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Meet Representative Brenda Carter

I have a Bachelor's degree in business administration and a Master's in public administration. In addition, I am a licensed insurance producer/solicitor. I joined the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks in 1975, holding various local, state, and national positions. In 1997 I co-organized the now-historic Million Woman March. My involvement with the Million Woman March and the Elks spurred me on a speaking tour around the globe.

I returned to the United States. At one such speaking engagement, I opened for a young Senator from Illinois. In 2008, that young Senator, Barack H. Obama, would become the first African American President of the United States of America. So, in 1998, I moved to Pontiac, Michigan, where I immediately began working throughout the community.

I spent eight years on the Pontiac School District's Board of Education. I ran for the House of Representatives in 2018. I am in my third term in Michigan's legislature. I represent Precinct 4 in Auburn Hills, Pontiac, and Precincts 14 - 21 in Waterford Township. I chair Insurance and Financial Services and serve on Health Policy, Tax Policy, and the Joint Committee of Administrative Rules (JCAR). I had five bills signed into law.

I created five task force groups in my district. These task force groups are Education, Veterans Fan Out, Poverty and Homelessness, Minority Health, and Criminal Justice Reform. As a result of my work with the Poverty and Homelessness Task Force, I founded and co-chaired the Poverty and Homelessness Caucus, bi-partisan and bi-cameral, to eradicate poverty and homelessness in Michigan.

I am the first woman to represent House District 53.  I am married to Pontiac City Council Protem Emeritus Randy Carter. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Pontiac Alumnae Chapter, and a member of the New Mount Moriah International Church.


  • Married to Randy Carter, City Councilman of District 4, Pontiac
  • They have 6 children and 7 grandchildren
  • Worships at New Mount Moriah International Church
  • ´╗┐Attended Michigan State, Fiscal Consultant, Michigan Political Leadership Program
  • Spring Arbor College, Business Administration
  • Oakland University, Masters in Public Administration


    • State Representative, District 53, current
    • Chair of Poverty and Homeless Task Force 
    • Vice Chair of the Labor Caucus
    • Chair of the Insurance Committee
    • Pontiac School District Board of Education - 7 Years, Former Board President
    • Michigan Association of School Board of Directors - President
    • City of Troy - Former Interim Assistant to the City Manager 


    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- Pontiac Alumnae Chapter
    • Pontiac Democratic Club - Member
    • Oakland County Democratic Club - Member
    • Michigan Democratic Party - Member
    • Michigan Shiga Sister State Board of Directors
    • Golden Opportunity Club
    • La Amistad Seniors Club
    • Auburn Hills Rotary Club Associate Member


    • 2021 Grand Temple Officer's Award
    • 2019 WONder Woman
    • 2017 Diversity Champion
    • 2017 Japanese Delegation Award Recipient
    • 2015 New Mount Moriah International Church Board Member Excellence 
    •   2015 Oakland University Outstanding MPA
    •   2015 Centro Multicultural La Familia Community Advocate  
    •   2015 Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence  

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