Mike Carter is a life long resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee. He graduated Ooltewah High School in 1971, obtained his B.S. from Middle Tennessee University in Pre-Law in 1975. He attended the University of Memphis obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1978. Mike practiced law for twenty years in Chattanooga representing a wide range of clients including Hamilton County from 1985 until 1997.
In 1997 Mike was appointed to Judge of the General Sessions Court of Hamilton County Tennessee. In August of 2005 after volunteering to serve in nursing homes in Houston, Texas during hurricane Rita, Mike came to the conclusion to resign his judgeship and go into full time service for those elderly who could not serve themselves.
In 2009 he was asked by County Mayor Claude Ramsey to return to government service serving as his Special Assistant to the county mayor. He resigned this position when Mayor Ramsey left Hamilton County to become Deputy Governor of the State of Tennessee.
In 2012 he was elected as a State Representative to serve the people of the newly created 29th District of Tennessee and was re-elected in 2014.
Currently in his second term in the Tennessee General Assembly Mike serves as Vice-Chairman on the House Civil Justice Committee, a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee, and the House Ethics Committee. Representative Carter also serves on TACIR (Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations), and the House Judicial Oversight Panel. Mike is the sponsor of the bill giving the people the right to vote on annexation of cities. He was selected as “rookie of the year,” by The Tennessee Journal for handling the Annexation Moratorium.
Mike and his wife Joan, of forty two years reside in Ooltewah, Tennessee where they operate a small business. They have two sons and worship at Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga.