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Rep. Julia Carson

Former Representative for Indiana’s 7th District

Carson was the representative for Indiana’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2003 to 2007.

She was previously the representative for Indiana’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1997 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Julia Carson [D-IN7, 2003-2007]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Carson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Carson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Carson was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Carson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Social Welfare (15%) Families (11%) Law (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Health (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Carson recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2007, Carson missed 1,000 of 6,987 roll call votes, which is 14.3%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2007. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: