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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 Subcomittee 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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Border Security and Immigration

Border security and immigration issues have dominated debate in Texas and around the nation. This is one of the most important issues facing the Lone Star State right now, and I am a strong advocate for an “enforcement first” approach.

I regularly visit the U.S./Mexico border, and I can assure you that we have a serious crisis in south Texas. Thousands of illegal immigrants are crossing the U.S./Mexico border every week and stopping this tidal wave of illegal immigrants must be our first priority. While many come to America for opportunity and a better quality of life, others take advantage of our porous borders to peddle drugs, weapons, and people.

Successful immigration policy begins by securing our nation’s border.  We must use all means available to secure our border, including the border fence. In some extremely remote areas unmanned drones, sensors and surveillance cameras have proved to be more cost-effective ways to secure the border while allowing the US Border Patrol to deploy their agents to high-traffic areas like South Texas. In many areas additional fencing would help border patrol agents and slow down the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the border.

Once we gain control of the border, I believe we must implement an accountable and effective temporary worker program to allow employers to hire workers to meet demand and grow our economy. This will allow workers to come to the United States to perform jobs that Americans do not want, and then return to their home countries when the job is complete. This system should have a high threshold of accountability, forbid any immigrants with a criminal history, and require that immigrants return when their position is no longer needed.  This would ensure that immigration benefits Americans first.

I have heard the concerns of constituents throughout the District regarding immigration and border security. I remain committed to keeping our borders secure and Americans safe. 

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During a trip to the border, Congressman Carter demonstrates how thick the sugar cane fields are along the U.S./Texas and Mexico border near McAllen. The fields unfortunately provide coverage for illegal immigrants to cross the Rio Grande River.

Congressman Carter tours the Rio Grande River River with the U.S. Border Patrol.




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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