Brad Ellsworth

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Brad Ellsworth
U.S. Representative – IN-08
Party Democratic
Assumed office

January 4, 2007

Preceded by Josh Hostettler
Born September 11, 1958
Spouse Beth Ellsworth
Religion Roman Catholic

Brad Ellsworth (born September 11, 1958 in Jasper, Indiana) is the Democratic Representative serving the 8th Congressional District of Indiana. See Indiana U.S. House election, 2006. Ellsworth was first elected to Congress in 2006.


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Ellsworth defeated incumbent Republican John Hostettler in 2006 because of public anger over the Iraq War and the absurdity of Hostettler's campaign messages, which included references to "Homosexual agenda," "San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi," "New York liberal Charlie Rangel," 'Detroit liberal John Conyers." (Source: Adam Nossiter. G.O.P. Collapse in Indiana Emblematic of Larger Loss, The New York Times. November 12, 2006. A24.)

Ellsworth has served as President of the Indiana Sheriff's Association and was named Outstanding Alumni by University of Southern Indiana.


  • B.S., Indiana State University, Evansville, Ind., 1981
  • M.S., Indiana State University, Evansville, Ind., 1993


  • police officer; sheriff, Vanderburgh County, Ind., 1999-2007

Political history

  • elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Tenth Congress (January 3, 2007-present).

Ellsworth was the Sheriff of Vanderburgh County, [[Indiana].


  • married for 23 years to his college sweetheart, Beth
  • daughter, Andrea attends Indiana University
  • attends St. Agnes Catholic Church.


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