Troy Carter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
Assumed office
May 11, 2021
Preceded byCedric Richmond
Minority Leader of the Louisiana Senate
In office
January 11, 2016 – May 10, 2021
Preceded byEric LaFleur
Succeeded byGerald Boudreaux
Member of the Louisiana Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 11, 2016 – May 10, 2021
Preceded byDavid Heitmeier
Succeeded byGary Carter Jr.
Member of the New Orleans City Council
from District C
In office
Preceded byJackie Clarkson
Succeeded byJackie Clarkson
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 102nd district
In office
January 1992 – January 1994
Preceded byFrancis C. Heitmeier
Succeeded byJackie Clarkson
Personal details
Troy Anthony Carter

(1963-10-26) October 26, 1963 (age 60)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseAndreé Navarro
EducationXavier University of Louisiana (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Troy Anthony Carter Sr. (born October 26, 1963) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district since 2021.[1][2] He was previously a member of the Louisiana State Senate for the 7th district. A member of the Democratic Party, Carter also previously served on the New Orleans City Council and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is currently the only Democrat in Louisiana's congressional delegation.

Early life and education

Carter was born in New Orleans.[3] After graduating from Oliver Perry Walker High School in Algiers, he attended Xavier University of Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and political science. He has completed programs at the Harvard Kennedy School and Carnegie Mellon University's School of Urban and Public Affairs.[4]

Early career

Carter at the 1996 French Quarter Festival

Carter has been an adjunct political science instructor at Xavier University of Louisiana.[5] Before his election to the state legislature, he served six years as executive assistant to New Orleans mayor Sidney Barthelemy.[6]

Carter was elected as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1991, becoming the first African-American to serve District 102 in the Louisiana House.[7] As a state representative in 1993, he introduced legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. After his election to the Louisiana Senate, he filed similar legislation in 2017 and 2020.[8]

In 1994, he was elected to represent District C on the New Orleans City Council. He served until 2002, when he unsuccessfully ran for mayor, losing the primary election to Ray Nagin and Richard Pennington. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district seat in 2006 against then-incumbent William J. Jefferson.[9][10]

After several years out of public office, Carter was elected to the Louisiana Senate in 2015.[6] He received 12,935 votes (56.8%) in the 2015 runoff election to Jeff Arnold's 9,852 (43.2%).[11] Carter authored or co-sponsored 75 bills that went on to become law.[7] While also serving as chair of the Louisiana Senate Democratic Caucus, Carter chairs the Senate's Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.[12]

Carter also chairs the Algiers Development District.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives


2021 special

Main article: 2021 Louisiana's 2nd congressional district special election

On November 18, 2020, U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond announced that he would resign from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district in January 2021 after having been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to be Senior Advisor to the President and the administration's director of the Office of Public Liaison. Carter then ran to fill the seat in Congress in the special election.[13][14] On March 20, 2021, Carter finished first in the top-two primary and advanced, with runner-up Senator Karen Carter Peterson, to the runoff election held on April 24.[15]

Carter was endorsed by Cedric Richmond,[16] John Breaux,[17] 8 congressional Democrats,[18] Helena Moreno,[18] Cleo Fields, Sharon Weston Broome,[19] the AFL–CIO,[18] the Louisiana Democratic Party,[18] The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate,[18] The Louisiana Weekly,[20] and Gambit.[18]

In the runoff, Carter received 48,511 votes (55.2%) to Peterson's 39,295 (44.8%).[21]


He was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district on May 11, 2021, increasing the Democratic Party's majority to 219-212 over the Republican Party in the United States House of Representatives.[2] On August 12, 2022, he voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.[22]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[23]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Carter with President Biden surveying damage from Hurricane Ida

Carter opposes conservative measures that have sought to restrict abortion and expand gun rights.[26] During his term of office as a state senator, he had two priorities: raising the state's minimum wage and strengthening anti-discrimination laws against the LGBTQ+ community.[26] He supports the infrastructure policy of the Biden administration.[26]

Carter voted to provide Israel with support following 2023 Hamas attack on Israel.[27][28]

Carter voted with President Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time in the 117th Congress, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.[29]

Personal life

Carter's wife Andreé serves in the United States Army Reserve, and achieved the rank of brigadier general.[30] They have two sons. The family lives on the Westbank of New Orleans, where Carter was born and raised.[31]

Carter is a Baptist.[32]

See also


  1. ^ Deslatte, Melinda (April 24, 2021). "Democrat Troy Carter wins New Orleans-based US House seat". Associated Press. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  2. ^ a b WDSU Digital Team (May 11, 2021). "Troy Carter sworn in to Congress". WDSU.
  3. ^ "Councilman Troy A. Carter Records". Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  4. ^ "Louisiana State Senate - Troy Carter's Biography". Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  5. ^ "Downtown NOLA - Downtown Development District". Downtown New Orleans. April 8, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Senator Troy Carter - District 7". Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Senator Troy A. Carter (Chairman)". Algiers Development District. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  8. ^ Westwood, Rosemary (June 16, 2020). "What The Supreme Court LGBTQ Rights Decision Means For Louisiana". New Orleans Public Radio. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Troy Carter's 2006 campaign bio" Archived September 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine (accessed 2009 June 08).
  10. ^ "Troy Carter". Ballotpedia. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  11. ^ "Results for Election Date: 11/21/2015". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "Labor and Industrial Relations Committee". Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  13. ^ Murphy, Paul (November 16, 2020). "Cedric Richmond will be Senior Advisor to the President; to resign House seat before inauguration". WWL-TV. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Greg Hilburn [@GregHilburn1] (November 18, 2020). "Democratic State Sen. Troy Carter tells me he will 'absolutely' run for outgoing Congressman @RepRichmond's seat and hopes to have his support @TROYSEE #lalege #lagov" (Tweet). Retrieved November 18, 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Troy Carter, Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  16. ^ Team, WDSU Digital (January 18, 2021). "Cedric Richmond endorses Troy Carter for Congress". WDSU. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  17. ^ "Browse Receipts". Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District special election, 2021". Ballotpedia. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  19. ^ Rosato, Chris (March 22, 2021). "Mayor Sharon Weston Broome endorses Troy Carter for Louisiana's 2nd Congressional district". WAFB. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  20. ^ "Recommendations for March 20 Special Election". The Louisiana Weekly. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  21. ^ Louisiana 2nd District U.S. House special election results, Washington Post, April 25, 2021.
  22. ^ Tran, Candy Woodall, Katherine Swartz and Kenneth. "House passes Inflation Reduction Act, sends it to Biden". USA TODAY. Retrieved August 15, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". January 3, 2021. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  24. ^ "Leadership | New Democrat Coalition". Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  25. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  26. ^ a b c Bridges, Tyler (April 18, 2021). "A look at Troy Carter's time in the Senate: Issues he's supported, who has endorsed him". The Advocate. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  27. ^ Demirjian, Karoun (October 25, 2023). "House Declares Solidarity With Israel in First Legislation Under New Speaker". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  28. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (October 25, 2023). "Roll Call 528 Roll Call 528, Bill Number: H. Res. 771, 118th Congress, 1st Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved October 30, 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  29. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron; Wiederkehr, Anna (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved November 15, 2023.
  30. ^ "PN2254 - 33 nominees for Army, | | Library of Congress". Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  31. ^ "About". January 3, 2021.
  32. ^ "Religious affiliation of members of 117th Congress" (PDF). PEW Research Center. January 24, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
Louisiana House of Representatives Preceded byFrancis C. Heitmeier Member of the Louisiana House of Representativesfrom the 102nd district 1992–1994 Succeeded byJackie Clarkson Political offices Preceded byJackie Clarkson Member of the New Orleans City Councilfrom the C district 1994–2002 Succeeded byJackie Clarkson Louisiana State Senate Preceded byDavid Heitmeier Member of the Louisiana Senatefrom the 7th district 2016–2021 Succeeded byGary Carter Jr. Preceded byEric LaFleur Minority Leader of the Louisiana Senate 2016–2021 Succeeded byGerald Boudreaux U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byCedric Richmond Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Louisiana's 2nd congressional district 2021–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byJulia Letlow United States representatives by seniority 344th Succeeded byMelanie Stansbury