Earl "Buddy" Carter

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Earl "Buddy" Carter
Earl "Buddy" Carter.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJack Kingston
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia State Senate
2008 - 2014
Georgia House of Representatives
Mayor, City of Pooler
1996 - 2004
Education
Associate'sYoung Harris College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia (1980)
Personal
Place of birthPort Wentworth
ProfessionPharmacist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Earl "Buddy" Carter (b. September 6) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Georgia's 1st Congressional District.

Carter defeated Brian Reese (D) in the election to represent Georgia's 1st Congressional District on November 4, 2014.[1] He defeated Bob Johnson in the Republican runoff primary.[2]

Carter served as Mayor of Pooler, Georgia, from 1996 to 2005 and in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 to September 2009, representing District 159. He was previously a member of the Georgia State Senate and represented Georgia State Senate District 1.

Biography

Carter earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia in 1980. His professional experience includes working as a Staff Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager for Rupert Heller's Prescriptions, Owner and Operator of three retail pharmacies, and consultant for Omnicare, Inc.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Carter's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1977: Graduated from Young Harris College with a A.A.
  • 1980: Graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S.
  • 1994-1995: Member of Pooler City Council
  • 1996-2004: Mayor of Pooler, Georgia
  • 2005-2009: Georgia State House of Representatives District 159
  • 2009-2015: Senator, Georgia State Senate District 1
  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative, Georgia's 1st Congressional District

Before politics, Carter was a business and pharmacist.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Carter served on the following committees:

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety, Chair
Appropriations
Health and Human Services
Higher Education

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Carter served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Carter served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Carter was a 2014 Republican candidate for Georgia's 1st Congressional District.[4] He advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[5] He defeated Bob Johnson in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.[2] He defeated Brian Reese (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEarl "Buddy" Carter 60.91% 95,337
     Democratic Brian Reese 39.09% 61,175
Total Votes 156,512
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBuddy Carter 36.2% 18,971
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Johnson 22.7% 11,890
John McCallum 20.5% 10,715
Jeff Chapman 13.2% 6,918
Darwin Carter 5.4% 2,819
Earl Martin 2% 1,063
Total Votes 52,376
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEarl "Buddy" Carter 53.8% 22,861
Bob Johnson 46.2% 19,621
Total Votes 42,482
Source: Results via Associated Press

2012

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Carter ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 1. Carer ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. No Democratic candidate filed to run for this seat. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7] Carter won the seat in the general election running unopposed.[8]

Georgia State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Carter Incumbent 100% 53,821
Total Votes 53,821

2010

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Carter won re-election to the 1st District seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the July 20 primary and defeated Cary Smith (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Georgia State Senate, District 1
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Earl "Buddy" Carter (R) 34,890 70.3%
Carry Smith (D) 14,723 29.7%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Carter won re-election to the 159th District Seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Carter was unopposed, and raised $37,777 for his campaign.[10]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 159 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Earl Carter (R) 24,026

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carter is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Carter raised a total of $669,780 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[11]

Earl "Buddy" Carter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 1 Won $158,103
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 1 Won $260,329
2008 Georgia State House, District 159 Won $37,777
2006 Georgia State House, District 159 Won $15,160
2004 Georgia State House, District 159 Won $198,411
Grand Total Raised $669,780

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Carter's reports.[12]


Earl Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[13]July 12, 2013$0.00$232,837.38$(17,394.32)$215,443.06
October Quarterly[14]October 14, 2013$215,443$157,310$(60,455)$312,297
Year End[15]January 31, 2014$312,297$168,072$(63,685)$416,684
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$416,684$171,487$(127,075)$461,096
Pre-Run-Off[17]July 2, 2014$241,745.00$320,568.00$(381,614.00)$230,698.00
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2014$230,698$448,646$(580,782)$98,562
Running totals
$1,498,920.38$(1,231,005.32)

2012

Carter won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $158,103.
Georgia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Earl "Buddy" Carter's campaign in 2012
Georgia Pharmacy Association$3,500
Corrections Corp of America$2,750
Georgia Optometric Association$2,500
Walgreens$2,500
David Shafer Senate Cmte$2,250
Total Raised in 2012$158,103
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Carter won election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $260,329.

2008

Carter won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $37,777.

2006

Carter won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $15,160.

2004

Carter won election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $198,411.

Personal

Carter and his wife, Amy, have three children.[19]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[20]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."

2012

In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[21]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."

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References

  1. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Runoff Primary Results," accessed July 22, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Buddy Carter," accessed January 26, 2015
  4. Roll Call, "Former Kingston Staff to run for GA01" accessed May 14, 2013
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named prim
  6. Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, "Candidate List," accessed May 29, 2012
  7. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 31, 2014
  8. Georgia Elections Division, "2012 Election Results" accessed November 16, 2012
  9. Georgia Secretary of State, "2010 Election results," accessed December 31, 2014
  10. 2008 House District 159 Election Results
  11. followthemoney.org, "Carter, Earl (Buddy)," accessed August 21, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Earl Carter 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 29, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed February 24, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Run-Off," accessed October 20, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  19. Buddy Carter for Senate
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 4, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Kingston
Georgia's 1st Congressional District
2015–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Eric Johnson
Georgia Senate District 1
2009–2014
Succeeded by
Ben Watson
Preceded by
Jon G. Burns
Georgia House of Representatives District 159
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Ann Purcell