Oklahoma Almanac, 2001-2002 (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Libraries, 2001).

Linda D. Wilson

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