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Troy Carter

U.S. Representative and CSSBMB Commissioner

Troy Carter

Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. is an elected United States House of Representatives member from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District. 

Congressman Carter currently serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, one of the largest committees in Congress that has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation and infrastructure. He also serves on the powerful committee for Homeland Security of the United States, where he serves as Ranking Member over Emergency Management and Technology. Congressman Carter previously served on the Small Business Committee, which has direct oversight and consideration over all matters affecting America's backbone, small businesses. 

Congressman Troy A. Carter earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and a master's degree from Holy Cross University. He has also studied at Harvard's JFK School of Government and Carnegie Mellon's School of Urban and Public Affairs. In May 2023, Congressman Carter was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Xavier University. 

Congressman Carter began his professional career as a senior aide to Mayor Sidney Barthelemy. In 1991, Congressman Carter became the first African American to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 102nd District in Algiers, where he served as the youngest-ever floor leader representing the City of New Orleans. 

In 1994, Congressman Carter was elected to the New Orleans City Council, representing District C, including Algiers, and the historic French Quarter, again becoming the first African American elected. After a hiatus from public office, Congressman Carter was elected to the State Senate for Louisiana's 7th District, where he served as Senate Minority Leader. During his time as a Legislator, Congressman Carter authored and co-authored hundreds of bills that are now law. 

Congressman Carter is a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform, women’s health care, civil rights, environmental justice reform, mental health, and equality for all! Congressman Carter is a proud husband to wife, Brigadier General Ana Carter of the United States Army, and father to sons Troy Jr. and Joshua. They live on the Westbank of New Orleans, where Congressman Carter was born and raised. Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. has enjoyed a series of historic 1sts including: 

  • 1st African American elected to the Louisiana State House from District 102
  • 1st African American elected to the New Orleans City Council representing District C
  • 1st African American elected to the Louisiana State Senate from District 7
  • 1st Congressman elected to Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District from the Westbank of New Orleans (Algiers)
  • 1st Congressman whose spouse is a General in the United States Army