Rep. André Carson (D) wins re-election bid for 7th District

Posted at 8:19 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 00:45:42-05

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. André Carson (D) has been re-elected in the 7th District of Indiana.

He was running against Wayne “Gunny” Harmon (R).

Carson will continue to represent the 7th District, which covers the lower four-fifths of Marion County -- most of Indianapolis. 

He won the primary in May with nearly 88 percent of the vote. Carson has been the representative from the 7th District since he won a special election in 2008 after the death of the previous representative, his grandmother Julia Carson. 

André Carson was an aspiring artist who instead became a police officer. But even at a young age, he had the bug. He was once brought to the Democratic National Convention by his grandmother when the Rev. Jesse Jackson was running for president. 

"So I tagged along with her, and even though he didn't get the nomination, I came back to Indianapolis registering voters and I was 9, going on 10 that year -- phone banking," he said. "I wasn't even old enough to vote. But it put a seed in me."

André Carson served on the Indianapolis City-County Council and eventually took over his grandmother's seat. 

"I don't do it for ego," André Carson said in September. "I do it because I come from a tradition of public service."

André Carson said the bills he's most proud of involve financial literacy for veterans, mental health issues and economic developments.

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