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Buddy Carter

Buddy Carter
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Jack Kingston
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 1st district
In office
Preceded by Eric Johnson
Succeeded by Ben Watson
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 159th district
In office
Succeeded by Ann R. Purcell
Personal details
Born Earl Leroy Carter
(1957-09-06) September 6, 1957 (age 59)
Port Wentworth, Georgia
Political party Republican
Residence Pooler, Georgia
Alma mater Young Harris College
University of Georgia

Earl Leroy "Buddy" Carter (born September 6, 1957) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 1st congressional district. Previously, he was a member of the Georgia State Senate.[3] Carter was first elected as a State Senator in the 2009 general election.[4] He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education

Carter graduated from Robert W. Groves High School in 1975. He earned an associate degree from Young Harris College in 1977 and a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Georgia in 1980.

Political career

Carter served on the planning and zoning commission for the city of Pooler from 1989 to 1993 and on Pooler's city council from 1994 to 1995. Carter served as Pooler's mayor from 1996 to 2004 as well. Carter was first elected to the state legislature in 2005—serving two terms in the House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. Carter was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2009 and sworn into the upper house in 2010.[3] He sat on the Senate Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Higher Education, and Public Safety committees.[3]

In March 2014, a controversy emerged regarding S.B. 408, a bill authored by Carter that would increase reimbursement rates for pharmacies in Georgia. As he is the owner of three pharmacies which would see increased profits as a result of the proposed action, his vote was considered by many to be in violation of the ethical guidelines of the State Senate. "Obviously, it's borderline," he admitted when questioned afterwards.[5]

Political stances

National security

Carter supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to temporarily curtail immigration from six countries until better screening methods are devised. He stated that “While I believe there needs to be thoughtful clarifications on the executive actions similar to Secretary Kelly’s announcement about lawful permanent residents, the number one priority of the federal government is to provide for the common defense.”[6]

Health care

Carter supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He has stated that there is no circumstance that would induce him to vote in favor of keeping the ACA, including if most of his constituents are in favor of it.[7]

Women's rights

Carter is a co-sponsor of H.R. 586, the "Sanctity of Human Life Act." H.R. 586 provides a constitutional right to life to embryos at the moment of fertilization, before a pregnancy occurs.[8] While a similar bill in the Senate, S. 231, claims to not target women who use birth control, women who suffer from miscarriages, or families that want to conceive using vitro fertilization,[9] the House bill contains no such exceptions. When asked by a constituent during a town hall in Savannah, Georgia whether he had concerns about restricting access to birth control when rape is so common on college campuses, Carter replied "I'm not going to vote for any bill that endorses abortion."[10] H.R. 586, which would ban abortion, contains no exceptions for the life or health of the mother or for cases of rape or incest.


When questioned during a February 2017 town hall in Savannah, Georgia as to whether religious doctrine ought to be taught in public school science classes, Carter responded "I have always thought we should teach the Bible in school."[11]

Bills introduced and successfully signed into law

The GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017 (Pub.L. 115–3,H.R. 72), which was one of the first Acts of the 115th United States Congress to be signed into law by President Donald Trump during the first 100 days of his presidency, was introduced to the House by Carter on January 1, 2017. It successfully passed through the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and was passed by the Senate on January 17, 2017. It was signed by President Donald Trump on January 31, 2017.[12] The bill ensures that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has full access to a database created by Congress in 1996 to track recent job hires mainly to assist agencies at the state level with child support enforcement. 115-3 will enable the GAO to ensure that recipients of federal means-tested programs like Unemployment Insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Earned income tax credit (EITC), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are eligible.[13][14]

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments


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  2. ^ "Ceremonial swearing-in held for Congressman-Elect Buddy Carter before heading to Washington Monday". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Senator Buddy Carter. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  4. ^ District 1 Senator Buddy Carter (R). Retrieved June 28, 2013.
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  6. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump’s travel ban; here’s where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Christian, Ansley (2017-02-22). "Rep. Buddy Carter addresses residents at town hall". WJCL. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  8. ^ "H.R. 586 - Sanctity of Human Life Act.". Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "S.231 - Life at Conception Act of 2017". Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ Morekis, Jim. "Buddy Carter town hall heavy on drama and volume, but scant on specifics". Connect Savannah. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  11. ^ "Big crowd challenges, supports Buddy Carter at Savannah town hall". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  12. ^ "President Trump Signs Sasse Legislation to Strengthen Taxpayer Watchdog", Office of Ben Sasse: U.S. Senator for Nebraska, Washington, February 2, 2017, retrieved March 28, 2017 
  13. ^ "Senators Isakson, Perdue take action to increase government transparency and accountability". Office of Senator Isakson. January 19, 2017. 
  14. ^ "McCaskill-Backed Bill Reducing Government Waste and Increasing Accountability Unanimously Passes Senate", Office of Claire McCaskill, January 19, 2017, retrieved March 28, 2017 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jack Kingston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ken Buck
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Barbara Comstock