Candidate Profile
Steve Carter

Republican , Louisiana


Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), 2019:  80%, 78% (cum.)
American Conservative Union LA, 2018:  57%, 57% (cum.)





EastPAC/Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)

Reported by Candidate

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

Selected Contributions


Charles Boustany Jr. M.D. (2016), State Republican Party Organizations (2017), William "Bill" Cassidy (2010)







Other Information


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

Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should not be allowed under any circumstances.


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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

We need businesses to come to Louisiana instead of choosing other states. Our infrastructure is terrible, our legal environment is terrible and our taxes are too high. We need to fix our roads and bridges, lower the jury trial threshold, and lower taxes. Those changes will bring in more businesses with good-paying jobs and lower unemployment.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government can boost the economy by upgrading our infrastructure, lowering taxes, and lowering the jury trial threshold. All of these issues create unneeded for businesses which means they cannot use their money to bring good jobs to Louisiana. If we fix some of these problems, it will allow businesses to invest more money and it will boost our economy.

Religious Liberty

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

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

Strongly Agree


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

Strongly Disagree

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

We need to end Obamacare. This terrible piece of legislation has ruined healthcare in the United Staes. I will work with our Congressional delegation to ensure Obamacare is repealed and replaced.

National Security

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

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


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

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.

Strongly Agree

I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Strongly Disagree

If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Strongly Disagree

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

The founding fathers saw what happens when you have taxation without representation and when a King has too much control. They created three separate branches of government to hold each branch accountable and to make sure that one branch does not have too much power. These three branches work together to create a government that is fair for everyone.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

The Gospel is the good news that God, because of his great love for his people, has done everything necessary for us to live in relationship with him. God created us and deserves our allegiance, but we rebelled because we wanted to do life on our own without him. Jesus came to earth as fully God and fully man to live the life I could not live and suffered the punishment I deserved for my treason. When I put my faith in Christ, I become part of his family. God, who created everything, sent His only, perfect Son to die a horrible death so that my sins would be covered. Because of His sacrifice and grace, I am free from guilt and shame and get to spend eternity in heaven with Him.


I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election

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.

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

I have served as a State Representative for East Baton Rouge Parish for the last 12 years. During this time, I served as the chairman of the House Education Committee and chairman of the Capital Region Legislative Delegation. I know what it takes to get the job done.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

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

My commitment to the people of Senate District 16 is simple -- I will continue the practice of putting real, tangible solutions over politics. That's the only way we will see our traffic improve and our state prosper.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.

Strongly Agree


  • LSU, Baton Rouge, History (BA), 1966
Work & Military
  • United States Air Force, Captain, 1967 - 1971
  • LSU, Tennis Head Coach & Associate Athletic Director, 1972 - 1978
  • Steve Carter Enterprises, Owner, 1978 - current
  • First Presbyterian Church (Baton Rouge), Member
  • Leadership for Change Summit on Education Reform, Founder
  • Volunteers in Public Schools, Volunteer
  • Junior League of Baton Rouge, Former Community Advisory Board Member
  • Louisiana State Representative, District 68, Held 2008 - current

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