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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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POLICE Act Opens Active Shooter Training to more Emergency Personnel

The threat of an active shooter is increasingly real. Sadly, Central Texas is all too familiar with responding to active shooters.  The deadly attacks in Killeen and Fort Hood, joined with the tragic events outside of Texas, including those in San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Tech, are all cruel reminders of the threat active shooters are to society.  Routinely we hear a chorus of support for law enforcement, but more must be done to prepare against these growing threats.

Knowing that we must do all we can to support our law enforcement officers, I wrote the “Protecting Our Lives by Initiating COPS Expansion Act of 2016 (the POLICE Act)” which will provide the Department of Justice with greater flexibility in funding active shooter response training through existing grants.

Active shooter training works. When the terrorist Nidal Hasan attacked Fort Hood in 2009, two civilian officers trained at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) facility in San Marcos, Texas responded and helped bring an end to the violence and bloodshed.

Today, more than 8,000 police agencies across our country, roughly 45 percent, have undergone some form of Active Shooter training. Clearly the value of the training is self-evident and the need is greater than ever before. The POLICE Act opens alternative avenues to fund this vital training. 

I’m proud to have authored the POLICE Act and know that it can make a real difference in law enforcement training. I’m not the only one. The Fraternal Order of Police, along with other law enforcement associations, have offered their full support and endorsement of this important legislation. Texas Senator John Cornyn recently introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

The POLICE Act will help ensure our men and women of law enforcement are provided the tools to be the best trained for any situation. Including active shooter training as criteria for applying for Community Oriented Policing Service grants will provide opportunities for training where the need is greatest. The better trained our Law Enforcement Officers are, the safer we all are.

Sadly, many first responders believe it is not if, but when, extremists will again terrorize our businesses, schools, and families. The threat is real, we must be prepared, and active shooter training has proven to help save lives. The POLICE Act is part of the solution to the deadly problem of active shooters and I will continue to do all I can to support our law enforcement and emergency personnel.

Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the free world. He serves as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, 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