State Rep. Mike Carter passes away

Rep Mike Carter is sworn in to the 111th General Assembly in Nashville on Jan. 8, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

State Rep. Mike Carter, whose refusal to sign what he called a “predetermined” ethics report helped hasten Rep. Glen Casada’s departure as House speaker, has died of pancreatic cancer.

Carter, an Ooltewah Republican, made his own bid for speaker after Casada announced he would step down in 2019, but the contest was won by Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville).

Carter’s cancer was discovered after he was hit by a heavy bout of COVID-19 last year. He missed most of the recently-completed legislative session while undergoing treatment.

14 Responses to State Rep. Mike Carter passes away

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    ROGER KANE says:

    What a great leader!! Enjoyed serving with him. You always knew where Mike stood and he made government better for the people of Tennessee.

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    LeeAnn C says:

    Prayers for Judge Carter’s family and friends. His legacy, which precedes the events highlighted in this article by far, will inspire others to serve and lead for years to come.

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      Cryan says:

      Shameful. You just had to stick up for Cocaine Casada one more time in a good man’s obituary.

      The justice system moves slowly and, at times, unfairly. But only the good die young. Casada and Bill Lee should rot in prison for what they did.

      RIP Judge Carter.

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    Beth harwell says:

    One of the finest intelligent people I have ever known. Beth harwell

  • You will be greatly missed as a friend and partner on issues of Tennesseans. God speed Mike! Prayers to your family.

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    Beth Harwell says:

    One of the most sincere and intelligent men I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers with his family. Beth Harwell

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    Haywood Barry says:

    What a great Guy. Helped our Courts. Understood the Law. Our Condolence to his Family. Haywood Barry, General sessions Judge.

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    Kevin Brooks says:

    Tennessee is a better State because of Rep. Mike Carter.
    I am a better man for having served along side him in Nashville.
    Kim joins me in praying for Joan and the family. God speed Mr. Chairman.

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    Rick Tillis says:

    So sad. Judge Carter had great wisdom and insight regarding legislation. I served with him on one committee. I sat beside him on purpose so I could bend his ear when necessary. He also had a great sense of humor. This is a terrible loss for his family and the State of Tennessee.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Rest in peace, Rep. Carter. Prayers for his family and friends.

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    Gerald McCormick says:

    A great public servant and a better friend. He will be missed by a lot of us.

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    William Haupt III says:

    Michael, thanks for all of your work on helping to end forced annexation and protecting our property rights! You were an inspiration in our darkest hours and a champion for the people. At least you have the greatest landlord in heaven so you will never have to worry about your property rights again. Take are my friend. TAFA

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    Bill Young says:

    RIP Mike a/k/a Judge Carter. You will be sorely missed and left us way too soon.

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