(CNN) - Indiana voters elected the second Muslim congressman in U.S. history Tuesday.
Andre Carson, the grandson of the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson and a Muslim convert, was elected in a special election, with 54 percent of the popular vote to Republican opponent Jon Elrod's 44 percent.
Julia Carson represented Indiana's 7th district for 10 years. Her grandson, a member of the Indianapolis City Council since August, will serve out the remainder of her term. In a primary in May, he will seek to be the Democratic nominee for a full two-year term.
In Carson's victory speech Tuesday, he said one of his biggest concerns was bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq.
The first and only other Muslim member of the U.S. Congress is first-term Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
–CNN's Emily Sherman