Andre Carson Becomes Second Muslim in Congress

Atlanta, GA 3/12/2008 10:29 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Andre Carson was elected in Indiana in a special election on Wednesday, becoming the second Muslim in Congress.

Carson was elected to fill the seat left vacant after his grandmother, Democratic Congresswoman Julia Carson, died last December.

Andre Carson, 33, is a member of the Indianapolis City Council who converted to Islam about a decade ago. The first and only other Muslim member of the US Congress is Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, also a Democrat, who is in his first term.

Unlike Ellison who sparked controversy for swearing his oath on a Koran instead of a Bible, Carson's faith was not mentioned much during his campaign.

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