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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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CTE: Essential to Fulfilling Employment Needs

CTE: Essential to Fulfilling Employment Needs

By John R. Carter

As I travel throughout the 31st Congressional District in Central Texas, various industries are telling me what they need: employees that are trained and job ready. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is providing innovative programs to teach students the relevant skills they need to have the best opportunity to participate and find success in our economy. Students involved in CTE exhibit outstanding aptitude, creativity, and dedication – hard work that deserves to be celebrated and recognized. 

As a Member of Congress, I am proud to promote and invest in programs that prepare students with the necessary skills to keep our workforce competitive and our economy strong. This is one of the many reasons my office sponsored the Congressional Achievement Award for Outstanding Students in Career and Technical Education for Texas 31. I believe it is important to celebrate the hard work of our bright young students, and I plan to make it an annual award.

In order to bridge the gap between our workforce and employers, I believe promoting CTE and the many opportunities it presents should begin at the local level. The nomination-based award for CTE students aims to raise awareness of successful careers that are available in the trades. Additionally, this program highlights the outstanding students here in Central Texas that are pursuing career and technical education. Nominations were received from high schools throughout the 31st district by educators in CTE. Student nominations were reviewed by a volunteer board of representatives from CTE-based fields, as well as from CTE representatives from local community and trade colleges.

In both Bell and Williamson Counties, Central Texas is leading the way in CTE.  I was proud to recognize the outstanding talent of Chloe Bush (Belton High School), Selena Perez (The Killeen Career Center), Deandre Johnson (The Killeen Career Center), Sunitha Konatham (Cedar Ridge High School) and Preston Cummings (Georgetown High School). Each of the five winners exemplify the significance CTE has for students looking beyond high school, with varying interests including agriculture, medicine, and construction.

Upon receiving the award, Chloe Bush, a graduating senior at Belton High School, discussed her journey to selecting trades education as a means to give her the best career opportunity after graduation. Her passion for construction science has taught her leadership, professional, and trade skills that will prepare her for a great career in the future.

For these five students and many more across the nation, CTE is more than just an elective in school; it is a pathway to a respectable, exciting career. I will continue to work to ensure these students and future CTE students receive the resources and recognition they deserve.

When it comes to CTE, the discussion has just begun and the opportunities are expansive. Texas is a national leader for job opportunity and economic growth. In order to maintain this high standard, our talent pool must continue to meet the needs of our businesses and industries. Jobs in CTE are readily available, and our community must encourage students to pursue high-paying careers in technology, mechanics, and other highly skilled trades. I have confidence Texans will continue to lead the way in growing our economy, and CTE is a key to our economic prosperity.

Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, the largest armored military installation in the free world. He serves as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, co-chairman of the House Army Caucus, is on the Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.



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    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