|17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development|
From: March 2, 2017 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Party||Democrat (before 1981)|
Republican (1981 – 1999)
Independent (1999 – 2014)
Republican (2014 – present)
|Religion||Seventh-day Adventist (see also: Ben Carson's religious views)|
Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, M.D. (born September 18, 1951), is the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Republican President Donald Trump. He is also a widely admired conservative who was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in the 2016 election. Carson finished a strong fourth in the CPAC straw poll in 2015. Carson, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee were the only presidential candidates willing to speak the truth against the homosexual agenda.
In August 2015, Ben Carson rebuked the liberal media and "dismisses 'anchor-babies' controversy as 'silly'": “We need to talk about the actual issue and stop getting pulled off into the weeds and saying, 'you can't use this term, you can't use that term.'"
Carson is a former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has since retired from medical practice. Carson rose to national political attention for his remarks criticizing Obama at the February 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Carson had previously received publicity for being portrayed in the television movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr.
With his wife Candy, Ben Carson wrote the best-seller: America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great in 2013 and also a best-seller in 2014, which remained a best-seller among U.S. politics books in 2015: One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future.
In May 2016, the SPLC apologized to Ben Carson after placing the then-potential Republican presidential candidate on its "Extremist Watch List" — which is mostly made up of hate groups and white supremacists — for allegedly being "anti-gay."
"America became a great nation early on not because of politicians but because of people who encouraged hard work, creativity, and innovation." (August 6, 2015).
- Colion Noir, Alfonzo Rachel, Alex Barron, Sheriff David Clarke, Dr. Ben Carson, Alan Keyes, Reginald Kaigler (Demcad), Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Conservative black pundits (See Black conservatives and AfricanAmericanConservatives.com)
- School choice
- Charter school
- Black Voices for Trump
- Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Retires From Surgery; Becomes Columnist for Washington Times
- Ben Carson 2016 campaign website
- "Carson, Fiorina launch 2016 bids as diversity of GOP field grows" (May 4, 2015). Fox News website/Politics/Republicans.
- Herb, Jeremy (August 23, 2015). "Carson dismisses 'anchor-babies' controversy as 'silly'" (August 23, 2015). Politico website.
- Richter, Greg and Bachman, John (April 14, 2013). "Ben Carson: Attacks only making me more determined". Newsmax website.
- Jessica Chasmar, Joe Schoffstall. Assault on conservative groups: 10 things you need to know about Southern Poverty Law CenterAssault on conservative groups: 10 things you need to know about Southern Poverty Law Center, Fox News, June 9, 2023.