Julia Carson


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rep. Julia Carson, the first black and first woman to represent Indianapolis in Congress, died Saturday, a family spokeswoman said. She was 69.

Carson died after a battle with lung cancer, spokeswoman Vanessa Summer said.

Carson announced last month that she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and that she would not run next year for a seventh term representing Indianapolis' 7th District. She had not been in Washington since September, when she was hospitalized with a leg infection.

She had said that she expected to return to Washington after recuperating, but a doctor then diagnosed that her lung cancer, which had been in remission, was back.

Carson was first elected to Congress in 1996. She championed children's issues, women's rights and efforts to reduce homelessness and was a staunch opponent of the war in Iraq.

Carson was born to a single mother who worked as a housekeeper. She graduated in 1955 from the same segregated high school school as basketball star Oscar Robertson.

She began her political career in the 1960s when then-Rep. Andy Jacobs Jr. hired her to work in his office. Jacobs encouraged Carson to run for the Indiana Legislature in 1972 - the first of more than two dozen victories in local, legislative and congressional elections. She ran for Congress in 1996 after Jacobs retired.

Funeral arrangements were pending.
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Ms Carson is and was a woman of such greatness always took care of things and always did her very best to make a difference here in the city of Indiana and any and every person who knew her loves her. Admired her strongness and she stood for what was right. To Sam ,Andre' and the Carson family plz contuine to b blessed you all have huge shoes to fill now. She's watching and lookin smiling knowing that you all got this so b encouraged and know that God is ther and so is JULIA. May god bless...

Ms.Carson did great things and her memory lives on not only in me but in others also.

RIP...........Julia Carsn

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Carson, through my son Adairius Gardner. I couldn't help thinking that if he had a portion of her strength and dignity, he would go far in life. To the family, thank you for sharing her with Adairius. She will go down in history as a great american, who championed the cause of all people. May God bless you and know that she is in Heaven pleading the case on your behalf. Isn't that just like her.

My Family and I would like to extend our sympathy for the lost of a great woman. She will be missed no one can replace her. Julia we love you. You will be in our hearts forever Thank you for your services. with love
Michelle Jewell and Family

I had the distinct honor of serving as a page for Ms. Carson when I was a teenager. I remember her as a kind and caring woman...very warm. Powerful, too. As an adult, I love what she stood for and count myself among the people she left behind who will continue her good work.

We are truly sadden by the lost of a "true soldier"!! In spite of all the hurt and pain we feel because of this devasting lost, we honor the Lord for the legacy Julia leaves behind. God is a God that rewards his people. To the Carson Family thank you so much for allowing her to serve us the people of Indiana in such a remarkable way. Your allowance of Julia's ministry of giving back to her community has touched the lives of millions. Thank you for your sacrifice of time with her....