Politics

Rep. Andre Carson Becomes First Muslim Selected To House Intelligence Committee

| by Edward Arnold

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, will become the first Muslim Congressman to serve on the House's Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced in a closed door meeting that she would name Carson to the panel overseeing the U.S. intelligence community. The committee also works on cyber security and global terrorism.

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The announcement will become official later this week.

Carson, who was first elected to the House in 2008, has previously worked for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana State Police. The International Business Times reports that Carson converted to Islam about 10 years before he was elected to Congress.

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Carson is the second Muslim to be elected to Congress behind current co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota.

Currently, Carson serves on the Armed Services Committee and has worked with the Department of Homeland Security.

His selection comes only a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 17 people. Reports have circulated confirming that Yemen's al-Qaeda branch, an Islamic terrorist group, was behind the attack.

Carson believes that "it is impossible to fight the threat of global terror without help from Muslims."

Source: International Business Times, Indy Star, Yahoo News / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons