John Carter

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John Carter
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U.S. House, Texas, District 31
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
District Court Judge, Williamson County, Texas
High schoolBellaire High School
Bachelor'sTexas Tech University
J.D.University of Texas
Date of birthNovember 6, 1941
Place of birthHouston, Texas
ProfessionLawyer, Judge
Office website
Campaign website
John R. Carter (b. November 6, 1941) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Carter represents Texas' 31st congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2002. He ran for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Carter is a "far-right Republican leader".[1]

Carter won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


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.[3]


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


Carter serves on the following committees:[4]

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


Carter was a member of the following House committees:[5]

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


Presidential preference


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

John Carter endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6] He originally endorsed Rick Perry.[7]



See also: Texas' 31st congressional district elections, 2012

Carter ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 31st District. He defeated Eric Klingemann in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Stephen Wyman (D) and Ethan Garofolo (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Carter won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Bill Oliver (Libertarian).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 31, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Carter Incumbent 82.5% 126,384
     Libertarian Bill Oliver 17.5% 26,735
Total Votes 153,119

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Carter's reports.[11]

John Carter (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$465,691.97$158,901$(77,007.08)$547,585.89
Pre-Primary[13]May 17, 2012$547,585.89$55,579$(46,649.19)$556,515.70
Running totals


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.[14]


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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Carter's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $415,002 to $4,819,996. That averages to $2,617,499 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Carter voted with the Republican Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 21 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[17]

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Carter and his wife, Erika, have four children.[18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
New District
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 31
Succeeded by
Preceded by
District Court Judge, Williamson County, Texas
Succeeded by