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Pamela Carter

Pamela Carter

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.

Pamela Carter
38th Indiana Attorney General
In office
January 13, 1993  January 16, 1997
GovernorEvan Bayh
Preceded byLinley E. Pearson
Succeeded byJeff Modisett
Personal details
Born (1949-08-20) August 20, 1949
South Haven, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Detroit, University of Michigan, Indiana University School of Law


Pamela Carter attended the University of Detroit, later earning an M.S.W. degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Law.[4] 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.[5]

In 1995, she was included on Ebony′s list of "100 Most Influential Black Americans."[6]

See also


  1. Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 67, p. 12.
  2. Jennifer M. York, Who's Who Among African Americans. Gale, 2003.
  3. 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. Archived from the original on December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018 via Google Books. 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. "Pamela Lynn Carter: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  5. "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. Archived from the original on December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018 via Google Books. The state of Indiana also made the history books by electing Pamela Carter as state attorney general. Carter, 43, is only the second Black to win statewide office in Indiana....Her campaign manager Chris Worden told JET: "She is the first African-American woman attorney general in the nation; the first woman to be elected attorney general in Indiana; and the first Democrat to hold the office in 28 years."
  6. "100 Most Influential Black Americans". Ebony. Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Co., Inc. 50 (7): 130–132, 134, 138, 140. May 1995. Retrieved December 10, 2018.

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