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
Date of birthSeptember 6, 1957
Place of birthPort Wentworth
ProfessionPharmacist
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Earl "Buddy" Carter (b. September 6, 1957) 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 was born and raised in Port Wentworth, Georgia. He 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.[3]

Carter now resides near Savannah, Georgia and is married with three sons and a daughter. He was the mayor of Pooler, Georgia from 1996 to 2004. In 2006, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and served in the chamber until 2008. He was elected to the Georgia State Senate and served in the chamber from 2009-2014. Within his own community, Carter served on the board of trustees for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum and The Coastal Bank.

Additionally, he is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, The Academy of Independent Pharmacists, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, the Georgia Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Savannah Area, Effingham, and Bryan County’s Chamber of Commerce, the Pooler Georgia Rotary Club, and the Island Hospice Board of Directors.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Carter's academic, professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Carter serves on the following committees:[6]

Georgia Senate

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:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Carter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[7]

  • National Debt
Excerpt: "We do need major spending cuts, but we also need economic growth to fix our current national debt problem. To create economic growth, Buddy will support major tax relief plans that will transform our current, failing income tax. Either the Fair Tax or the Flat Tax would be a major improvement and both would create major economic growth."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "To create economic growth, Buddy will support major tax relief plans that will to change our current, failing income tax system and replace it with either a Flat Tax or a Fair Tax system. The Fair Tax or the Flat Tax would be a major improvement, and both would create major economic growth."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Businesses can deduct the cost of health care premiums on their taxes – but taxpaying families with individual plans cannot. That’s not fair. As a Congressman, Buddy Carter will support allowing families to deduct from their taxes the unfair health care costs that have been created by Obamacare."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "Buddy Carter supports tax relief for farmers in the form of income tax credits to offset the cost of insurance against severe drought or flood. Carter’s proposed tax relief for farmers would be targeted to small family farms with income of $250,000 annually or less."
  • Right to Life
Excerpt: "I will support efforts to prevent abortion. As our Congressman I will continue to oppose the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion. I will continue to oppose taxpayer funds being given to organizations like Planned Parenthood. I will support efforts for federal recognition of unborn human life and to support Constitutional protections of unborn life."
  • Middle East and Israel
Excerpt: "Buddy Carter believes that it is dangerous for America to be perceived as equivocating on our support for Israel. As our Congressman, Buddy Carter will support efforts to strengthen Israel and help keep it safe from violent rogue nations and terrorists."

Elections

2014

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

Carter was a 2014 Republican candidate for Georgia's 1st Congressional District.[8] He advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[9] 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. Carter 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.[10][11] Carter won the seat in the general election running unopposed.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Carter is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Carter raised a total of $2,494,784 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[15]

Earl "Buddy" Carter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Georgia, District 1) Won $1,825,004
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 $2,494,784

2014

Carter won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Carter's campaign committee raised a total of $1,825,004 and spent $1,606,049.[16] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[17]

Cost per vote

Carter spent $16.85 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1, 2014 - Earl "Buddy" Carter Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,825,004
Total Spent $1,606,049
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $46,139
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $46,857
Top contributors to Earl "Buddy" Carter's campaign committee
AmerisourceBergen Corp$17,200
Petro-Hunt LLC$16,500
National Community Pharmacists Assn$15,500
American Bankers Assn$15,000
American Pharmacists Assn$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retail Sales$140,400
Health Professionals$136,700
Leadership PACs$57,992
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$44,350
Retired$43,866

Below are Carter's FEC reports.[18]


2012

Carter won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $158,103.

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.[25]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[26]

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.[27]

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. Buddy Carter for Congress, "Meet Buddy," accessed February 3, 2015
  4. Richmond Hill Live, "Georgia State Senator, Buddy Carter, Seeks Georgia's First District of US Congress," May 6, 2014
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Buddy Carter," accessed January 26, 2015
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  7. Buddy Carter for Congress, "On the Issues," accessed February 3, 2015
  8. Roll Call, "Former Kingston Staff to run for GA01" accessed May 14, 2013
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named prim
  10. Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, "Candidate List," accessed May 29, 2012
  11. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 31, 2014
  12. Georgia Elections Division, "2012 Election Results" accessed November 16, 2012
  13. Georgia Secretary of State, "2010 Election results," accessed December 31, 2014
  14. 2008 House District 159 Election Results
  15. followthemoney.org, "Carter, Earl (Buddy)," accessed August 21, 2013
  16. Open Secrets, "Earl Carter 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 1, 2015
  17. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 1, 2015
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Earl Carter 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 29, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed February 24, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Run-Off," accessed October 20, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  25. Buddy Carter for Senate
  26. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 4, 2014
  27. 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