Brad Ellsworth

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Brad Ellsworth previously served the 8th Congressional district of Indiana

Brad Ellsworth, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District of Indiana, having served 2007 to 2011. (map)[1]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Ellsworth was born and spent his childhood in Huntingburg, Indiana. When he was still in grade school, his family moved to Evansville, Indiana where his father took a job as a crane operator in Warrick County's Alcoa plant. After graduation from Evansville's William Henry Harrison High School (Evansville) in 1976, he attended the University of Southern Indiana where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Ellsworth worked in the paint and hardware department at Sears while in school to pay for his education. He later received a Masters Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.

In 1982, Ellsworth began a career in the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's office. Over the next 23 years, he held every merit rank, and was twice decorated for heroism in the line of duty. While serving in the Department, Brad instituted the first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in the Evansville - Vanderburgh School Corporation. He later attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

In 1998, Ellsworth ran as a Democratic candidate for sheriff and won by a large margin. He was unopposed running for a second term. [1]

2006 congressional election

In 2005, Ellsworth announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for Indiana's 8th Congressional District. Ellsworth ran against John Hostettler, the Republican incumbent. [2] Ellsworth defeated Hostettler 61%-39% to take possession of the seat. [3]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Indiana superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Brad Ellsworth, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

2010 elections

Ellsworth ran for Senator for Indiana rather than running for his old House seat. He lost the Senator race to Republican Dan Coats.[1]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Brad Ellsworth
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


More background data

Background information on John Hostettler, whom Brad Ellsworth challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:

Former contact

Washington, DC Office:
513 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
TEL: (202) 225-4636
FAX: (202) 225-3284

Evansville District Office:
101 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
Room 124 Evansville, Indiana 47708
TEL: (812) 465-6484
Toll Free: (866) 567-0227
FAX: (812) 422-4761

Terre Haute District Office:
901 Wabash Avenue, Suite 140
Terre Haute, Indiana 47807
TEL: (812) 232-0523
FAX: (812) 232-0526

Articles and resources


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brad Ellsworth profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.

Local blogs and discussion sites


Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Agriculture/Subcommittee on Conservation Credit Energy and Research, House Committee on Agriculture/Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Terrorism Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 07, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 101 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 124 Evansville, Indiana 47708
Phone: (812) 465-6484,(866) 567-0227 / Fax: (812) 422-4761
2. 901 Wabash Avenue, Suite 140, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807
Phone: (812) 232-0523 / Fax: (812) 232-0526

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Date of Birth: September 11, 1958