Why He Matters
A political novice, Carson ran in a March 2008 special election to succeed his grandmother, Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.), who died serving Indiana's 7th district. Since taking his seat, Carson has continued in the political tradition of his grandmother, representing the city of Indianapolis while promoting a progressive agenda that includes support of universal health care and an end to the Iraq war.
Prior to his political career, Carson was an investigative officer with the Indiana State police alcohol-and-tobacco division and part of an anti-terrorism unit in the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.