Carson nominated to administration post by Obama

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/15/2011 10:21 AM
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Cherokee Nation citizen Brad Carson for General Counsel of the Army, Department of Defense, according to a Sept. 14 White House Office of Communications news release.

“I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” Obama said.

Carson is an associate professor of business law at the University of Tulsa, where he is also Director of the National Energy Policy Institute.

He served as president, CEO and Business Development Director for Cherokee Nation Businesses from 2005-2008 when he was called into active military service in Iraq. Carson served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and headed a team that gathered intelligence tactics used for improvised explosive devices. He returned home in late 2009, and was nominated and confirmed as a board member of the CNB board of directors.

Prior to joining CNB in 2005, Carson completed a one-year fellowship at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.

He served as the U.S. Representative for the 2nd District of Oklahoma during the 107th and 108th Congresses, and from 1997 to 1998, Carson was a White House Fellow and worked as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Projects at the Department of Defense.

Carson’s legal career began in 1994 at Crowe & Dunlevy where he worked as an antitrust attorney. Carson is a Rhodes scholar and an Officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He holds a B.A. from Baylor University, a master’s degree from Trinity College at Oxford University and a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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