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Former Oklahoma congressman Brad Carson nominated for U.S. Army under secretary

by Chris Casteel Published: November 21, 2013
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President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he intends to nominate former Oklahoma congressman Brad Carson as under secretary of the U.S. Army. Carson is currently the Army’s top lawyer.
Carson, a Democrat, served in Congress from 2001 to 2004, representing an eastern Oklahoma district. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and was defeated by Republican Tom Coburn.
Here is the bio provided by the White House on Thursday:
Brad R. Carson is General Counsel of the Department of the Army at the Department of Defense, a position he has held since 2012. Previously, Mr. Carson was a Professor of Business Law at the University of Tulsa, where he had a joint appointment in the College of Law and the College of Business from 2009 to 2012.
From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of the National Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa. Mr. Carson served on active military duty as a United States Navy officer deployed to Iraq, embedded with the United States Army’s 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion from 2008 to 2009.
Mr. Carson was the Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses, L.L.C. from 2009 to 2010 and a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2005.
From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Carson represented the 2nd District of Oklahoma in the United States House of Representatives. He practiced commercial law at Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C. Mr. Carson received a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.A. from Trinity College at Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.


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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