Karen Carter

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Karen Carter is a Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional district of Louisiana

Karen Carter is a Democratic Party candidate in the 2006 congressional election for the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana (map). She is challenging Democratic Rep. William Jefferson.


Karen Carter graduated from Howard University and earned her J.D. at Tulane University Law. After graduating law school she quickly ran and won a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives where she became the first woman to chair the House Insurance Committee. Carter is best known for her work to reform the New Orleans public school system. For these efforts she received one of two inaugural John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards presented by Harvard University in 2004. Carter has also twice been named Legislator of the Year by the Louisiana Alliance for Good Government. Carter previously worked as an assistant to Louisiana Sen. John Breaux and Rep. Bill Tauzin.

2006 Elections

Carter received the endorsements of the Louisiana Democratic Party and the major local paper, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, in her campaign to unseat incumbent Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.).

In the election, Jefferson received 30% of the vote to Carter's 22%, sending the election to a run-off between the two because neither received 50% of the vote. [1]

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Committees and Affiliations

Carter will be assigned committees if and when she is elected to Congress.

More Background Data

Background information on William Jefferson, whom Karen Carter challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:

Articles and Resources


Local blogs and discussion sites



Campaign contact information

Email: info@karencarterforcongress.com
Phone: (504) 309-3247
Fax: (504) 309-3251
Mail: Karen Carter for Congress
PO Box 51836
New Orleans, LA
Campaign Office: 2222 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA