Brian D. Kerns
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 7th district
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Edward A. Pease|
|Succeeded by||Julia Carson|
|Born||May 22, 1957|
Terre Haute, Indiana
|Spouse(s)||Lori Jan Kerns|
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.
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.
After the 2000 United States Census, Kerns' district, which stretched from Terre Haute to West Lafayette, was eliminated. Most of Kerns' old territory was placed in the newly created 4th district. That district had previously been the 5th, represented by fellow Republican Steve Buyer. However, Kerns' home in Terre Haute was placed in the Evansville-based 8th District of another Republican, John Hostettler. Rather than challenge Hostettler for the Republican nomination in the 8th, Kerns moved to Hendricks County to face Buyer and lost.