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Earl "Buddy" Carter
Earl "Buddy" Carter.jpg
Georgia State Senate District 1
In office
January 2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$17,342/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives
Mayor, City of Pooler
1996 - 2004
AssociatesYoung Harris College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia (1980)
Place of birthPort Wentworth
Office website
Campaign website

Earl "Buddy" Carter (b. September 6) is a Republican member of the Georgia State Senate. He has represented District 1 since 2009.

Carter served as Mayor of Pooler, Georgia, for five terms from 1996-2005. Carter served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 to September 2009, representing District 159. On November 3, 2009 he was elected to the Georgia State Senate representing District 1.

Carter worked as a Pharmacist prior to his legislative elections. He was employed as a Staff Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager for Rupert Heller's Prescriptions from 1980 to 1988. In November of 1988 Buddy opened his first retail pharmacy. Since 1988, he has owned and operated 3 retail pharmacies. Today, Buddy consults for Omnicare, Inc., and operates his 3 Pharmacies located in Pooler and Garden City, Georgia.

Carter received an Associate of Science Degree from Young Harris College, then transferred to the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1980.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Carter ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 1. Caret 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.[1][2] Carter won the seat in the general election running unopposed.[3]

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


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.[4]

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%


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.[5]

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

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Carter received $260,329 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


In 2008 Carter collected $37,777 in donations. [7] His six largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Georgia Pharmacy Association $4,000
Home Builders Association of Georgia $2,000
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation $2,000
UnitedHealth Care $2,000
Georgia Medical Association $1,750
Georgia Optometric Association $1,750

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Carter lives in Pooler, Georgia with his wife Amy. They have three sons, Joel, Barrett, and Travis. [8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Johnson
Georgia Senate District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Georgia House of Representatives District 159
Succeeded by
Ann Purcell