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    U.S. Representative John R. Carter represents Texas' 31st Congressional District, which includes Williamson and Bell counties. Congressman Carter is the Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations and also to serves on the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee and Defense Subcommittee. This is Congressman Carter's fourth term to serve as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan House Army Caucus. He has been a member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2004.

    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. Less than 10% of members can claim this feat.  In spite of now 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 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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    Congressman Carter's leadership ability has been recognized by his colleagues and others. During his first term, Congressman Carter was named one of the "Top Five Freshman" in Congress by Capitol Hill's leading newspaper.

    In July 2004, President Bush held a signing ceremony for Congressman Carter's Identity Theft bill at the White House. The law lessens the burden of proof making identity theft easier to prove and prosecute and also defines and creates punishment for aggravated identity theft.

    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 a proud grandparents to six precious grandchildren.  

     

     

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New bill means ‘Justice Served'

Last fall I stood at the podium in the 277th District Court, my old courtroom, to announce the signing of the Justice Served Act into law by President Donald Trump.

The Justice Served Act was created to help give closure to victims of violent crime and their families that never received justice. The bill directs funding to state and local jurisdictions to prosecute criminals who have been identified through newly discovered DNA evidence.

Fundamentally, it helps prosecute the perpetrators of cases that have gone cold over the years, because DNA went untested due to the backlog.

This legislation stemmed from local jurisdictions struggling under the financial burden of prosecuting older cases on top of their normal docket. Sometimes a suspect is identified years later due to DNA evidence finally being tested. These cases stack up in an already overwhelmed criminal justice system.

The reality is that money has become an obstacle in prosecution. That means victims of cold cases were going without justice, and violent criminals were able to hide behind the DNA backlog.

As a former judge, I couldn’t let this be the case any longer. Signing this bill creates a new grant available to local and state jurisdictions to use in processing felony cold cases.

Last week, I received notice that this money is now available for our state and local jurisdictions, and it’s great news for the criminal justice community.

A simple Google search will expose thousands upon thousands of cases in which DNA played a major role in solving a crime. The evidence is invaluable, but only if we can adequately and prosecute those criminals who are responsible.

I am proud that my legislation will give our prosecutors the needed resources to prosecute cases that went cold due to untested evidence and bring justice for victims and their families.

With this new funding finally available, justice will be served.

Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored military installation in the free world. He serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Army Caucus and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations. Prior to his service in the United States House, John Carter was Judge of the 277th District Court in Williamson County for 20 years.

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