Record and controversies
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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. 
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.  Ellsworth defeated Hostettler 61%-39% to take possession of the seat. 
|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.|
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Brad Ellsworth from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Brad Ellsworth from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Brad Ellsworth from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces
- House Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- House Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
- Subcommittee on Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship
More background data
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
- Ellsworth for Congress, official campaign site.
Related SourceWatch articles
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
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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|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 07, 2006
|First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available,
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Date of Birth: September 11, 1958