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