BRAD CARSON was United States Congressman for the 2nd District of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2005. In the United States House of Representatives, Mr. Carson served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Resources Committee, and the Small Business Committee (one term only). Mr. Carson was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 2004, losing one of the most-watched campaigns of the cycle. A sixth-generation Oklahoman, Mr. Carson graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Carson was a Rhodes Scholar and received an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he was selected as the Outstanding Law School Graduate. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Carson was a White House Fellow at the Department of Defense. In Congress, Mr. Carson was active in the New Democratic Coalition and the Blue Dog Coalition, groups that try to bridge the partisan gap in the House of Representatives. His legislative work focused on transportation funding, energy policy, and Native American issues. He has published articles on American politics in /The Weekly Standard/, /The New Republic/, and /Blueprint/.