Jason Carter (politician)

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Jason Carter
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Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 42nd district
Assumed office
May 20, 2010
Preceded by David Adelman
Personal details
Born Jason James Carter
(1975-08-07) August 7, 1975 (age 38)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kate Carter
Children Henry Lewis
Thomas Clyde
Alma mater Duke University
University of Georgia
Religion Baptist
Website Campaign website

Jason James Carter (born August 7, 1975)[1] is an American politician from the state of Georgia. Carter is a Democratic member of the Georgia State Senate, and grandson of former president Jimmy Carter.[2] He is the nominee for the Democratic party for Georgia governor in the 2014 election.

Early life, education, and law career[edit]

Carter was born at Emory University Hospital in 1975. He is a 9th-generation Georgian. He is the son of Juliet Langford and Jack Carter, who challenged Republican U.S. Senator John Ensign of Nevada in 2006, losing that race to Ensign, 55%-41%. After graduating from Duke University, Jason Carter served in the Peace Corps stationed in South Africa. He lived in Lochiel, South Africa, where he worked on education issues in rural areas. He learned to speak Zulu and Siswati.[3] He wrote a book, titled Power Lines, about his experiences there.[4] He went on to earn a law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2004.[5]

He currently works as an associate for the law firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta.[6] He won the Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award, given by the Anti-Defamation League, for his pro bono work defending voting rights.[7] He represented the National Football League Players Association.[3]

Georgia Senate[edit]

2010 election[edit]

In a May 11, 2010 special election for the Georgia Senate in the 42nd district, Carter won with 65 percent of the vote.[8] The seat had been vacated by David Adelman, who became the United States Ambassador to Singapore.[9] Carter became the first member of the Carter family to win elected office since his grandfather, Jimmy Carter, was elected President of the United States.[8] Carter was later re-elected to the Senate in the 2010[10] and 2012[11] general elections.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Judiciary
  • Science and Technology
  • Special Judiciary
  • Transportation
  • Urban Affairs[12]

2014 gubernatorial election[edit]

In 2013, Carter commissioned a poll of a potential race against Nathan Deal in the 2014 Georgia gubernatorial election.[13] He subsequently announced that he would run for the Democratic nomination.[14]

Carter said that people in Georgia have the right to have the Sons of Confederate Veterans-backed license plate, which features an image of the Confederate flag and that he would not try to stop them if elected.[15][16][17]

In 2014, Carter voted to implement House Bill (H.B.) 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act, also known as the "Guns Everywhere" Law.[18][19] Carter stated that having grown up in rural Georgia, his vote for passage of the law was a reflection of bipartisanship.[18] He also stated that gun rights are important to people in rural Georgia.[18] The Safe Carry Protection Act is a controversial new law to take effect on July 1, 2014 that permits licensed gun owners to carry guns into many public and private places, including churches, school property, bars, nightclubs, libraries, and some government buildings in Georgia.[19][20][21][22][23][24] The law was supported by the Georgia Baptist Convention which includes 3,600 Baptist churches in Georgia in favor of increased church autonomy,[23] but is not supported by Catholic or Episcopalian church leaders due to their belief that it is against Jesus' teachings.[23][25]

Personal life[edit]

Jason's wife, Kate, is currently a high school teacher, and former journalist with the Athens Banner-Herald, where she won several awards.[26] Jason and Kate have two sons, Henry and Thomas, ages 7 and 4.[3][9]



  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ McCaffrey, Shannon (May 8, 2010). "Jimmy Carter hits the campaign trail with grandson". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Drusch, Andrea (Nov 7, 2013). "10 things to know about Jason Carter". Politico.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Jason Carter Discusses South Africa". News.nationalgeographic.com. October 28, 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  5. ^ "UGA Alumni Association". Alumni.uga.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Jason J. Carter: Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP". Bmelaw.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Jason Carter to run for Adelman’s seat - Atlanta Business Chronicle". Bizjournals.com. December 8, 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  8. ^ a b Hulse, Carl (May 11, 2010). "Veteran House Democrat Loses Seat in Primary". NYTimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  9. ^ a b Khan, Huma (May 24, 2010). "Jason Carter Carves His Niche: 'More Than Jimmy Carter's Grandson' - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  10. ^ "Georgia Election Results, November 2010". Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp. November 15, 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  11. ^ "Georgia Election Results, November 2012". Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp. November 21, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  12. ^ "Senator Jason Carter (official page)". Georgia State Senate. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  13. ^ Bluestein, Greg; Galloway, Jim; and Malloy, Daniel (October 7, 2013). "Your daily jolt: Jimmy Carter's grandson tests waters for a '14 run for governor". Political Insider (blog). The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  14. ^ Cassidy, Christina A. (November 7, 2013). "Jimmy Carter's Grandson to Run for Ga. Governor". Associated Press. Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  15. ^ Jason Carter: Georgians have right to sport Confederate battle flag license plate, myfoxatlanta.com, Atlanta, GA: Fox Television Stations, Inc., 21 April 2014, Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  16. ^ Jimmy Carter’s grandson: People have right to sport Confederate battle flag license plate, The Washington Times, Washington, DC: The Washington Times, LLC, 21 April 2014, McLaughlin, S., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  17. ^ Jimmy Carter grandson tells MSNBC he can’t block confederate license plates in Georgia, Mediaite, New York, NY: Mediaite, LLC, 21 April 2014, Rothman, N., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  18. ^ a b c Live interview with Jason Carter (video), myfoxatlanta.com, Atlanta, GA: Fox Television News, Inc., 21 May 2014, Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  19. ^ a b Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars, churches, CNN.com, Atlanta, GA: Cable News Network/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 23 April 2014, Sayers, D.M. & McLaughlin, E.C., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  20. ^ House Bill 60, Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Georgia House of Representatives, Atlanta, GA, 2014, Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  21. ^ Ga. governor signs 'guns everywhere' into law, USA Today, New York, NY: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 23 April 2014, Copeland, L. & Richards, D., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  22. ^ Georgia governor signs 'unprecedented' gun rights bill, The Huffington Post.com, The Huffington Post.com, LLC, 23 April 2014, Lavender, P., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  23. ^ a b c Georgia’s sweeping gun law sparks religious backlash, Time.com, 5 May 2014, Sanburn, J., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  24. ^ Georgia lawmakers pass controversial 'guns everywhere' bill, MSNBC.com, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 21 March 2014, Richinick, M., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  25. ^ Catholic archbishop: No guns in my churches, Newsmax.com, West Palm Beach, FL: Newsmax Media, Inc., 30 April 2014, Burke, C., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  26. ^ Communications and journalism pathway teachers: Kate Carter, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Public Schools, 2008, Retrieved 25 May 2014.

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Georgia Senate
Preceded by
David Adelman
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 42nd district

Party political offices
Preceded by
Roy Barnes
Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia
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