LA-02: Troy Carter (D)
Cedric Richmond (D) [i]
US House of Representatives (Representative, LA-02); Commonwealth Investment (Managing Director); Louisiana State Senate (Senator, District 7); Policy & Planning Partners LLC (Managing Partner); OPES Consilia Advisors LLC (Founding Managing Partner); Henry Consulting LLC (Senior Management Consultant); New Orleans City Council (Councilmember, District C); Xavier University of Louisiana (Adjunct Instructor); Louisiana House of Representatives (State Representative, District 102); Materials Management Group, Inc. (Vice President of Marketing); Office of New Orleans Mayor Sidney Barthelemy (Executive Assistant)[ii][iii]
Diploma, Oliver Perry Walker Highschool; BA, Xavier University of Louisiana; MBA, Holy Cross University; Executive Program Certificate, University of Virginia; Executive Program Certificate, Harvard University[iv]
Housing; Disability Rights; Criminal Justice Reform; Environmental Justice, Equal Pay & Living Wages; Student Loan Restructuring; Reproductive Rights; Healthcare[v]
ON THE ISSUES
Carter describes himself as a “Champion for government to allow women to make 100% of the decisions concerning their health and reproductive rights.”[vi] In September 2021, he voted for HR 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prohibit a variety of governmental restrictions on abortion services.[vii] [viii]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
In August 2022, Carter voted for HR 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act, which increased taxes by $300 billion largely through new levies on corporations.[ix] [x] He supports equal pay for equal work and has advocated for expanding the Child Tax Credit and “de-regulating” supply chains.[xi] He was also in favor of passage of HR 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which he touted for creating “a national network of public-private partnerships that assist minority business enterprises in accessing capital, contracts, and grants, creating and maintaining jobs, providing counseling and mentoring, and facilitating the growth of minority business enterprises by promoting trade.”[xii]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
In August 2022, Carter voted for HR 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act, which extends federal health insurance subsidies and allows the government to negotiate prescription drug prices for seniors on Medicare.[xiii] [xiv] During the campaign, Carter advocated for expanding access to healthcare and guaranteeing access to COVID-19 vaccines for all Louisianans.[xv]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Carter supports a pathway to citizenship as well as “absolute” immigration reform.[xvi] [xvii]He has also condemned the treatment of Haitian asylum seekers at the southern border, arguing “we cannot turn our backs on those practicing their legal right to seek asylum.”[xviii]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Carter supported the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and has continued to advocate for police reform, including a measure to end no-knock warrants.[xix] [xx] He also supports “smart funding” police, instituting body cameras, banning chokeholds, and “tracking bad police officers.”[xxi] He also advocates for legalizing marijuana.[xxii]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Carter has called for Congress to “strengthen the pillars of our beloved American democracy to ensure that we both protect the voting and civil rights of our citizenry, and never see another dark day like January 6th again.”[xxiii]
Carter has said that he will push for “the reduction or elimination” of student loan debt.[xxiv] He previously supported the Build Back Better Act, which contained provisions to invest billions in early childhood education, school nutrition, higher education, and educator preparation systems.[xxv] [xxvi]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
In August 2022, Carter voted for HR 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act.[xxvii] The law invests $370 billion in spending and tax credits in low-emission forms of energy to combat climate change, including for zero-carbon power plants, carbon capture & storage technology, electric vehicles, and more.[xxviii] During the campaign, he said he will promote “environmental justice.”[xxix]
In June 2022, Carter voted to agree to the Senate amendments to S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The first major gun violence legislation passed by Congress in nearly three decades, the bill expanded background check requirements, broadened the scope of existing restrictions, established new criminal offenses, and expanded various programs to promote access to behavioral and mental health services as well as enhance school safety.[xxx] [xxxi] He has previously authored legislation to place “Gun Free Zones” at schools.[xxxii]
[i] “Former Rep. Cedric Richmond,” LegiStorm, accessed November 6, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/member/2758/Former_Rep_Cedric_Richmond.html.
[ii] Troy A. Carter, Sr. LinkedIn, accessed November 6, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/troy-a-carter-sr-a6570b/details/experience/.
[iv] Troy A. Carter, Sr. LinkedIn, accessed November 6, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/troy-a-carter-sr-a6570b/details/education/.
[vii] HR 3755 – Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, June 8, 2021, available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3755?r=1&s=1.
[x] Jim Tankersley, “Biden Signs Expansive Health, Climate and Tax Law,” New York Times, August 16, 2022, available at https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/16/business/biden-climate-tax-inflation-reduction.html.
[xii] “Lowering Costs for Louisianians,” Office of US Representative Troy A. Carter, Sr., accessed November 7, 2022, available at https://troycarter.house.gov/services/lowering-costs-louisianians.
[xiv] Jim Tankersley, “Biden Signs Expansive Health, Climate and Tax Law,” New York Times, August 16, 2022, available at https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/16/business/biden-climate-tax-inflation-reduction.html.
[xvi] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, December 7, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1468335508455665664.
[xvii] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, September 24, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1441536635326316546.
[xviii] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, September 21, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1440437310877700106.
[xix] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, March 13, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1503085627281190921.
[xx] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, September 23, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1441164220754632707.
[xxi] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, May 25, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1529581186674221057.
[xxii] Troy Carter Twitter, April 23, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/troyc4Congress/status/1385583287511437315.
[xxiii] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, January 6, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1479090700377591813.
[xxv] Reid Setzer, “Build Back Better Act Is a Major Step Forward for Education Equity,” The Education Trust, October 15, 2021, available at https://edtrust.org/the-equity-line/build-back-better-act-is-a-major-step-forward-for-education-equity/.
[xxvi] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, October 20, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1450925791328493574.
[xxviii] Elena Shao, “7 Key Provisions in the Climate Deal,” New York Times, August 22, 2022, available at https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/28/climate/biden-climate-deal-key-provisions.html.
[xxx] S 2938 – Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, October 5, 2021, available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/2938.
[xxxii] Troy Carter Twitter, February 15, 2018, available at https://twitter.com/troyc4Congress/status/964248384239529984.
[xxxiii] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, March 9, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1501770729767026688.
[xxxiv] Congressman Troy Carter Twitter, February 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepTroyCarter/status/1497060801596649477.