Steve Carter (Louisiana politician)

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Stephen Frank "Steve" Carter​

Louisiana State Representative for
District 68 (East Baton Rouge Parish)​
In office
January 14, 2008​ – ​January 2020
Preceded by William Daniel​
Succeeded by Scott McKnight

Born October 29, 1942​
Baton Rouge
Louisiana, USA​
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gloria Marjorie Solomon Carter​
Children Solomon Stephen Carter​

Doris Amelia Carter Hunt​

Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana​
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Occupation Retired tennis coach​
Religion Presbyterian

Stephen Frank Carter, known as Steve Carter (born October 29, 1942), is a retired tennis coach from the capital city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is a Republican departing member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 68 in East Baton Rouge Parish.​ ​ A Baton Rouge native, Carter graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. He is a Presbyterian. Carter is married to the former Gloria Marjorie Solomon, and their children include Solomon Stephen Carter and Doris Amelia Carter Hunt.[1] Carter is a former tennis coach and assistant athletic director at LSU. Many university employees reside in his District 68.[2]

Three Republicans entered the House District 68 race in 2007 to succeed the Democrat-turned-Republican incumbent William Daniel, a petroleum engineer. Kyle Ardoin, a Republican-turned-Democrat-returned-Republican who was elected Louisiana Secretary of State in 2018, led the 2007 legislative vote with 5,531 ballots (41 percent) to Carter's 5,242 (38.9 percent). The remaining 2,705 votes (20 percent) were received by Jay Lyles.[3] In the second balloting on November 17, which had a lower turnout because of the lack of a gubernatorial contest, Carter prevailed by 87 votes, 4,967 (50.4 percent) to Ardoin's 4,880 (49.6 percent).[4]

In the House, Carter has served on these committees: (1) Education, (2) Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, (3) Ways and Means, and (4) Joint House and Senate Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.[5] Prior to his election to the House, Carter had not previously sought office.

Carter was unopposed for his second term in the legislature in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011.​ He won his third term outright in the October 24, 2015 primary with 6,095 votes (54.7 percent).​ Carter was term-limited in the 2019 legislative elections. At first, Carter appeared to have been narrowly defeated on October 12, 2019, in his bid for the District 16 seat in the Louisiana State Senate vacated by Dan Claitor. Fellow Republican state Representative Franklin Foil, finished second in the primary to the Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson. With 12,533 votes (30 percent), Foil led Carter by only 8 votes to gain the runoff berth. Thompson led in the primary with 14,216 votes (34 percent).[6]

A retabulation concluded that Carter and Foil tied, but thereafter Foil was credited with four more votes than Carter. Foil will hence face the Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson in the November 16 runoff election.[7][8]

References

  1. Rep. Steve Carter. congress.org. Retrieved on August 27, 2011.
  2. Rep. Carter, Stephen F.. mobilelgs.com. Retrieved on August 27, 2011.
  3. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 20, 2007.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 17, 2007.
  5. Representative Stephen F. Carter. house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved on August 27, 2011.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12, 2019.
  7. Sam Karlin (October 14, 2019). Historic 3-way runoff possible for Baton Rouge senate seat; recount likely, official says. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on October 14, 2019.
  8. The Moon Griffon Show, October 18, 2019.

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