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Rep. Julia Carson

Former Representative from Indiana’s 7th District, Democrat

Carson, a Democrat, was the representative for Indiana's 7th congressional district from 2003 to 2007.

She was previously the representative for Indiana's 10th congressional district (1997-2002).

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


Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Carson sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Carson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

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

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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 about one third or more 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%)

Recent Bills

Some of Carson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Carson’s Vote Vote Description
Not Voting H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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. ProPublica has tracked 65 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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