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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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The Great Place - Unmatched Military Value for a Strong National Defense

Fort Hood is the foundation of America’s military security.  Yet potential troop reduction or a continuation of the President’s disastrous sequestration policies could do long-term harm to The Great Place.  I’ll never stop fighting to prevent that from happening.

From ISIS to Al Qaeda, significant threats to the American way of life endure.  Yet our Army continues to diminish from a high of 562,000 troops in 2012 to what could become as few as 420,000 by the end of the decade. 

It would be easy to eliminate troops from Fort Hood to meet these goals.  But it would be bad for the Army, our soldiers, and our nation’s security.

The Army will be hard pressed to find an installation with a higher military value than Fort Hood.  With 342 square miles of outstanding infrastructure, maneuver ranges, live fire impact areas, and power projection capabilities, The Great Place is one of a handful of bases in the US where troops can get full scale training for overseas warfare.

Texans embrace the warriors at Fort Hood in ways other states can’t match.  We appreciate their service and welcome them into our communities.  

We offer a great quality of life.  The Army and the country save money at Fort Hood due to a reasonably priced housing market.  The average price of a four bedroom home near Fort Hood is about $33,000 less than one near Fort Riley, Kansas and $80,229 less than Fort Carson, Colorado. 

The low cost of living in Central Texas empowers Soldiers with greater purchasing power.  Soldiers at Fort Riley would have to be paid 8% more to have the same purchasing power as those stationed at Fort Hood; those at Fort Carson would require 12% more.  For Soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, their hard-earned dollars go a long way.

Fort Hood has superior abilities to move soldiers and equipment due to Central Texas’ robust transportation infrastructure and access to ports less than 300 miles away.  Other installations are far more cost prohibitive; Fort Carson is 1,000 miles from Long Beach and Fort Riley is 800 miles from Galveston.

Good stewardship of the nation’s resources requires cost effective military installations.  Our brave military continues to deploy and confront our adversaries worldwide; we must ensure they are resourced to win.  We can best do this through fiscal discipline and by relying on the many assets of bases like Fort Hood. 

Texans are proud of Fort Hood and The Great Place must remain at the center of America’s military security.  I encourage our nation’s leaders to embrace fiscal responsibility with an eye on strong defense.  But we should not balance the budget by cutting bases like Fort Hood, where Soldiers are the most supported.


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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