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John Carter
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U.S. House, Texas, District 31
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.21 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,596,780
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
District Court Judge, Williamson County, Texas
1981-2001
Education
High schoolBellaire High School
Bachelor'sTexas Tech University
J.D.University of Texas
Personal
BirthdayNovember 6, 1941
Place of birthHouston, Texas
ProfessionLawyer, Judge
Net worth$375,000
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John R. Carter (b. November 6, 1941, in Houston, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 31st Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2002.

Carter most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Stephen Wyman (D) and Ethan Garofolo (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Prior to his career in the U.S. House, Carter served as a District Court Judge for Williamson County, Texas, for 20 years.

Carter is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Carter is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Carter was born in Houston, Texas. He earned his B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1964 and his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1969.[2]

Career

After earning his J.D., Carter went into private practice as a lawyer. He was elected county judge and served in that position for 20 years before running for the House of Representatives.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Carter serves on the following committees:[3]

  • House Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security (Chair)
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

Carter was a member of the following House committees:[4]

  • House Appropriations Committee
    • Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
    • Transportation Subcommittee
    • Homeland Security Subcommittee

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Carter's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Carter voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Carter voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Carter voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Carter voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Carter voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Carter voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Carter voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Carter voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Carter voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Carter voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Carter voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Carter voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Carter endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [27] He originally endorsed Rick Perry.[28]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

Carter is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face Louie Minor (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 31st Congressional District elections, 2012

Carter won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 31st District. He defeated Eric Klingemann in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Stephen Wyman (D) and Ethan Garofolo (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, Texas District 31 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Carter Incumbent 61.3% 145,348
     Democratic Stephen M. Wyman 35% 82,977
     Libertarian Ethan Garofalo 3.7% 8,862
Total Votes 237,187
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Carter Incumbent 76% 32,917
Eric Klingemann 24% 10,400
Total Votes 43,317

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carter is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Carter raised a total of $5,596,780 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[36]

John Carter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 31) Won $885,683
2010 US House (Texas, District 31) Won $997,508
2008 US House (Texas, District 31) Won $947,701
2006 US House (Texas, District 31) Won $876,895
2004 US House (Texas, District 31) Won $1,086,204
2002 US House (Texas, District 31) Won $802,789
Grand Total Raised $5,596,780

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Carter's reports.[37]

John Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$464,659.20$91,074.99$(59,355.70)$496,378.49
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$496,378.49$122,005.84$(125,888.59)$492,495.74
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$492,495.74$132,477.78$(67,757.79)$557,215.73
Year-End[41]January 31, 2014$557,215$73,374$(182,401)$448,189
Running totals
$418,932.61$(435,403.08)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Carter's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Carter won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Carter's campaign committee raised a total of $885,684 and spent $757,983.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Carter spent $5.21 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Carter's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Carter won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Carter's campaign committee raised a total of $997,508 and spent $712,430.[44]

U.S. House, Texas District 31, 2010 - John Carter Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $997,508
Total Spent $712,430
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to John Carter's campaign committee
Crow Holdings$28,800
Dell Inc$17,000
AT&T Inc$11,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,400
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$102,440
Retired$52,025
Health Professionals$48,400
Computers/Internet$33,000
Commercial Banks$32,800

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Carter is a "far-right Republican leader" as of June 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

Carter most often votes with:

Carter least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Carter missed 337 of 7,661 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Carter paid his congressional staff a total of $911,840 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Carter's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $100,002 and $649,999. That averages to $375,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Carter ranked as the 300th most wealthy representative in 2012.[49]

John Carter Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$375,000$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Carter ranked 101st in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[50]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Carter was tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 11th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[51]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Carter has voted with the Republican Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 145th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[52]

Personal

Carter and his wife, Erika, have four children.[53]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CARTER, John R., (1941 - )," accessed August 1, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," accessed November 2, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Texas Tribune, “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012
  28. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 22, 2011
  29. Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
  30. Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for John Carter," accessed March 25, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "John Carter 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "John Carter 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  45. GovTrack, "John Carter," accessed June 7 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "John Carter," accessed August 2, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "John Carter," accessed April 2, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "John Carter," accessed September 17, 2012
  49. OpenSecrets, "John Carter (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  53. Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 2, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 31
2003-Present
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Preceded by
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District Court Judge, Williamson County, Texas
1981-2001
Succeeded by
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