Brad Ellsworth has spent his entire adult life protecting the rights and lives of the people of Southwest Indiana. As the 8th District's Congressman, Brad continues his lifelong commitment of putting people and their interests first.
In 1982, Brad began a career in the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's office. Over the next 24 years, he held every merit rank, and was twice decorated for heroism in the line of duty. While serving in the Department, Brad instituted the first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in the Evansville - Vanderburgh School Corporation. He later attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy.
In 1998 Brad ran as a Democrat candidate for Sheriff and won in a landslide victory. He was unopposed running for a second term. As Sheriff, Brad has been a leader in the war on methamphetamine and started the states most comprehensive website to track and monitor sexual offenders. Brad has also worked hard to expand jail facilities in order to keep criminals behind bars. Outside of his profession, Brad is an active community supporter, serving on numerous boards and committees that enhance the quality of life in the region.
Brad is 47 years old and has been married for 23 years to his college sweetheart, Beth. They have a daughter, Andrea who is a sophomore at Indiana University. Brad has served as President of the Indiana Sheriff's Association and was named Outstanding Alumni by University of Southern Indiana. He and his family attend St. Agnes Catholic Church.