Louisiana politicians release heartfelt statements regarding passing of former State Representative Steve Carter

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NEW ORLEANS — There has been an outpouring of support from the colleagues of former State Representative Steve Carter.

Carter died on Tuesday due to complications from coronavirus.

Governor John Bel Edwards is the latest to offer their deepest condolences to Rep. Carter’s friends and family. Gov. Edwards said:

“I am deeply saddened to learn that former Representative Steve Carter lost his battle with COVID-19 this evening. Steve served the Baton Rouge community in the Louisiana Legislature for 12 years, and I was honored to serve with him during that time. 

I hope you will join me and Donna in praying for his wife Gloria, his children Amelia and Solomon and their families, including his four granddaughters, Yvie, Carter, Julia and Addie during this very difficult time.”

The Governor will order flags flown at half-staff the day of former Rep. Carter’s funeral.


Senate President Page Cortez released the following statement:

“Former State Representative Steve Carter was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly for the people of Baton Rouge and the entire State of Louisiana. He had a passion for improving education and building a better future for Louisiana’s youth as evidenced by his many years of heartfelt service. He was a friend to all he met and I am better for having known and worked with him.

His passing is truly a loss for his community and state. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, children, and grandchildren during this difficult time.”


Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder followed suit with the statement below:

“I join with my current and former colleagues in mourning the passing of former State Representative Steve Carter. I had the distinct pleasure of serving with him in the legislature, and I was always inspired by his commitment to our shared values and the people of Louisiana.

Steve will be remembered for his commitment to education and his dedicated service to Louisiana and the Capital Area Region. He will stand as an example for future generations of public servants looking to better their communities.

On behalf of the Louisiana House of Representatives, I offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”


Kelli Bottger, Regional Government Affairs Director of the American Federation for Children:

“Steve Carter was an unwavering champion of education reform. He believed a quality education was the great equalizer. Steve worked tirelessly throughout his career to ensure Louisiana’s children regardless of their ZIP code or income level had access to a quality education through school choice.

“We saw in his efforts to improve education a lifelong passion of advocating for meaningful change that improves the lives of others regardless of how tough the journey would become. 

“While Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana will miss Steve’s leadership, we will profoundly miss our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Gloria, their children, Amelia and Solomon, and their four granddaughters.”

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