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Heather Carter
Heather Carter.gif
Arizona House of Representatives District 15
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Master'sArizona State University
Ph.D.Northern Arizona University
Office website
Campaign website
Heather Carter is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Carter earned her undergraduate degree in communication and a masters degree in education technology from Arizona State University and her doctorate degree in educational leadership from NAU in 2006. Her professional experience includes working in sales for KOOL-FM, the Phoenix Sunds, Wallace Laboratories, and as a real estate agent, teaching 7th grade in the Paradise Valley Unified School District at Greenway Middle School, working as a Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Committee assignments


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

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Health, Chair


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


Campaign themes


Carter's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "The key to our continued economic recovery is the growth of specific industries and business sectors within our state. By reducing overburdensome regulation and supporting our local businesses, we will enable employers to grow and create new jobs."
  • Balanced Budget
Excerpt: "It has become commonplace for government to spend when economic times are good, only to face severe cuts when the economy suffers. Having worked to balance two state budgets, I understand the importance of stabilizing government spending."
  • Education
Excerpt: "A strong education system is the foundation for a strong Arizona. Employers rely on an educated workforce, so it is critical that our K-12, community college and university systems are challenging our students to succeed. Parents know their kids best, so it is important that we protect the opportunity for school choice and open enrollment."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "Part of my responsibility as a Legislator is to create laws that protect our families and neighborhoods. But, safety and security has many different forms. From enhancing the 2nd Amendment, state’s rights, and our military, to protecting life and the sanctity of marriage, I believe the safety of Arizona families can never be taken for granted."
  • Border Policy
Excerpt: "I believe in a simple, yet effective approach to dealing with illegal immigration. We must secure the border and we cannot reward those who live in our country illegally. Whether by fence, force or technology, some combination will best suit our state and protect our residents."

Presidential preference


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

Heather Carter endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.[3]


Carter received a score of 60 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was the same as her score on the 2011 report card. Carter’s 60 in 2012 was tied for the 33rd highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[3]



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Carter won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 15. Carter and John Allen defeated James Bearup and incumbent David Smith in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Carter 39.3% 50,716
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Allen 36.1% 46,612
     Democratic Patricia Flickner 24.6% 31,775
Total Votes 129,103

Arizona House of Representatives, District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Carter Incumbent 39.6% 13,196
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Allen 23.5% 7,813
David Smith Incumbent 22.2% 7,397
James Bearup 14.7% 4,895
Total Votes 33,301


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Carter and David Smith won the August 24 primary. They then defeated Democrats Don Chilton and Peter Royers in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 7 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Heather Carter (R) 37,254
Green check mark transparent.png David Smith (R) 34,007
Don Chilton (D) 18,897
Peter Royers (D) 16,560
Jim Iannuzo (L) 4,395
Arizona House of Representatives, District 7 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Smith (R) 7,826
Green check mark transparent.png Heather Carter (R) 6,223
Kristen Burroughs (R) 5,460
Craig Barton (R) 4,909
Michael Edward Farrar (R) 3,915
Howard Lee Sprague (R) 2,947
Michael Coskun (R) 2,429

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carter is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Carter raised a total of $116,648 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[7]

Heather Carter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 15 Won $74,410
2010 Arizona State House, District 7 Won $42,238
Grand Total Raised $116,648


Carter won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $74,410.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Heather Carter's campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,000
Salt River Project$900
Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants$674
Arizona Medical Association$500
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$500
Total Raised in 2012$74,410
Source:Follow the Money


Carter won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $42,238.


Carter has a husband.

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