Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) has served Georgia’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2015. He easily won reelection in 2022—with Trump’s endorsement—in his heavily Republican district.
Before being elected to Congress, Carter owned a pharmacy in southern Georgia and served as a member of the Georgia State Senate from 2009–14 and its House of Representatives from 2005–09.
As one of the most conservative members of the House, according to FiveThirtyEight, Carter co-sponsored the 2017 Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 586), which called for a ban on all abortions in the U.S. He has also voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. In September 2022, Carter and other House Republicans introduced a bill to overrule the Biden administration’s abortion guidance to pharmacists by giving them freer rein to refuse to provide medication to terminate a pregnancy. A former pharmacist himself, he pointed to the legislation as indicative of the type of measures congressional Republicans are likely to take going forward.
After the 2020 presidential election, Carter showed his loyalty to Trump by helping to spread the Big Lie and casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
In 2021, Carter supported Georgia’s Elections Integrity Act and complained about “cancel culture” when Major League Baseball proposed to move the All Star Game out of Atlanta in response to the state’s new voter suppression legislation.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Carter joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- In voting against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the riot and fanning the flames once it broke out, Carter wrote in a statement: “If Washington Democrats were truly interested in reconciliation after the horrific anarchy we witnessed last week, they would focus on it. Instead, they are pursuing impeachment in the closing days of Trump’s presidency to keep the country divided.”
- Carter voted against establishing a House committee to investigate what led to the violent disruption of the congressional session underway that day, complaining of overt partisanship. He tweeted, “If you needed evidence that Speaker Pelosi’s Jan 6 commission was a political sham, look no further than her blocking @Jim_Jordan & @RepJimBanks. What is she afraid of coming out?”
The Big Lie
- Shortly after Election Day, Carter began spreading rumors about fraud and voting irregularities. On Nov. 6, 2020, he tweeted, “All LEGAL votes need to be counted and any form of fraud must be exposed and addressed!”
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Carter signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- A year after the insurrection, Carter still questioned the legitimacy of President Biden’s electoral win. He pointed to a March 2020 agreement between Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and state Democrats over procedures for accepting absentee ballots that he says “may have” led to voter fraud and irregularities in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election.
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