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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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Meet Willie Daude, a CTE Success

More and more educators, parents, and policy makers are recognizing that a four-year college education may not be for everyone, and I agree. With rapid technological advancements and high employer demand, Career and Technical Education (CTE) has become more than just a backup plan – it is a path to a fulfilling and prosperous career. 

That is why in August, I hosted a roundtable discussion with local education and business leaders to learn firsthand the needs that must be met for CTE in Texas to thrive.  I also supported the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act, which allows state and local leaders the flexibility they need to tailor CTE programs to the needs of their communities, when it passed the House in September.  This legislation is a landmark step towards limiting the federal role in CTE, closing our nation’s skills gap, and empowering students pursuing careers in vital technical fields. Students like Willie Daude.

CTE students, such as Willie, now have options in diverse and exciting fields such as engineering, high-tech welding, nursing and business administration, and even audio/video production.  It’s a perfect fit for smart Texas students uninterested in the four-year college path.

Willie, age 19, is like a lot of those students.  He’s smart, motivated, hard-working, and not looking to work in a desk job.  Before graduating from Ellison High School, Willie was able to pursue his passion for working on motors by taking advantage of the innovative auto-tech programs at Killeen Independent School District’s Career Center, a cutting edge CTE training facility.  While there, he earned multiple certifications and entered the workforce within three weeks of graduation. 

In addition to his continued employment, he earned several scholarships allowing him to continue his training and will soon graduate from the Universal Technical Institute of Dallas and the Cummins program as a certified diesel engine specialist.

Students like Willie who invest their energies in CTE reap the benefits. In fact, students involved in CTE have higher graduation rates, earn competitive wages, and are just as likely to pursue a four- year degree as their non-CTE peers in the future. 

Even better, Willie’s not crippled by the staggering student loan debt that most four-year degree earners have.  CTE students can enter the workforce upon high school graduation and start making great money doing a job they enjoy. At the same time, they are learning invaluable skills for a well-balanced life: discipline, confidence, and maturity. 

I’m committed to expanding the opportunities and tackling the challenges surrounding CTE so more young people like Willie can go into fulfilling careers. For Texas to remain a national leader in job opportunities and economic growth, our talent pool must continue to meet the needs of our businesses and industries.  Supporting robust Career and Technical Education programs will be an essential part in keeping Texas strong, robust and thriving.

 

Rep. Carter is a member of the CTE Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. He 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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