BIOGRAPHY

Since moving to Arizona 30 years ago, I have devoted my professional life to making Arizona the best state to live, work and prosper. One of the key elements of advancing these interests is our ability to keep state government lean and limited for our residents. Combining my experience from the private and public sectors, I understand the importance of ensuring our state government is fiscally responsible, accountable and purposeful.

First elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016, I have a track record of sponsoring legislation that solves complex state issues and working closely with my constituents, earning me the distinction as one of the most effective legislators at the State Capitol. As your state legislator, I’ve worked to streamline government, strengthen the economy, encourage job creation, improve education and fix the state’s finances. I am proud to have earned numerous awards from organizations that promote pro-growth economic principles and strong family values.

Serving as the House of Representatives Health Committee Chairwoman, I worked relentlessly to make sure our Arizona healthcare system is innovative, efficient and effective granting Arizonans access to world-class treatments right in our own backyard. I also serve as Vice-Chair of the Education Finance Committee where we reduce government regulations and unfunded mandates so our schools can excel in their primary duty – educating students. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have focused on balancing the state budget, implementing responsible spending practices and reforming the state tax code.

During my service in the Arizona House, we have solved many challenges facing our state. However, much like any growing state, new challenges arise and there is always more work to do. That’s why I’ve decided to use my experienced, Republican leadership and run for the Arizona State Senate.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in communication, I completed a master’s degree in educational technology at ASU and earned a doctorate degree in education leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Currently, I am a full-time, clinical associate professor and assistant dean at Arizona State University.  I teach classes in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and established the Executive Fellowship in Health Policy in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Previously, I was a seventh-grade teacher in the Paradise Valley Unified School District teaching middle school English and social studies. Before teaching, I worked for several local companies such as KOOL-FM, the Phoenix Suns, and Wallace Laboratories. Having worked for both small businesses and corporate employers, I understand the important role that companies of all sizes play in our economy. My goal is to put Arizona on the “fast-track” to economic prosperity for the twenty-first century. I currently live in the north Phoenix/Cave Creek area with my husband of over 20 years and my daughter, who attends a public school in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

I hope I have earned your vote to continue my service as your State Senator. Please enjoy my new site to learn more about my record, priorities, and accomplishments.

AWARDS

2017

Legislator of the Year, All Arizona School Retirees Association
AZ Bio Trailblazer Award, Arizona Bio Industry Association
Best Bill Sponsor-House, Arizona Capitol Times, Best of the Capitol
Best Elected Official-Republican, Arizona Capitol Times, Best of the Capitol
Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
Champion for Children, Arizona PTA 
Policy Maker of the Year, Arizona Public Health Association
Champion of Education Award, Arizona School Administrators
Tech Ten Legislator, Arizona Technology Council
Arizona Community Health Workers Association, CHW Champion Award
The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Community Partnership Award
Friend of Business, East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance
All Arizona School Retirees Association, Legislator of the Year
President’s Award, Professional Firefighters of Arizona

2016

Friend of the Gifted Award, Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented
AZ Bio Trailblazer Award, Arizona Bio Industry Association
Support for Higher Education, Arizona Board of Regents
Mitch Menlove Award for Distinguished Advocacy, Arizona Health Care Association
Public Health Service Award, Arizona Medical Association
Friend of Mining, Arizona Mining Association
Legislator of the Year, Arizona Ophthalmological Society
Golden Apple Award, Arizona Parents for Education
Champion of Education Award, Arizona School Administrators
Outstanding Legislator Award, Donor Network of Arizona

2015

Women’s Health Champion Award, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
AZ Bio Trailblazer Award, Arizona Bio Industry Association
Arizona Big Shot Award, TAPI, Arizona Partnership for Immunization

Other Awards

Legislator of the Year, Arizona Academy of Family Physicians
Champion Award, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Legislative Friend, League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Burton Barr Award, Professional Firefighters
Arizona PTA Champion for Children Award

2014

Legislative Champion Award, American College of Physicians
Legislator of the Year Award, American Heart Association
AZ Bio Trailblazer Award, Arizona Bio Industry Association
Support for Higher Education, Arizona Board of Regents
Legislative Leadership Award, Arizona Community Action Association
ACT Advocacy Award, Arizona diabetes Caucus Committee
Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Medical Association
Legislator of the Year, Arizona Ophthalmological Society
Golden Apple Award, Arizona Parents for Education
Tech Ten Legislator of the Year Award, Arizona Technology Council
Women in Public Policy Award, Arthritis Foundation
National Distinguished Advocacy Award, Cancer Action Network
Outstanding Legislative Partner, Donate Life Arizona
Advocacy & Government Affairs Legislation Champion, March of Dimes

2013

Advocacy Award, American Diabetes Association
Heart Hero Award, American Heart Association
Legislator of the Year, Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
AZ Bio Trailblazer Award, Arizona Bio Industry Association
Champion of Courage and Common Ground, Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC)
Best Committee Chair, Arizona Capitol Times, Best of the Capitol
Arts Hero Award, Arizona Citizens for the Arts
Breaking Barriers Award, Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition
Charlie Stevens Award, Arizona Physical Therapy Association
Tech Ten Legislator of the Year Award, Arizona Technology Council
Copper Shield Award, Arizona Veterans Award
Distinguished Service Award, Child Health in Arizona, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
The Sentinel Award, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Special Recognition, The National Association of Social Workers, Arizona Chapter
Certificate of Appreciation, Scottsdale Healthcare

2012

Certificate of Appreciation, Arizona Autism Coalition
AZ Bio Trailblazer Award, Arizona Bio Industry Association
Legislative Appreciation Award, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
Tech Ten Legislator of the Year Award, Arizona Technology Council
Champion for Arizona Families, Resolve – National Infertility Association

2011

AZ Bio Trailblazer Award, Arizona Bio Industry Association
Legislator of the Year, Arizona Manufacturers Council
Legislator of the Year, Arizona Rock Products Association
Tech Ten Legislator of the Year Award, Arizona Technology Council

ENDORSEMENTS

"I endorsed Heather Carter for Arizona State Senate because of her work on Veterans issues.  She received the United Veterans Copper Shield award for sponsoring legislation designed to provide veterans with high-paying jobs and additional health care options.  As a past recipient of the award, I really appreciate her focus on veterans and their quality of life."

JIM WARING
Phoenix City Councilman


"Heather Carter has become one of the most respected leaders in the Legislature over the last several years.  She has supported conservative economic growth policies, including lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.  Heather is an intelligent, dedicated and results-oriented representative whose proven record of protecting taxpayers should return her to the Capitol.  I support Heather Carter."

ANDY KUNASEK
Former Maricopa County Supervisor


"Heather Carter, as State House Health Committee Chairwoman, stood with veterans, their families and Arizona’s seniors. I trust her with veterans’ concerns about issues related to health care, education and job training. I know she will continue those efforts in the Arizona State Senate."

JEFF C. YOUNG
LTC-Infantry, U.S. Army Reserves (Ret.), LD 15 Constituent


"As a leader in the healthcare community, I have always been able to count on Rep. Carter and her leadership. Physician Assistant professional issues were always about fairness in the political process and achieving quality access to health care for Arizona citizens, all while improving how government is run. Her dedication to all people of Arizona, no less LD 15, is punctuated with excellent decision-making capabilities, hard work, and a warm diplomatic disposition."

GEOFFREY W. HOFFA
DHSc, PA-C


"Dr. Carter cares about her constituents. She is one of the smartest lawmakers in the AZ legislature that I know. She has a plan to fix education in our state and it’s a good one. I am voting for her because I believe in her ideas."

MIKE VARGAS
CONSTITUENT & 2014 AZ SCIENCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR


"Heather Carter is a strong advocate for public education. She understands the life of a teacher and has fought tirelessly to better the education system in Arizona. I support Heather Carter and believe she is the best candidate to continue moving Arizona public education in the right direction."

AMY S.
2nd Grade Public School Teacher


"As Chair of the House Health Committee, Heather has been compassionate, fair and most important of all, EFFECTIVE in enacting legislation for our patients and our profession.  It is critical that we have the moderating influence of lawmakers like Heather in our State Senate."

GRETCHEN ALEXANDER
M.D.


"Representative Heather Carter has established herself as a strong advocate and leader for her district. She is unafraid to take bold stands on important issues making her a valuable asset to her constituents and Arizona. She works hard at keeping Arizona a great place to live, work and prosper. Please join me in supporting her Arizona State Senate."

BILL GATES
Maricopa County Supervisor


"I am a retired military member/veteran and full-time public school teacher, active in local and national organizations supporting veterans, military members and their families. Heather has been a consistent champion of legislation to assist veterans, military members and their families, helping to create job opportunities for veterans. As a public high school teacher, Heather has been on the front lines of helping our schools and teachers with pay and better funding to educate our kids. She has worked tirelessly to achieve for students, teachers and veterans."

JON ALTMANN
SCPO, USN (Ret)


“I am an Arizona native and in my 22nd year of teaching in our beautiful state. As a kindergarten teacher, I appreciate the efforts Heather Carter makes to increase funding for education. As a former middle school teacher herself, Heather understands the rewards and challenges of leading a classroom. I also appreciate how she has transitioned that leadership into being a legislator who works with colleagues on both sides, industry experts and local constituents to understand and solve a variety of complex problems. Please join me in voting for Heather Carter, LD 15 State Senate.”

MANDY ZITKOVICH
Teacher


"I am proud to endorse Heather Carter for Arizona State Senate. She has served with distinction as Chair of the House Health Committee and I'm sure she will follow up with important contributions in the Senate. She is hardworking, open to ideas and dedicated to issues important to our district and our state. My vote is with Heather!"

PHILLIP B.
Constituent


"We need people like her she's honest, reliable and caring."

WINIFRED H.
Constituent


"Heather is so passionate about our school system."

TRUDY K.
Constituent


"Heather is a tireless public servant. She is committed to growing our economy, creating jobs, keeping our communities safe and improving our schools. We are tremendously grateful for her voice at the Arizona State Legislature."

Scott and Andrea S.
Constituent


"As a physician in Arizona for 16 years, I enthusiastically endorse Heather Carter for her astute knowledge and consideration of Arizona citizens and the need for good healthcare policy. We need her."

TRACI PRITCHARD
M.D.


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