Troy Anthony Carter (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 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.

Early life and education

Carter was born in New Orleans.[3] After graduating from Oliver Perry Walker High School in Algiers, Carter 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] Prior to his election to the state legislature, Carter 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, Carter introduced legislation in the state legislature 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 in the New Orleans City Council. He served until 2002, when he unsuccessfully sought the office of mayor. Carter was eliminated in the 2002 primary election by 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] Carter received 12,935 votes (56.8 percent) in the 2015 runoff election to Jeff Arnold‘s 9,852 (43.2 percent).[11] Carter authored or co-sponsored seventy-five bills that went on to become law.[7] While also serving as chair of the Louisiana Senate Democratic Caucus, Carter is chairman of the Senate’s Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.[12]

Carter serves as chairman of the Algiers Development District.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives


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 that was held on April 24, 2021.[15]

Carter received endorsements from Cedric Richmond,[16] John Breaux,[17] 8 congressional Democrats,[18] Helena Moreno,[18] Cleo Fields, Sharon Weston Broome,[19] 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 April 24 runoff, Carter received 48,511 votes (55.2 percent) to Peterson’s 39,295 (44.8 percent), with 87,806 votes reported from 100% of precincts.[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]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Carter with President Biden surveying damage from Hurricane Ida

Carter is against conservative measures that have sought to restrict abortion and expand gun rights.[23] 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.[23] He supports the infrastructure policy of the Biden administration.[23]

Personal life

Carter’s wife Andreé serves in the United States Army and he has two sons, Troy Jr. and Joshua. He and his family live on the Westbank of New Orleans, where Carter was born and raised.[24]

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. “Mayor Sharon Weston Broome endorses Troy Carter for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional district”. WAFB. Retrieved April 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ “Recommendations for March 20 Special Election”. The Louisiana Weekly. Retrieved April 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Louisiana 2nd District U.S. House special election results, Washington Post, April 25, 2021.
  22. ^ “Committees and Caucuses”. January 3, 2021. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  23. ^ a b c Bridges, Tyler. “A look at Troy Carter’s time in the Senate: Issues he’s supported, who has endorsed him”. The Advocate. Retrieved April 20, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ “About”. January 3, 2021.

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