Former Oklahoma Congressman Brad Carson gets bipartisan support for Army job

Brad Carson, who has been nominated for the second-ranking civilian post in the Army, talked Thursday to the Senate Armed Services Committee about challenges facing the service.
by Chris Casteel Published: January 17, 2014

Former Oklahoma congressman Brad Carson received strong bipartisan support Thursday from the Senate Armed Services Committee for the second-highest U.S. Army civilian job.

Carson, who is now the Army's top lawyer, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the undersecretary of the Army. His nomination must be confirmed by the committee and Senate.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the committee, called the former Democratic congressman a “good friend,” while Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the chairman of the committee, predicted Carson's confirmation.

Carson, 46, a Democrat, represented an eastern Oklahoma district from 2001 to 2005; he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and was defeated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee.

After leaving politics, Carson taught business law, headed the National Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa and served as CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses.

From 2008-09, on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Carson was deployed to Iraq and embedded with the Army's 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion. He has been the general counsel of the Army since early 2012.

At the hearing on Thursday, Carson paid tribute to the Army deaths in the past 14 years — 4,843 in Iraq and 2,401 in Afghanistan — and tens of thousands more wounded, he said.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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