John R. Carter
35 - Republican
John Carter is serving his fourth term representing the 31st Congressional District of Texas. He was first elected in 2002 and re-elected by large margins every election since.
Congressman Carter is the leading defender of the Rule of Law in the House, and has built a legacy of authoring and supporting legislation to increase the homeland security and national defense of the United States.
Congressman Carter was unanimously elected by his peers to serve in the House Republican leadership as the House Republican Conference Secretary beginning in 2006, the sixth most powerful position among House Republicans.
On the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Carter sits on the subcommittees for Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and Transportation. He is also co-chairman of the House Army Caucus.
Congressman Carter is known as “Judge” on Capitol Hill and at home for serving over 20 years on the Texas bench. In 1981, Congressman Carter was appointed the judge of the 277th District Court of Williamson County and was elected District Judge in 1982. Before becoming a Judge, Congressman Carter had a successful private law practice and continued to practice law while serving as the Municipal Judge in Round Rock. He was the first county-wide elected Republican in Williamson County history. As an attorney, Carter represented the Round Rock and Williamson County communities through their first booming phases of growth and continues to support and guide today’s growth.
Judge Carter was born and raised in Houston. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in history, and received a law degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1969.
John and Erika Carter have been married since 1968, after the couple met in Holland where John worked on offshore oil rigs while in college. The Carters have two sons and two daughters, and raised their family in Williamson County on Christian beliefs and strong Texas values.Read More