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Andre Carson to become first Muslim on House Intel committee

By Aileen Graef

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., became the first Muslim tapped to sit on the House Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly announced the appointment during a weekly caucus meeting. He already serves on the House Armed Services Committee and previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security's Fusion Center -- the section dedicated to streamlining information sharing between government agencies and the military after a failure to do so effectively prior to the 9/11 attacks.

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The committee will likely focus on the threat of the Islamic State and the ongoing instability in Ukraine during the 114th Congress.

Carson became the second Muslim to serve in Congress after he won a special election in 2008 to replace his grandmother, Rep. Julia Carson.

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