Candidate Profile
John Carter

Republican , Texas


John Carter
U.S. Rep., Dist.31

Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

American Family Association (AFA), 2013:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2015-16:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2013-14:  100%
FRC Action, 2016:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2012:  100%
National Right to Life, 2017-19:  100%
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2017-18:  91%, 89% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  80%, 88% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2016:  B
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2016:  83%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2013:  78%
Club for Growth, 2016:  70%, 74% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2017:  56%, 71% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2015-16:  65%, 60% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  50%
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  47% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2016:  8%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2015:  10%, 7% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  5%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2016:  0%, 4% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2015:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2015:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2017:  0%



Selected Contributions


Aaron Schock, Adam Hasner, Adam Kinzinger, Adrian Smith, Allen West, Austin Scott and 101 more
Associated Builders and Contractors, Building Our Bases, Charles Schwertner, Come Back PAC, Common Sense Common Solutions PAC, Every Republican is Crucial and 32 more


Airline Pilots Association, American Federation of Government Employees, American Maritime Officers, Harvest PAC, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, National Air Traffic Controllers Association







Other Information

Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

My lifetime National Right to Life Committee score is 100%, because of my strong commitment to pro-life legislation. I believe that Americans' hard-earned tax dollars should not be used for abortion procedures.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

It is imperative that the United States have a strong military force and presence. As the representative of the largest active duty armored military installation in the free world, Fort Hood, I understand the importance of ensuring America's military men and women have the resources they need to be effective on the battlefield.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Our Founders recognized the need for separation of powers after experiencing the tyranny, greed, and desire for power by the King of Great Britain. The best way to stymie these qualities was to create a system of checks and balances so one person/branch could not become too powerful.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My wife, Erika, and I have raised our 4 children on strong Christian beliefs and Texas values.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Please visit my website to learn more about my conservative beliefs.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

It's obvious that Obamacare is not working. Many Texans have seen skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices. I support a patient centered approach with less government intervention and more choices for patients.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

In order to strengthen America's economy, the government has to cut through burdensome regulations so that businesses can grow. I proudly voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which increased paychecks for America's middle class, lowered taxes, and boosted the economy.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

I proudly voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to make America's tax system fairer and lower taxes for our working families. This legislation will provide an additional $2,059 a year for the average family of four.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

By lowering taxes and reducing burdensome regulations, businesses have the freedom to hire additional employees and grow their businesses. Getting the government out of the way is the best way to boost the economy and create jobs.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

I support meaningful reforms for Social Security benefits for future generations. Congress has a duty to ensure that Social Security is secure for seniors that have paid into the system for decades.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

As a retired judge, I understand public service and the rule of law. During my time in Congress, I have voted to protect life, secure the border, support our military, take care of our veterans, and promote education for our youngest Texans. I am one of the few members that has had legislation signed into law under Presidents from both sides of aisle.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

John Carter appreciates his neighbors trusting him to cast their vote 1500 miles away at their Nations Capitol. As the First Republican elected in Williamson County since reconstruction, Central Texans have trusted John Carter with the Rule of Law as a District Judge and now as their Congressman! Congressman Carter is the leading defender of the Rule of Law in the House, and has built a legacy of authoring and supporting legislation to increase the homeland security and national defense of the United States. Congressman Carter served 3 terms in the House Republican Leadership, serving in the sixth most influential position in the House, and was promoted in 2012 to Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. He was also selected to serve on the Defense Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee. Congressman Carter’s passion in the House is the Men and Women and their families who serve our Great Country and continues to serve as Co-Chairman o


  • University of Texas Law School, Austin, J.D., 1969
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, B.A.
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  • U.S. Congress Texas Dist. 31, Held 15
  • Williamson County District Court, Held 20

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