Lester Carpenter

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Lester Carpenter
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 1
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sWallace State Community College
Office website
Lester "Bubba" Carpenter (b. September 1, 1970) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Carpenter attended Paramedic School at Wallace State Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College. His professional experience includes working as a paramedic.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Carpenter served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Fees and Salaries of Public Officers, Chair
Banking and Financial Services
County Affairs
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Universities and Colleges
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Carpenter served on the following committees:


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Carpenter served on the following committees:



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi House of Representatives will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[2]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Carpenter won re-election to District 1 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated Thomas McCarley in the general election, which took place on November 8, 2011.[3]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 1 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLester Carpenter Incumbent 67.9% 5,343
     Democratic Thomas McCarley 32.1% 2,529
Total Votes 7,872


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Carpenter defeated Democratic incumbent Ricky Cummings, receiving 3,929 votes.[4]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 1 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Lester Carpenter (R) 3,929 53.84%
Ricky Cummings (D) 3,369 46.16%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Carpenter received $42,728 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lester Carpenter's campaign in 2011
Mississippi House Republican Conference$4,000
Forward MS PAC$2,000
Mississippi Bankers Association$2,000
Improve Mississippi$1,658
Stogner, Jerry D$1,500
Total Raised in 2011 $42,728
Total Votes received in 2011 5,343
Cost of each vote received $8


In 2007, Carpenter collected $35,891 in donations.[6]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi Republican Party $14,000
The Warhoog PAC $2,500
Mississippi Association of Realtors $2,000
Carpenter, Lester (Bubba) $1,918
Mississippi Manufacturers Association $1,500


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[7]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[8]


Carpenter has been President of the Burnsville Area Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and Tishomingo County Economic Development.[1]

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