Pamela Carter

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Pamela Carter
38th Indiana Attorney General
In office
January 13, 1993 – January 16, 1997
Governor Evan Bayh
Preceded by Linley E. Pearson
Succeeded by Jeff Modisett
Personal details
Born (1949-08-20) August 20, 1949 (age 67)
South Haven, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Michigan
Profession Attorney

Pamela Lynn Carter (born Pamela Lynn Fanning; August 20, 1949)[1][2] was the first black woman to serve as a state's attorney general.[3] She served as Indiana Attorney General from 1993 to 1997.


Carter earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law. She worked as an enforcement attorney for Indiana's secretary of state, prior to her election as Indiana's attorney general in November 1992. She is the first African-American woman elected as a state's attorney general. Carter is also the first African American and the first woman attorney general in Indiana's history.[3] In Indiana, Carter is only the second African American elected to statewide office.[4]

In 1995, she was included on Ebony′s list of "100 Most Influential Black Americans."[5]


  1. ^ Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 67, p. 12.
  2. ^ Jennifer M. York, Who's Who Among African Americans. Gale, 2003.
  3. ^ a b Scott, Matthew S. (March 1993). Graves, Earl G., ed. "Lawyer 1st Attorney General". Black Enterprise. New York, New York: Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., Inc. 28 (3): 20. Beating the odds in a traditionally republican state, Pamela Carter became the nation's first elected black female attorney general by winning a brutal election campaign by a 52% to 48% margin last November 
  4. ^ "Blacks Gained Political Ground On State And Local Levels In 1992 Election". Jet. Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Co., Inc. 83 (5): 58–59. November 23, 1992. 
  5. ^ "100 Most Influential Black Americans". Ebony. Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Co., Inc. 50 (7): 130–132,134, 138, 140. May 1995. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Linley E. Pearson
Attorney General of Indiana
Succeeded by
Jeffrey A. Modisett