Carter is the representative for Texas’s 31st congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 7, 2003. Carter is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Carter is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Carter has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 13, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Carter was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4854 (115th): Justice Served Act of 2018
- H.R. 1133 (115th): Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017
- H.R. 3355 (115th): Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2018
- H.R. 3128 (114th): Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2016
- H.R. 2217 (113th): Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014
- H.R. 298 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 East Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas, as the “Army Specialist Matthew Troy Morris ...
- H.R. 2422 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2300 Scenic Drive in Georgetown, Texas, as the “Kile G. West Post Office Building”.
Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Carter sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Carter’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8597: Policing Transparency Act
- H.R. 8413: MINOR Act
- H.R. 7861: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the employer ...
- H.R. 7737: More Choice for Career Training Act of 2020
- H.Res. 715: Recognizing Survivors Victory Day to celebrate and honor the victims and survivors of ...
- H.R. 4951: School Security Enhancement Act
- H.R. 3940: Protection of Children Act of 2019
From Jan 2003 to Jan 2021, Carter missed 623 of 12,268 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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