Julia Carson

U.S. Congressperson from United States of America

Julia Carson Julia May Carson (July 8, 1938 – December 15, 2007), born Julia May Porter, was a member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's 7th congressional district from 1997 until her death in 2007 (numbered as the 10th District from 1997 to 2003). Carson was the first woman and first African American to represent the 7th District. She was also the second African American woman elected to Congress from Indiana, after Katie Hall. Carson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. The daughter of Velma V. Porter, she moved to Indianapolis while still a girl and worked in various positions to support her family. She graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1955 in Indianapolis. She then attended Martin University in Indianapolis and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. In 1965, while working as a secretary at UAW Local 550, she was hired away by newly elected congressman Andrew Jacobs to do casework in his Indianapolis office. When his own electoral prospects looked dim in 1972, he encouraged Carson to run for the Indiana House of Representatives, which she did; she was elected in 1972, serving as a member for  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America

Political career

Party From To
Democratic Party


Institution From To
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Crispus Attucks High School
Martin University


Date of death
Cause of death
Lung cancer
Place of death
Place of burial
Crown Hill Cemetery

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