Candidate Profile
John Carter

Republican , Texas


John Carter
U.S. Rep., Dist.31

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2019-20:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  68%, 96% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  95%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  80%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  80%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  78%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2013:  78%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  B
Club for Growth, 2018:  50%, 72% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019:  56%, 68% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  83%, 63% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  56% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  56% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  50%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  41% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  36%, 31% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  36%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  31%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  25%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  D
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  8%, 8% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  6%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  10%, 4% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  4%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  6%, 4% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  0%
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%





Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action


Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND

Reported by Candidate

Texas Alliance for Life

Selected Contributions


Aaron Schock (2008), Adam Hasner (2013), Adam Kinzinger (2014), Adrian Smith (2006), Allen West (2013), Austin Scott (2010) and 102 more
Abraham Lincoln PAC (2018), American Revival PAC (2018), America's First PAC (2019), Andrew & Simona Beal (2006), Andrew Harris (2018), Andy Biggs (2019) and 134 more


Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Federation of Government Employees (2006), American Maritime Officers (2019), Harvest PAC (2015), International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2018), International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (2006), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2019)







Other Information

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

In cases of rape or where the life of the mother is at dire risk. Life begins at conception and should have the highest protections.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Congress has an obligation to ensure that future generations have access to the Social Security system. I support meaningful reforms to ensure the solvency of the program.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

While I support a healthy military and national defense budget, the largest amount of money is spent on mandatory programs that desperately need to reforms to run more efficiently and stop abuse.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

None. It is not the public's responsibility to pay for the decisions of 25% of the population. Instead, we must promote career and technical education so that students are getting the skills they need to get well-paying jobs without going into large amounts of debt.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

It means that all Americans are able to practice the religion of their choosing and the government protects that freedom and liberty.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 19, the Lower Costs, More Cures Act. This bill is aimed at lowering prescription drug pricing, while maintaining innovative medical research. I'm also a proponent of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, which has done nothing to reduce the cost of health care for Americans. Instead, we need a free market approach that protects pre-existing conditions, promotes innovation and incentivizes a stable workforce of health care providers.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

The United States must maintain a strong military. After 8 years of damaging cuts under the Obama Administration, Republican Members of Congress in conjunction with President Trump have managed to make great strides in rebuilding our forces. The strongest defense is having a strong offense.


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

As the husband of a Dutch immigrant, I know firsthand how broken our immigration system has become. We must incentivize those who want to enter the United States legally while adequately preventing the passage of those who want to cross illegally. We must close the asylum loopholes that are allowing individuals without valid asylum cases into the country to disappear. I believe we should welcome those who want to enter legally, pay taxes, and contribute to our society with open arms, but we can only accomplish those reforms with a secure border and changes to our immigration laws.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian, who raised my 4 children on a strong Christian beliefs. As a former Sunday school teacher, I taught many Round Rock natives the Word of God and I continue to let my belief in Christ be my guiding force in my work. Every Wednesday morning I participate in a Bible study group in Congress and I'm a member of the Prayer Caucus in the U.S. House.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I believe in reducing the size and scope of the federal government. For example, I fought to keep the EPA from regulating lead ammunition. I also successfully passed legislation to stop unfair taxing of Gold Star Families, and to repeal the Widow's tax. I believe American's should keep more money in their pocket and proudly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No. As a former judge, I punished many people convicted of felonies and ensured that those guilty of sexual misconduct were no longer a threat to society.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

John Carter serves the people of Texas’ 31st Congressional District. He is the leading defender of the Rule of Law in the House, and has built a legacy of authoring and supporting legislation to increase the homeland security and national defense of the United States. Congressman Carter serves as the Ranking Member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations. He also serves on the Defense Subcommittee. Congressman Carter’s passion in the House is the men and women and their families who serve our Great Country and continues to serve as Co-Chairman of the House Army.

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

I am a strong believer in the Second Amendment. I support strengthening the National Instant Criminal (NICs) Background Check System. I do not support gun control for law-abiding Americans.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. National security/Armed Forces focused legislation to improve the lives of service members and their families, strengthen national security, and keep our borders safe. 2. Education focused legislation to strengthen career and technical education programs across the country so that young people can get well-paying jobs without a 4-year college degree. 3. Law enforcement focused legislation to give them access to additional training to keep our communities safe.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

I believe that any belief that results in violence is a threat to the United States. United we stand, divided we fall. Our nation needs to be united as Americans and right now we are more divided than ever. As we are seeing, there is a rise in anti-semitism that is resulting on attacks in the Jewish community over Hanukkah. This rise in hate is unacceptable.


  • University of Texas Law School, Austin, J.D.
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, B.A.
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • Central Baptist, Member
  • Palm Valley Lutheran Church, Sunday school Teacher
  • Prayer Caucus, Member
  • House Army Caucus, Co-chairman
  • U.S. Congress Texas Dist. 31, Held 16
  • Williamson County District Court, Held 21

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