In 2002, Congressman John R. Carter was elected to represent Texas' Thirty-First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and was re-elected in 2004. Congressman Carter has established himself as a leader in Congress who has the foresight and courage to author and support numerous pieces of legislation that would increase the protection of U.S. citizens and bring justice to those who threaten our freedom and way of life.
At the beginning of the 109th Congress, Congressman Carter was elected to serve on the prestigious House Appropriations Committee by the House Republican Steering Committee, where he has served during the past two Congresses. On the appropriations committee, Congressman Carter sits on the three subcommittees,
Congressman Carter was born and raised in Houston and has spent his adult life in Central Texas. Carter and his wife, Erika, met in Holland and have been happily married since June 15, 1968. Since then they have built a home and raised a family of four on Christian beliefs and strong Texas Values. Congressman Carter and Mrs. Carter are also a proud grandparents to three precious grandchildren.
Congressman Carter had a successful private law practice and continued to practice law while serving as the Municipal Judge in Round Rock.
Past President, Round Rock Jaycees
Past President, Round Rock Planning and Zoning Commission
Past President, Williamson County Bar Association
Member, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce.
U.S. Representative John R. Carter was re-elected in a landslide in November 2012 to his sixth term representing Texas' Thirty-First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Carter was selected this term as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations and also to serve on the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee and Defense Subcommittee. In addition, this is his third term as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan House Army Caucus. He has been a member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2004, and also sits on the Subcommittee for Energy and Water.
Carter was elected District Judge in 1982.
Carter was the first county-wide elected Republican in Williamson County history.
At the beginning of the 109th Congress, Congressman Carter was elected to serve on the prestigious House Appropriations Committee by the House Republican Steering Committee, where he has served during the past two Congresses. On the appropriations committee, Congressman Carter sits on the three subcommittees, which benefit the 31st District: Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs, formerly known as Military Construction; Homeland Security; and Foreign Operations. During the 108th Congress, Congressman Carter was a member of the House Education and the Workforce, Judiciary, and Government Reform Committees.
Congressman Carter's leadership ability has been recognized by his colleagues and others. During his first term, Congressman Carter was named one of the "Top Five Freshman" in Congress by Capitol Hill's leading newspaper.
Carter attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a degree in History and then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1969.
Bringing to Congress 20 years of judicial experience, Congressman Carter has consistently worked to advance a tough on crime agenda. In July 2004, President Bush held a signing ceremony for Congressman Carter's Identity Theft bill at the White House. The law lessens the burden of proof making identity theft easier to prove and prosecute and also defines and creates punishment for aggravated identity theft.
Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)