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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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In first 10 days, Trump Better Securing Our Nation

I am pleased President Trump has taken action in his first week to better secure our border by building a border wall where it makes sense, enforcing the laws on the books, and ensuring those who are entering our country do not mean us harm. I am glad to finally have a strong ally in the White House on these issues that are so important to Texas.

Days after taking the oath of office, President Trump issued three executive orders to enhance our homeland security. The first directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to begin the planning, design, and construction of a wall along the southern border. While it calls for the redirecting of already appropriated funds to begin construction, Trump’s executive order does not appropriate any additional funding to construct the wall. As Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working closely with the White House to develop funding mechanisms and revenue streams to cover the cost.

President Trump also signed an executive order which directs the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State to take steps to enhance the security of our communities by prioritizing the removal of illegal immigrants who commit crimes and hiring additional immigration officers. Both of these actions will better secure our border and enhance our national security.

President Trump’s third executive order puts into place a 90 day moratorium on issuance of new visas, and travel by visitors from seven countries designated by the Obama Administration as sources of terror. It also places a 120 day moratorium on accepting refugees from these same countries, and indefinitely from Syria. During this moratorium, the order directs national security officials to evaluate and implement better vetting processes for people from those countries seeking entry into the United States.

This order does not impact legal permanent residents (“green card holders”) of the United States. While there was some confusion as the order was being implemented, I believe our customs and border patrol personnel have done a good job in carrying out their duties and clearing up any confusion.

Texas bore the brunt of President Obama’s failed immigration policies and utter refusal to enforce our nation’s laws. President Trump’s bold actions in the early days of his term have signaled a new day for American security.

I am committed to keeping Texans safe and I will continue to support all efforts to put our national security first. I stand against any policies that open the door to radical extremists manipulating our immigration policies and infiltrating our homeland. We must ensure we have the tools in place to deny entry to those wishing us harm while allowing peaceful, freedom loving people access to our great nation.

Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, the largest active duty 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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  • 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