Dan Carter (politician)

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Dan Carter
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Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 5, 2011
Preceded by Jason Bartlett
Personal details
Born (1967-09-18) September 18, 1967 (age 49)
Vandalia, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jane McBride
Children 2
Alma mater Bowling Green State University (BA)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (MS)
Website repcarter.com
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1989–2014
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
Bosnian War
Awards Meritorious Service Medal

Daniel E. Carter is a politician from Connecticut. A Republican, he was elected to his first term in the Connecticut House of Representatives in November 2010, representing the state’s second district in Bethel, Danbury and Redding.[1] Following redistricting, in 2012 Newtown was added to the second district when Carter won a second term. He represented the Republican Party in the 2016 Connecticut Senate election, losing to incumbent Richard Blumenthal.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Carter is a son of Emery A. Carter and Kathryn Carter of Vandalia, Ohio. His mother, who is retired, was a nurse for a local physician. His father, who is also retired, was a deputy sheriff for Montgomery County. Carter has one younger brother, David.[3]

Carter was active in his community and Boy Scouts as a youth and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School. He earned a student Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Career[edit]

After graduation from college, Carter was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force through ROTC. He completed Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB in Lubbock, Texas and was assigned to the 40th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Pope AFB in Fayetteville, North Carolina to fly the C-130 Hercules. Carter’s most notable missions were flown in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort, and Operation Provide Promise.

Carter was assigned as an Instructor Pilot in the 50th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus AFB in Columbus, Mississippi flying the T-38 Talon. After 2 years, Carter was assigned to the 48th Flying Training Squadron as an Instructor Pilot in the T-1A Jayhawk. In addition to training student pilots, Carter held a variety of staff positions including Strategic Plans Officer, Airspace Manager, Safety Officer, Current Operations Flight Commander, and Assistant Operations Officer. While stationed in Mississippi, Carter taught as an Adjunct Instructor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Carter's active military duty ended in 1999, after which he pursued a career in healthcare. Carter worked for Pfizer Inc., where he represented medications to physicians and hospitals. His specialties included Cardiology, Pediatrics, Urology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics, and Neurology. Carter served in the Air Force Reserve as an Admissions Liaison for the United States Air Force Academy.

Carter was elected to the Connecticut state House of Representatives in 2010, unseating incumbent Democrat State Representative Jason Bartlett by 4181 (52%) to 3920 (48%).[4][5]

In 2012, Carter was elected to a second term after defeating his challenger, Democrat Steven DeMoura.

In 2014, Carter won third term after defeating his challenger, Candace Fay.

2013 Connecticut Gun Legislation

Following the Sandy Hook School shooting in which twenty first-graders and six educators were killed, Carter introduced legislation containing numerous gun control proposals, including universal background checks and restrictions on parole and early release for gun crimes.[6] In 2013,[7] and again in 2015,[8] Carter also introduced legislation that addressed firearm access for people diagnosed with mental illness and determined to be at risk of harming themselves or others. Carter was the only representative for Newtown to vote against the new gun laws passed in Connecticut,[9] citing the "over-reaching nature of the bill" and that the bill would "promote the growing rift between those that own guns and those that do not."[10] Carter supports "No-Fly, No-Buy" legislation, as long it includes checks and balances for gun buyers wrongly placed on terrorist watch lists.[11]

2016 U.S. Senate Campaign[edit]

On April 4, 2016, Representative Carter announced his intention to seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Richard Blumenthal.[12][13] He was being challenged for the nomination by Jack Orchulli, CEO and co-founder of a Michael Kors apparel company and nominee for the U.S. Senate for this seat in 2004 and by August Wolf, investment executive and former Olympic athlete. At the statewide convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, held on Monday, May 9, 2016, Dan was overwhelmingly selected by the delegates to the be the Republican candidate with 907 delegate votes to August Wolf's 123 and Jack Orchulli's 20.[14] Connecticut Republican Party rules state any candidate receiving 15% of the delegate votes may force a primary, which would be held on August 9. In the initial vote, August Wolf received 179 votes, qualifying him for a primary with 15.1%. However, convention rules state that delegates may switch their vote after the initial tally. Candidate Jack Orchulli conceded defeat after the initial vote, but before the switch, and endorsed Dan Carter - encouraging his delegates to switch their vote. During the switch, an additional 56 delegates supporting August Wolf, changed their vote to Dan Carter.[15][16]

2016 Connecticut Republican State Convention[edit]

Candidate Delegates Percentage
Dan Carter 907 76.7%
August Wolf 123 10.4%
Jack Orchulli 20 1.7%
Not Present 132 11.2%

Electoral history[edit]

Year Office District Democratic Republican
2010 Connecticut State Representative 2nd Jason Bartlett (inc.) 48.4% Dan Carter 51.6%
2012 Connecticut State Representative 2nd Steven DeMoura 46.8% Dan Carter (inc.) 53.2%
2014 Connecticut State Representative 2nd Candace Fay 42.2% Dan Carter (inc.) 57.8%

Personal life[edit]

Carter was married to Cordy Puglio of Redding, Connecticut in 1994. They had two children. Carter divorced in 2002. He currently shares custody of his two children.

Carter married Jane Ann McBride of Long Island, New York in 2016. They currently reside in Bethel, Connecticut.

Connecticut House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Public Health
  • Energy
  • Banks
  • Finance Revenue and Bonding
  • General Law (Ranking)
  • Education

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the Candidate: Dan Carter". BethelPatch. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Dan Carter wins Connecticut's Republican Senate nomination". WTNH. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Representative Carter Website". House Republicans. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Republican Newcomer Defeats Two Term Incumbent". Danbury News Times. 2010-11-03. 
  5. ^ "11/02/2010 Election Results for State Representative". Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Connecticut General Assembly". Connecticut General Assembly. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Connecticut General Assembly". Connecticut General Assembly. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  8. ^ "Connecticut General Assembly". Connecticut General Assembly. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Hartford Courant". touch.courant.com. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Rep. Dan Carter on Why He Voted 'No' on Gun Bill". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  11. ^ "GOP ticket for Congress: gun control crusade misguided". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  12. ^ http://betheladvocate.com/breaking-news-ct-state-rep-dan-carter-is-exploring-run-for-u-s-senate/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "GOP's Dan Carter announces for U.S. Senate nomination". The Connecticut Mirror. April 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Dan Carter wins Connecticut's Republican Senate nomination". WTNH. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  15. ^ "State Rep Dan Carter Wins GOP Nomination for State Senate Run". The Patch. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  16. ^ "CT GOP backs Carter for Senate, denies Wolf primary margin". The CT Mirror. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 

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Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jason Bartlett
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 2nd district

2010–present
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Party political offices
Preceded by
Linda McMahon
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Connecticut
(Class 3)

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