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    U.S. Representative John R. Carter represents Texas' 31st Congressional District, which includes Williamson and Bell counties.In the 116th Congress, Rep. Carter sits on the Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations and he is the Ranking Member on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations. In addition, he serves as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan House Army Caucus and is member of the House Republicans Steering Committee, a leadership position.

    Since his first election in 2002, Congressman Carter has established himself 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.

    Congressman Carter is one of the few House Members who has authored legislation signed into law under Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. Despite being a veteran Congressman, John Carter is still known as "Judge" for having served over 20 years on the district court bench in Williamson County, which he won as the first county-wide elected Republican in Williamson County in modern history. Before becoming a Judge, Congressman Carter had a successful private law practice and continued to practice law while serving as the Municipal Judge in Round Rock.

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    A true Texan at heart, Congressman Carter was born and raised in Houston and has spent his adult life in Central Texas. Carter attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a degree in History and then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1969.Congressman Carter and his wife, Erika, met in Holland and have been happily married since June 15, 1968. Since then, they have built a home and raised a family of four on Christian beliefs and strong Texas Values. Congressman Carter and Mrs. Carter are also proud grandparents to six precious grandchildren.  


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As a former member of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, I understand the important role education plays in the life of every American.  Whether students plan to attend a four-year university or enter into the workforce right out of high school, they should be adequately prepared through our education system for a successful journey.

First and foremost, I strongly believe that Texans know how to educate Texans best!  Traditionally, the federal government plays a limited role in how schools are financed, and states and local governments have the predominant responsibility in driving and implementing education policy.  I supported the Every Student Succeeds Act which replaced the outdated No Child Left Behind law by revamping our education system to ensure that the federal footprint is reduced, local control is restored, and parents are empowered.

I have long worked with local and state officials to ensure the development of higher education facilities in the district. These schools have helped address the growing physician and nurse shortages by training residents and attracting future physicians and nurses to the district.  Additionally, my office helped to facilitate the openings of East Williamson County Higher Education Center (TSTC and Temple College), Texas State Nursing School, Texas A&M Medical School, and Texas A&M Central Texas.

Across Texas and our great nation, we have many great businesses in search of qualified talent within the trades and vocational arts.  At the same time, we are seeing a great number of smart, motivated students uninterested in the curricula of most four-year colleges dropping out of high school or not pursuing any additional schooling following graduation.  We can’t let this talent go to waste.

However, there are plenty of great jobs that do not require a traditional, four year college degree but do require some form of education.  In an effort to retain and build quality talent for our nation’s businesses, and to decrease the number of high school dropouts, I’m committed to working with stakeholders to incentivize students into trade and vocational educational institutions, and recognize those exceptional students in this arena.


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  • Office Locations Push

    Office Name Location Image Map URL
    Washington DC
    2110 Rayburn H.O.B.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    (202) 225-3864
    Round Rock Office
    1717 North IH 35
    Suite 303
    Round Rock, TX 78664
    (512) 246-1600
    Bell County Office
    6544B S. General Bruce Drive
    Temple, TX 76502
    Located next to the DPS office
    (254) 933-1392