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John Carter currently serves the 31st Congressional district of Texas

John R. Carter, a Republican, has represented the Thirty-First Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002 (map). At the beginning of the 111th Congress, Carter was elected secretary of the Republican Conference.

Records and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Positions on transparency

Carter has refused to publish his appointment calendar from the previous day, citing national security concerns. His comment was in response to the request of one of his constituents that he do so as a part of the Sunlight Foundation's Punch Clock Campaign. [1]


Carter was born November 6, 1941 and raised in Houston. He was educated at Texas Tech University (B.A.) and University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1969). In 1981, was appointed the judge of the 277th District Court of Williamson County, Texas and was elected District Judge in 1982. Prior to his time on the bench, Carter was in private practice as an attorney.

Congressional career

Carter was elected to Congress in 2002.

Carter's House biography describes him as a "leader in Congress who has the foresight and courage to author and support numerous pieces of legislation that would increase the protection of U.S. citizens and bring justice to those who threaten our freedom and way of life."[2]

He works for legislation that is "tough on crime" and describes himself as "a true Texan at heart" and has "built a home and raised a family of four on Christian beliefs and strong Texas Values."[3]

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Mary Beth Harrell to face Carter in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Carter retained his seat. Following the elections, Carter was named secretary of the House Republican Conference for the 110th Congress.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Foreign Operations Export Financing and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on John Carter. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
408 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4331
Phone: 202-225-3864
Fax: 202-225-5886
Web Email

District Office- Belton:
116 South East Street
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254-933-1392

District Office- Round Rock:
One Financial Center
1717 North IH 35, Suite 303
Round Rock, TX 78664
Phone: 512-246-1600

Campaign Office:
Post Office Box 6930
Round Rock, TX 78683
Phone: 512-246-1600


Articles and resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Secretary Republican Conference
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Military Construction Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
District Court Judge,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 116 South East Street, Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254-933-1392 / Fax:
2. One Financial Center, 1717 North IH 35, Suite 303, Round Rock, TX 78664
Phone: 512-246-1600 / Fax:
3. Post Office Box 6930, Round Rock, TX 78683
Phone: 512-246-1600 / Fax:

Campaign Contact:

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Date of Birth: November 6, 1941