John Carter

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U.S. Representative

John Carter (R)


Leadership: Conference Secretary
Committees: House Committee on Appropriations
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for TX-31

Confirmed: Stephen Wyman, John Carter
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for TX-31)
On the Web
Official website

John R. Carter, a Republican, has represented the Thirty-First Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002. At the beginning of the 111th Congress, Carter was elected secretary of the Republican Conference.


Records and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 100 - 23/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 0 - 0/20 5 - 1/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 80 - 16/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Positions on transparency

Carter has refused to publish his appointment calendar from the previous day, citing national security concerns. His comment was in response to the request of one of his constituents that he do so as a part of the Sunlight Foundation's Punch Clock Campaign. [1]


Carter was born November 6, 1941 and raised in Houston. He was educated at Texas Tech University (B.A.) and University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1969). In 1981, was appointed the judge of the 277th District Court of Williamson County, Texas and was elected District Judge in 1982. Prior to his time on the bench, Carter was in private practice as an attorney.

Congressional career

Carter was elected to Congress in 2002.

Carter's House biography describes him 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."[2]

He works for legislation that is "tough on crime" and describes himself as "a true Texan at heart" and has "built a home and raised a family of four on Christian beliefs and strong Texas Values."[3]

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Mary Beth Harrell to face Carter in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Carter retained his seat. Following the elections, Carter was named secretary of the House Republican Conference for the 110th Congress.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Dell Inc$ 20,000
American Bankers Assn$ 10,000
AT&T Inc$ 10,000
Koch Industries$ 10,000
National Assn of Realtors$ 10,000
National Auto Dealers Assn$ 10,000
American Farm Bureau$ 9,647
Berkshire Hathaway$ 9,500
Energy Future Holdings Corp$ 9,500
Lockheed Martin$ 8,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for John Carter
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Foreign Operations Export Financing and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on John Carter. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 409 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3864 Fax: 202-225-5886
    Webform email
District offices
  • 116 South East Street, Belton, TX 76513
    Ph: 254-933-1392 Fax: (none entered)
  • One Financial Center, 1717 North IH 35, Suite 303, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Ph: 512-246-1600 Fax: (none entered)
  • Post Office Box 6930, Round Rock, TX 78683
    Ph: 512-246-1600 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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