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Thank you for your support

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Thank you for your support and your vote on Tuesday night! Our Election Night victory is a team victory. With your help we rallied Team Carter votes from every corner of this district to win.

I am looking ahead from last night’s victory. I will continue to be the congressman of the whole district. Everyone is my constituent. Republicans, Democrats, voters and non-voters. Thank you for the honor to continue to be your voice in Washington. If there is ever anything I can do for you in Congress, please contact me.

I will continue to travel all corners of our district to greet, to listen, to learn and to serve.

I hope we see each other again soon in the Heart of Texas.

Thank you.


Judge John Carter

The John Who I Know from Mrs. Erika Carter

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For the last 50 years, I’ve watched my husband, John, be a leader; a leader in our marriage, the leader of our family, which includes four amazing children and six precious grandbabies, a leader in our community as the Williamson County District Judge, and now a leader as the representative for Texas’ 31st Congressional District. I’ve watched him travel over 1,300 miles away to Washington, DC almost every week to vote and fight for legislation on behalf of our community, and then immediately return home to visit grieving Gold Star families, meet with constituents in need of his help, or celebrate the successes of our students at their graduation or award ceremonies. John serves because he cares.

John truly embodies Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” through his work. John has a servant’s heart and it’s his lifelong commitment to serving others that makes him a true representative for the people of our great community.

He’s reached across the aisle to champion legislation like the Veterans TransplantCoverage Act to get veterans the life-saving transplant coverage they  need at the VA, or the MINOR Act that protects children from sexual assaults on military bases. He’s also stood firm in his promise to defend our conservative values in Washington, like his commitment to protecting the unborn or fighting for tax cuts that will help Central Texas families keep more of their hard-earned money. I’m so proud of John and all the work he has accomplished on behalf of his constituents, our neighbors. From being a loving father and grandfather, to running his small law practice, to serving as a district judge and keeping our community safe, to his bipartisan work on the issues that matter most to Texans. John always puts our community first, and it’s because he wants you and your family to be secure, prosperous and enjoy living in Texas’ 31st Congressional District.

On November 6th, I urge you to choose the candidate with a lifelong record of serving others. The candidate rooted in integrity and experience. Please join me in voting for my husband, John Carter, for U.S. Representative in Texas’ 31st Congressional District.

Erika Carter

Texas State Rep. Terry Wilson Endorses Judge Carter

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The choice is clear. A vote to add more turmoil and acrimony to Washington without getting much done, or a vote to forge working relationships with others to accomplish the work needed back home. Congressman Carter has an established record in the latter, and this district deserves that experience.

I’m supporting Congressman John Carter for reelection, and I’m asking you to do the same.


Former Fort Hood Commander Endorses John Carter in Radio Ad

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Lt. General (ret.) Funk highlight’s Carter’s work for our troops

Round Rock – Today, Lieutenant General (ret) Butch Funk, former commander of Ft. Hood and the 3rd Corps, endorsed Congressman John Carter in a radio ad.  In the ad, Funk talks about Congressman Carter’s work to raise the pay of our troops, build a new hospital and increase military readiness.

“I’m thankful to have General Funk’s support and friendship,” said Congressman Carter.  “He knows better than anyone what our troops need, and what we should be doing to strengthen our military.  His council has been invaluable to me, both during his service and in retirement to ensure I can do everything possible to aid our troops, especially the men and women stationed at Ft. Hood.”

Transcript of the ad:

Hi folks, I’m Lieutenant General retired Butch Funk. I’ve had the privilege to serve our country culminating in command of third Corp and Fort Hood twenty – two years ago. We felt so comfortable in this community that we retired here. And have tried to continue to service our community and all the families in this area.


You can’t serve the community without partnering with John Carter, our Congressman. He has fought for and won pay increases two years in a row. Fought for our new Darnell Hospital, Texas A and M – Central Texas, and a massive barracks and motor pool upgrade so necessary to readiness to the force at Fort Hood. Congressman John Carter fights for military men and women and for every person in our communities. I’m honored to call Congressman Carter a friend.

I Am Always Ready to Fight for You

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Our veterans fulfilled their commitment to our nation and we must keep our promises to them when they return home. It shouldn’t take Congressional intervention for our veterans to receive treatment on time. But in this case, I’m glad that we could enact real reforms for our service members and change the way the VA operates. I am always ready to fight for you. I will always answer your call.


3 charged in Temple VA fraud case – Temple Daily Telegram

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The report, which also detailed alleged abuses of power and other possible criminal actions, prompted U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, to demand answers on questionable activities at the Temple VA, part of the Central Texas VA Medical Center.

Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and VA Inspector General Michael Missal last year and said he expected changes

“Our military men and women have bravely served our nation, and I expect the VA system to provide the very best care when they return to civilian life,” Carter wrote. “I am encouraged by Central Texas VA Health Care System Director Christopher Sandles’ strong condemnation of the behavior by these employees, including his comment that a ‘day of reckoning’ has come for those employees that have mistreated veterans.


Carter talks barracks, motor pools at monthly MOAA meeting

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“As a representative of Fort Hood, I’ve worked very closely with Army leadership to ensure our soldiers have the resources they need to be successful on and off the battlefield,” Carter said. “These barracks renovations will not only improve quality of life for our soldiers, but they will boost morale and improve readiness.”

Killeen Daily Herald
Aug. 27, 2018

KILLEEN — U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, addressed the Military Officers Association of America Central Texas Chapter during its monthly meeting Friday at the Shilo Inn in Killeen.

Carter, who is the chairman of the military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee on appropriations, highlighted two major areas of importance for Fort Hood soldiers — barracks and motor pools.

Earlier this year, Carter announced $33 million in funding for motor pool reconstruction at Fort Hood, stating that 43 percent of motor pools on post don’t meet the minimum standards for functionality.

“The motor pools aren’t designed to fit the types of military equipment Fort Hood has,” Carter said.

In April 2018, Carter also announced nearly $120 million of funding for 10 new barracks renovation projects at Fort Hood.

The barracks funding announcement came after Carter toured barracks renovation projects funded by fiscal year 2016 and 2017 allocations and called on the Army to fund additional projects in the FY 2018 budget.

“As a representative of Fort Hood, I’ve worked very closely with Army leadership to ensure our soldiers have the resources they need to be successful on and off the battlefield,” Carter said. “These barracks renovations will not only improve quality of life for our soldiers, but they will boost morale and improve readiness.”

The $120 million will go toward the renovation of 10 barracks buildings, totaling 746 barracks living spaces.

The barracks refurbishment, which is underway now, includes upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems, new ceilings and furniture. It also includes mold abatement.

Renovations to the four H-frame barracks on the 9200 block have an expected completion date of fall 2018.

Another project is under contract to renovate five Rolling Pin barracks in the 21000 and 41000 blocks, with an expected completion date of fall 2019.

“The upgrades are long overdue,” said Jerry Cremer, a retired Army officer and member of MOAA Central Texas. “This is a wise spending of money.”

Legislative Update

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In December, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and since then over 175 companies have announced pay raises, bonuses, additional benefits or new investments in the American economy. Over 3 million workers are seeing the effects of tax reform in their paychecks, including the employees of Charlie Bravo Aviation right here in Georgetown, Texas.

Here are just a few of the Texas companies that are reaping the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Over half of the full-time non-salaried employees of the Amarillo National Bank are getting a $1,000 pay raise
  • American Airlines based out of Fort Worth will be doling out $1,000 bonuses due to tax reform
  • Dallas-based AT&T will be investing $1 billion into the United States’ economy in 2018 and will be handing out $1,000 bonuses to 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees
  • Comerica is providing $1,000 bonuses for its non-officer employees, plus it’s raising their minimum wage to $15.00
  • Texas’ own Insperity will pay out $17 million in bonuses to their employees
  • 34,000 employees at Waste Management will receive a $2,000 bonus
  • In addition to the bonuses and pay raises, beginning this February, 90% of Americans will take home more money in their paychecks. Despite what Democrats say, this money means a lot to families that are living paycheck to paycheck.

Recently, I joined my colleagues in introducing the Secure America’s Future Act. This bill addresses shortcomings along our southern border with 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and authorizes border wall construction. This legislation also strengthens our interior enforcement efforts by increasing criminal penalties for deported criminals that return to the U.S., requiring the use of E-verify, and implements a biometric system at all ports of entry. It’s important that we address border security before addressing larger immigration reforms.

I also introduced the Justice Served Act in January. For the last decade, Congress has invested over $100 million a year to reduce the DNA backlog, but now funds are needed to prosecute these criminals based on results of DNA evidence. My bipartisan legislation will reform the Debbie Smith grant to allow funding to be used for prosecution purposes, hopefully getting dangerous criminals off the streets and giving peace of mind to the victims and their families.

​Unfortunately, in January the federal government shutdown for three days due to Senate democrats’ reckless decision to put illegal immigrants above our military and low-income children in need. The Schumer Shutdown was completely irresponsible. During a government shutdown, our military men and women go unpaid. It’s completely ridiculous that our troops work without pay while Congress continues to receive their salary, so I requested that my pay be withheld for the length of the government shutdown. Luckily, Senate democrats came to their senses and voted to fund the government through February 8th.

Legislative Update

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This week, the House and Senate passed the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bill now heads to the White House for President Trump’s signature. For 31 years, hard-working Americans have been waiting for a fairer, simpler tax code, and this bill delivers just that.

A few highlights:

  • Lowers individual tax rates to 0%, 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37% so people can keep more of their hard-earned money
  • Nearly doubles the standard deduction from $12,700 to $24,000 for a married couple and $6,350 to $12,000 for an individual
  • Still allows individuals to write-off state and local taxes up to $10,000 (just like current law)
  • Expands the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000
  • Eliminates Obamacare’s harmful individual mandate penalty tax

Immediately after Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, businesses started announcing bonuses, increased wages, and additional investments in the American economy. This legislation will create a new era of economic prosperity for our country and I’m proud to support it.

Earlier this month, the House passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to carry across state lines. Just as our First Amendment rights don’t stop at state lines, our Second Amendment rights shouldn’t either. This bill also strengthened the National Criminal Background Check System by developing new agency requirements for reporting criminal activity. These new requirements will help ensure that criminals don’t get their hands on guns.

I recently learned of allegations of criminal behavior at the Temple VA Medical Center. These disturbing allegations included forcing veterans to complete construction work on supervisors’ homes, abuse of power, and mistreatment of our heroes. I instantly demanded answers from VA leadership about these claims. Central Texas VA Director Christopher Sandles and I are working arm-in-arm to right these wrongs and make sure this never happens again to our warriors.

I joined my colleagues in the House in introducing the CERTIFY Heroes Act, which will allow our men and women in uniform to use their tuition assistance program to participate in certification, licensing and credentialing programs so they can get well-paying jobs once their time in the service is complete. Not everyone wants or needs a four-year degree, so this legislation will open up the doors for our military to gain skills off the battlefield that will help them be successful.

As we approach the holidays, I’d like to wish you and your family, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Legislative Update

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This month, the House passed, and I supported, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This legislation will bring over 80,000 jobs to Texas and increase middle-class families’ after-tax income by $2,558 a year. By reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to four, and lowering middle-income families’ tax burden, this pro-growth legislation greatly simplifies our tax code. In fact, under the House’s tax plan, you could file your taxes on a post card.

Congress also fulfilled our promise to rebuild America’s military after 8 years of budget cuts have left our Armed Forces with aging equipment and a smaller force. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $699.6 billion for America’s Armed Forces to ensure that they have technologically advanced and lethal equipment to keep our country safe. For the men and women at Ft. Hood, this legislation means modernizing our heavy equipment so they are successful on the battlefield. This legislation also provided the largest pay raise for our troops in the last eight years.

Big news! The House unanimously passed my bill, the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act, to change current law so that veterans receiving an organ transplant from a non-veteran are able to receive VA care. This common sense legislation is headed to the Senate and will hopefully be signed by the President, so that our veterans receive the care they need and deserve.

I also introduced bipartisan legislation to support technical education and credentialing programs for our military men and women. This legislation will help prepare our Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Sailors for careers once their military service has ended.

Finally, as a result of my legislation, the POLICE Act, which passed Congress last year, the Department of Justice awarded $5.4 million to Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program. This program provides top-notch training to our first responders, so they can effectively respond to active shooter emergency events.