Current Position: US Senator since 2018
Mission Statement: N/A
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1050
P.O. Box 243
Manassas, VA 20108
Phone: (571) 261-8546
Legislative Assistant: Thomas McIntire
Administrative Assistant During Session: Jane Hornbeck
Email Links: DelLCarter@house.virginia.gov
From Campaign Website
Lee joined the Marine Corps during the beginning of the ‘Global War on Terror’, and worked in technological repair in a Special Operations-capable support unit, completing tours in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. His unit was also one of the first to respond to Haiti, following the devastating earthquake in 2010.
Throughout Lee’s career and civic engagement his focus has been on helping others — whether that was in his service in the Marine Corps, helping provide cancer patients with consistent care by maintaining biomedical radiation therapy equipment, or assisting small local businesses with IT support.
Birth Year: 1987
Place of Birth: Elizabeth City, NC
Religion: Unitarian Universalist
Spouse: Stephanie Elizabeth Tipple Carter
Membership & Affiliation:
Bull Run Unitarian Universalists
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
USMC, Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy
Virginia House of Delegates campaign
Carter was inspired to run after receiving a shock while repairing a lighting system in the summer of 2015 and subsequently struggling to receive worker’s compensation from Virginia while unable to work. Before choosing to run, Carter had long identified as “…to the left of where the Democratic party [is]…” but was further inspired by Bernie Sanders to explore democratic socialism
Carter’s campaign mostly focused on issues such as single-payer healthcare and financial contributions to politicians.
Jackson Miller, the incumbent Republican, distributed a mailer campaign by comparing Carter to Communist rulers Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, an act described as fearmongering and condemned by the Democratic Party of Virginia. Miller called Carter an “anti-jobs candidate” and said his “ideas are so out of the mainstream, and so incredibly expensive.” Carter won the race by nine percentage points, one of 15 DSA members to be elected in 2017.
Carter has been mocked by Republicans as well as centrist Democrats for his democratic socialist ideology, most notably when during Carter’s remarks on a tax bill Delegate Mark Keam surreptitiously briefly displayed the hammer and sickle on a laptop behind Carter, an action for which he later apologized; Keam also apologized for violating Rule 57 in regard to the legislative body’s decorum (“No member shall in debate use any language or gesture calculated to wound, offend, or insult another member.”). Carter dismissed the affair as “clearly […] a joke, but […] in very poor taste and rooted in a lack of knowledge about the history of the political left.”
In October 2018, Carter admitted to having made “homophobic, trans-phobic, sometimes sexist or racially insensitive” comments online as a teenager in order to get ahead of any potential attempts at “personal smears.”
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Finance – Subcommittee #1
Expanding Medicaid Access
As a delegate, Lee will be a leading voice for Medicaid Expansion in Virginia. Partisan opposition to this important step is hurting 300,000 Virginians who make too much to qualify for Virginia’s limited Medicaid program, but also don’t qualify for Federal Government subsidies that are provided by the Affordable Care Act. This includes 3,100 people in Lee’s district, and he will help ensure that they can access the crucial care they need.
Real and Clean Energy and Transportation Solutions
Lee knows that if we are going to protect our world for generations to come, we need to act now on green energy projects and rethink transportation. Lee is in favor of expanding the Virginia Railway Express to limit congestion and put less cars on the road, and expanding our investment in the Green Energy Economy.
Lee was partially inspired to run after a horrific experience with the Commonwealth’s worker compensation program, and he knows what it is like when you are a worker in need and the government doesn’t have your back. He will fight to raise the minimum wage, create more protections for workers, and support unions.
Limiting Corporate Influence in Virginia Politics
Lee has taken a pledge in this campaign to not accept money from for-profit corporate donors. He is a firm believer in campaign finance reform that emphasizes transparency and ensures Virginians know who is funding their representatives in Richmond.
Defending Human Rights
Lee supports human rights for every person in Virginia. That means protecting the right to choose, demanding equal pay for equal work, protecting immigrants and minorities,and ensuring that the LGBTQ community’s recent gains are defended. Lee knows that many people are feeling under attack from the current political climate, and will make sure all feel welcome in Virginia.
Criminal Justice Reform
Lee supports criminal justice reform that puts fewer people behind bars for nonviolent crimes, focuses on rehabilitation over incarceration,and is less harmful to minority communities.
Lee Carter: Why I’m Running
Oct. 4, 2017