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Meet Representative Brenda Carter

I was born in 1954, and I  am the 5th of 13 children. My parents, John and Mary, raised their family in Detroit where I graduated from high school. Later I attended several local universities and holds several degrees. 

I joined the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks in 1975 where I held various local, state, and national positions. In 1997 I, along with Phile’ Chionesu and Asia Coney, 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 and eventually I returned to the United States.  It was at one such speaking engagement that 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. 

In 1998, I moved to Pontiac Michigan where I immediately began working throughout the community.  My personal, professional, and public service record speak for itself.


  • 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 29, current
    • Pontiac School District Board of Education - 7 Years, Former Board President
    • Michigan Association of School Board of Directors - President
    • Michigan Association of School Boards - Past chair of the By-Laws Committee, Past chair of the Finance Committee 
    • Council of Urban Boards of Education - Legislative Committee 
    • National School Board Association - Federal Relations Network Committee, Policy and ByLaws Committee, Nominating Committee
    • Oakland County School Board Association - Legislative Committee 
    • Pontiac School District  Policy Committee -  Past Chair 
    • Tax Increment Finance Authority - Board of Directors -  Secretary / Treasurer 
    • Brownfield Redevelopment Authority - Board of Directors -  Secretary / Treasurer  
    • City of Troy - Former Interim Assistant to the City Manager 


    • Delta Fortitude Foundation – Board of Directors / Financial Secretary
    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- Pontiac Alumnae Chapter
    • Pontiac Democratic Club - Member
    • Oakland County Democratic Club - Member
    • Michigan Democratic Party - Member
    • Women Official’s Network (WON) - Member
    • WON Foundation Board of Directors
    • Golden Opportunity Club
    • La Amistad Seniors Club
    • Toastmasters


    • 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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