Jason Carter (politician)

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Jason Carter
Jason Carter 02.jpg
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 42nd district
In office
May 20, 2010 – January 12, 2015
Preceded by David Adelman
Succeeded by Elena Parent
Personal details
Born Jason James Carter
(1975-08-07) August 7, 1975 (age 40)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kate Carter
Children Henry Lewis
Thomas Clyde
Alma mater Duke University (B.A.)
University of Georgia (J.D.)
Profession Lawyer
Religion Baptist
Website Campaign website

Jason James Carter (born August 7, 1975)[1] is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Georgia. Carter is a former state senator and was the Democratic nominee for Georgia governor in the 2014 election. He lost to incumbent Nathan Deal. Carter is the grandson of former President (and former Georgia governor) Jimmy Carter.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Carter was born at Emory University Hospital in 1975. A 9th-generation Georgian, he is the son of Jack Carter and Judy Langford, daughter of former Georgia State Senator James Beverly Langford. After graduating from high school, Carter attended Duke University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in philosophy and political science.

Peace Corps[edit]

After graduating from Duke University, 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]

Legal career[edit]

Carter later attended the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating summa cum laude with a Juris Doctor in 2004.[5]

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

Georgia Senate[edit]

2010 election[edit]

In a May 11, 2010 special election, Carter was elected to represent Georgia’s 42nd district in the State Senate. He won with 65.6% of the vote.[8] The seat had been vacated by David Adelman, who became the United States Ambassador to Singapore.[9] Carter is the first member of his 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.


In the Senate, Carter authored legislation to require the state budget to be presented in two parts: first, a separate education budget, and then a budget to fund the rest of state government.[12]

Carter also sponsored ethics reform legislation, including proposals to limit gifts from lobbyists to legislators, to create and fully fund an independent ethics commission, and to create a non-partisan redistricting commission.[13][14][15]

In 2012, he was awarded Common Cause’s Democracy Award for his work on promoting ethics reform.[16]

In 2014, Carter voted for House Bill (H.B.) 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act which opponents nicknamed the "guns everywhere" bill.[17][18]The Safe Carry Protection Act takes effect on July 1, 2014, and permits licensed gun owners to carry guns into many public and private places.[18][19][20][21][22][23] The law is supported by the Georgia Baptist Convention which includes 3,600 Baptist churches in Georgia in favor of increased church autonomy,[22] but is not supported by Catholic or Episcopalian church leaders.[22][24]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Judiciary
  • Science and Technology
  • Special Judiciary
  • Transportation
  • Urban Affairs[25]

2014 gubernatorial election[edit]

In 2013, Carter commissioned a poll of a potential race against Nathan Deal in the 2014 Georgia gubernatorial election.[26] He subsequently announced that he would run for the Democratic nomination.[27]

During his campaign, Carter has advocated increased investment in education and technical training to help grow Georgia’s film and television industry. “Georgia has seen enormous growth in film and television production, but that success is threatened unless we build the skilled workforce to fill these jobs.” Carter has said, and added “After years of cuts to HOPE and to our schools, industries across the state simply cannot find the skilled workers they need to fill their jobs.”[28]

Recent polls suggest a surprisingly close race given Georgia’s recent electoral history. Real Clear Politics upgraded the race from “Leans GOP” to “Toss Up.”[29]Carter also outraised the incumbent Deal in the second quarter.[30]

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.[31][32][33]

During his campaign, Carter has reaffirmed his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage, stating, “Marriage equality is something I believe in and have [believed in] for a very, very, very long time since before I got into politics.”[34]

The candidate in a WSB-TV debate which aired live on C-SPAN criticized the performance of Governor Deal in handling the state economy by stating that 380,000 Georgians were looking for jobs and state government support for public education had dropped.[35]

Carter lost his 2014 bid for the Office of Governor to incumbent Nathan Deal.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Jason's wife, Kate, is a high school teacher, and former journalist with the Athens Banner-Herald, where she won several awards.[37] Jason and Kate have two sons, Henry and Thomas, ages 8 and 5.[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. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/sen-jason-carter-files-resolution-on-education-bud/ncqjy/
  13. ^ "Lobbyist gifts decline amid citizen outcry". Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Deal, Carter grapple over state ethics commission". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Carter Grandson to Run for GA Gov". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "2012 Democracy Award Honorees". YouTube. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ Live interview with Jason Carter (video), myfoxatlanta.com, Atlanta, GA: Fox Television News, Inc., 21 May 2014, Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ House Bill 60, Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Georgia House of Representatives, Atlanta, GA, 2014, Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ a b c Georgia’s sweeping gun law sparks religious backlash, Time.com, 5 May 2014, Sanburn, J., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  23. ^ Georgia lawmakers pass controversial 'guns everywhere' bill, MSNBC.com, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 21 March 2014, Richinick, M., Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ "Senator Jason Carter (official page)". Georgia State Senate. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ Cassidy, Christina A. (November 7, 2013). "Jimmy Carter's Grandson to Run for Ga. Governor". Associated Press. Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  28. ^ Communications Director, Carter for Governor. "Carter to Film Industry: Sustained Growth Depends on Making Education the First Priority". Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  29. ^ http://www.peachpundit.com/2014/04/29/rcp-says-georgia-governors-race-a-toss-up/]
  30. ^ http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/07/08/jason-carter-outraises-gov-nathan-deal-in-latest-fundraising-report/]
  31. ^ 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.
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ 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.
  34. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/06/jason-carter-marriage-equality _n_5655437.html
  35. ^ WSB-TV. Georgia Governor's Debate. (26 October 2014). C-Span. Retrieved 26 October 2014. http://www.c-span.org/video/?322310-1/georgia-governors-debate
  36. ^ "Gov. Deal defeats Democrat Jason Carter to win second term". ajc.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  37. ^ 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

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Preceded by
Roy Barnes
Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia
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