Brian D. Kerns

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Brian Kerns
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Edward A. Pease
Succeeded by Julia Carson
Personal details
Born (1957-05-22) May 22, 1957 (age 60)
Terre Haute, Indiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lori Jan Kerns

Brian Douglas Kerns (born May 22, 1957) served as a Republican Representative from Indiana's 7th Congressional District from January 3, 2001 to January 3, 2003.

Kerns was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has both a B.A. and an M.P.A. from Indiana State University. He is the son-in-law of Representative John T. Myers. He is married and has five children.

Prior to serving in Congress, Kerns was an administrator at St. Joseph's College, and a television journalist. Kerns also was an aide to Representative Edward A. Pease and served as his chief of staff.

Congressional career[edit]

In 2000, when Pease retired, Kerns won a 12-way Republican Primary. Kerns went on to win the general election with close to 65% of the vote.

During his term in Congress, Kerns took up many social issues including gun rights and working to ban human cloning. He is also responsible for bringing closure to the Lafayette Railroad Relocation Project. Kerns served on the International Relations and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. During his time in congress, Kerns never missed a single vote.[1]

After the 2000 United States Census, Indiana lost a district. A majority of Kerns' old district was placed in the newly created 4th district, but Kerns' home in Terre Haute was placed in the 8th.[2] Rather than face 8th District Congressman John Hostettler in a primary on Hostettler's home turf, Kerns moved to Hendricks County to face Congressman Steve Buyer, part of whose district had been folded into the 4th. Brian Kerns lost the primary to Buyer.


  1. ^ "Brian Kerns". Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kerns may move to retain seat". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward A. Pease
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Succeeded by
Julia Carson