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.
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. 
Meet the Cash Constituents
- Summary campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics on their Open Secrets LA-02 election profile page
- Detailed campaign contribution data from the Federal Elections Commission for Karen Carter
Committees and Affiliations
Carter will be assigned committees if and when she is elected to Congress.
More Background Data
Articles and Resources
- Karen Carter for Congress, official campaign site.
Local blogs and discussion sites
- Your Right Hand Thief: Laughing off hard truths in New Orleans
- The American Zombie Zone
- People Get Ready: We all sink or swim together
Campaign contact information
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