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Stefani Carter
Stefani Carter.jpg
Texas State House, District 102
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAssistant district attorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Stefani Carter is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 102. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Carter is a candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission seat in the 2014 elections.[1]

Biography

Carter attended Harvard Law School and the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as an assistant district attorney, a contributing editorial writer for USA Today, and a Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Criminal Jurisprudence, Vice-chair

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Carter served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Carter website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Job Creation – YES

Excerpt:"The verdict is in and the federal stimulus plan has failed to create the jobs that were promised. In Texas, thankfully, while things aren’t great, they’re a lot better than in any other state around the country. We are blessed here with the strongest economy in the world. Let’s not forget that. And it’s due to strong conservative Republican leadership here that years ago decided against out of control spending and higher taxes. Stefani Carter will vote for additional tax cuts that allow employers to retain workers they may have laid off otherwise."

More Government Debt – NO

Excerpt:"Politicians in Washington D.C. are bankrupting our country. Need proof? Back in the 1960s every baby born in this country was born with about $2,000 in federal government debt for which that child would be responsible over the course of his or her lifetime. Know what that number is today? Closing in on $44,000 in federal debt for every baby born in America. Stefani Carter will vocally oppose federal government earmarks."

Reducing Government Spending – YES

Excerpt:" Stefani Carter favors the plan to cap state government spending at last year’s budgeted amount plus inflation and accounting for population growth. Families in our community have to tighten our belts in this recession. The government should do the same. But since they won’t, we’ll make them."

Higher Taxes – NO

Excerpt:" Too many of our community’s residents are being hit with higher tax bills. This must end. It’s just not fair for taxpayers to pay more. Stefani Carter will oppose any tax increases, any time. View Stefani’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge"

Tough on Crime – YES

Excerpt:" As a former prosecutor, Stefani Carter will fight to keep violent criminals behind bars where they belong. The reality is that most of the crimes we fear are committed by a very small group of very bad people. We need to find them, capture them and throw them in jail – for good. As a conservative, you can count on Stefani to provide support for victims and little sympathy for those who prey on our families."

Illegal Immigration – NO Excerpt:" Illegal immigration is just that – “Illegal” and should be combated via every reasonable means. Stefani Carter favors requiring businesses to verify the immigration status of their workers and fine them for intentionally hiring those who are in the country unlawfully. Stefani also supports our state’s ability and responsibility to pick up where the federal government is falling down on the job. If they won’t fix it, Texas will."

Government-Controlled Healthcare – NO

Excerpt:" There’s a great bumper sticker out there. It reads; “If you thought healthcare was expensive now, just wait til it’s free.” Since when did a government takeover makes things more customer friendly and lower costs? The answer is never. Stefani Carter will fight any attempts by the Obama Administration to force feed socialized medicine to Texas families."

Pro-life – YES

Excerpt:" Stefani was born and raised a pro-life Catholic. She values the sanctity of human life."

Pro 2nd Amendment – YES

Excerpt:" Based on her experience in law enforcement, Stefani knows that we cannot depend on the Police to always be there when we need them most. The best deterrent to violent crime is a firearm in the household and trained citizens, who know how to handle themselves. Stefani always believes in the simple statement contained in our nation’s Constitution, “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

More Welfare – NO

Excerpt:" Unfortunately, because of the entitlement attitude coming out of Washington DC, we have more and more people just deciding to stop taking care of themselves. Crazy incentives pay people more to sit on the sidelines rather than try to get back into the workforce. It’s time for everyone to be reminded that America has always represented limitless opportunity, not a guaranteed outcome. Stefani Carter will work hard to remind the liberals that taking from some (through ever increasing taxes) and giving to others has never worked for long."

Public Education – YES

Excerpt:" For years politicians have been telling us what we wanted to hear and then voting to increase both state and federal control over our local schools. Their one-size-fits-all mentality has got to change and Stefani Carter will vote to allow local schools, local parents and local teachers to determine how our children are to be educated – not bureaucrats. What’s right for one school district may not work elsewhere. It’s time to stop paying lip service to the idea of local control and start acting on it.

Stefani believes education is the great equalizer and the quest for higher education should be in every child’s heart. Stefani Carter is a product of our public schools and the daughter of a former elementary school teacher. She’s served on the state’s Board for Educator Certification and she knows that there’s room to improve and grow if we allow the local schools and parents to lead the way."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas state executive official elections, 2014

Carter announced her plan to run for an open Railroad Commission seat on July 8, 2013.[3][4] The seat is being vacated by Barry Smitherman (R), who is running for attorney general.[5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Carter won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 102. Carter was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Rich Hancock (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 102, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStefani Carter Incumbent 57.1% 30,303
     Democratic Rich Hancock 42.9% 22,736
Total Votes 53,039

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Carter won election to Texas House of Representatives District 102. She defeated Geoff Bailey in the March 2 Republican primary and then ousted incumbent Democratic candidate Carol Kent in the November 2 general election.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 102
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stefani Carter (R) 14,202 54.63%
Carol Kent (D) 11,791 45.36%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carter is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Carter raised a total of $2,029,404 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[9]

Stefani Carter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 102 Won $631,603
2010 Texas State House, District 102 Won $1,397,801
Grand Total Raised $2,029,404

2012

Carter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $631,603.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Stefani Carter's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$90,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$82,027
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$58,385
Perry, Bob J & Doylene$35,000
Texas Republican Party$20,965
Total Raised in 2012$631,603
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Carter won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Carter raised a total of $1,397,801.

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[10] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

Stefani Carter received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Carter was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carol Kent (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 102
2011-Present
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