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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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Service Academy Nominations


Thank you for your interest in a nomination to one of our nation's service academies. 

One of the privileges of serving in the United States House of Representatives is the opportunity to nominate outstanding young men and women from Texas’ 31st Congressional District to be considered for appointment by our nation’s service academies. As the Ranking Member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations, co-chairman of the House Army Caucus and a representative for the “great place,” Fort Hood, TX, it is my honor to assist you with your goal to serve our country in a military career. These nominations and appointments are very competitive and each year, the best and the brightest compete for this prestigious honor. 

Good luck to you! 

Congressman John R. Carter and TX-31 Academy Appointees cut into a celebratory cake at the 2018 Salute to Academy Appointees


Academy Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements established by law:

  • U.S. Citizen      

  • Legal Resident of the Texas 31st Congressional District

  • At least 17 years of age, but not yet 23 years of age by July 1 of the year of admission

  • Unmarried with no dependents

The Academy nomination process includes TWO separate steps:

1. Contact the Admissions Office of each academy of interest and officially open an applicant file. The Academies and their web sites are listed below for your convenience.

United States Air Force Academy: www.usafa.edu

United States Military Academy: www.usma.edu

United States Naval Academy: www.usna.edu

United States Merchant Marine Academy: www.usmma.edu

United States Coast Guard Academy*: www.uga.edu (*Please note, the USCGA does NOT require a Congressional nomination.)

2. Meet the requirements and submit Congressman Carter’s Academy nomination packet to the Temple, TX office by deadline.  


Other Official Sources for an Academy Nomination:

All official sources will require that you meet the minimum admission standards of each individual academy. Other sources include: 


Congressman Carter's 2019 application period is now open! All TX-31 application packets must be received by October 10, 2019, at 5:00 pm CST. Late applications will not be accepted. This date is the in-office deadline and not a postmark date.

Academy Application Packet must include all required documents:

  • Application form with two wallet or passport size photos. Please write your name on back of each photo and do not staple or tape the photos to your application

  • Resume (no more than three pages and do not staple)

  • Personal essay on why you want to attend a service academy, what extracurricular activities you enjoy, what you have learned from your life’s challenges and detailed information about your leadership experiences(no more than three pages and do not staple)

  • Four personal recommendations. Please ask each person making a recommendation to sign and date their recommendation before it is submitted to you and included in your packet (at least one recommendation should be from one of your teachers/professors).

  • Official copy of High School Transcript

  • Official copy of College Transcript (if applicable)

  • Official copy of SAT and/or ACT scores.The testing institute will forward your scores directly to Congressman Carter at 6544 B South General Bruce Drive, Temple, TX 76502. Please indicate code number 4139 on the SAT test and use code 7712 for the ACT

Interviews and Decisions

After all packets are submitted, packets will be examined for eligibility. Then, the Texas 31st Academy Advisory Board, comprised of military academy graduates and retired service members  will evaluate all packets that have met Congressman Carter’s requirements and recommend nominations. The Congressman will review the Board’s recommendations and all information provided to him by the academies and make his decisions. In December, Congressman Carter will personally notify each candidate. He may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot alloted to his district. In early 2020, the Academies will award their appointment and notify the candidates and the Congressman. 


2019 Academy Forum

The 2019 Central Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum is a free event for students, parents and educators to learn more about the service academies. Details for the event are below.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 

9:00 am- 12:00 pm 

Registration opens at 8:15 am 

Cedar Ridge High School Fine Arts Auditorium 

2801 Gattis School Road 

Round Rock, Texas 78664

For more information, please contact Cheryl Hassmann at 254-933-1392. 

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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