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|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 54th district
January 9, 2013
|Preceded by||John O. Jones|
|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 51st district
February 23, 2009 – January 9, 2013
|Preceded by||Frank Watson|
|Succeeded by||Chapin Rose|
|Born||1962/1963 (age 52–53)|
Kyle McCarter is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, serving in the Senate since February 2009. He replaced former Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson after the latter resigned due to poor health. After the Senate redistricting, parts of the old 51st, 54th, and 58th districts were combined to create the new 54th Senate District; McCarter ran successfully for the 54th district.
McCarter graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1984 with a degree in accounting. He owns and operates Custom Product Innovations and Custom Coating Innovations in Lebanon, Illinois. Before becoming Senator, he was a member of the St. Clair County Board for eight years. As a member of the St. Clair County Board, one of McCarter’s top priorities included property tax reform and at the same time created a citizen-action organization supporting property tax relief.
On May 31, 2011, McCarter accused Democratic state Sen. Mike Jacobs of punching him after a debate over an electricity rate increase, a claim Jacobs denied by saying in a televised interview that "the senator was full of shit" and "someone who couldn't even really polish my shoes". McCarter had noted that Jacobs' father was a registered lobbyist for the utility, but Jacobs' response was that "one thing he would not allow to happen would be for anyone to question my integrity." Jacobs also said this information had been fully disclosed, his constituents were aware of it, "and they would make a decision based on that". It was reported that McCarter filed a police statement over the incident.
McCarter is a member of six Senate committees:
- Commerce (Minority Spokesperson)
- Agriculture and Conservation
- State Government and Veterans’ Affairs
- Licensed Activities
- Financial Institutions
Senator McCarter and his wife Victoria have been married for 25 years and have three children. Zach, Austin, and their late daughter Amber who died in 2008 at age 21. The McCarters are supporters of Mercy Ministries.
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