Nicholas H. "Nick" Carter
December 11, 1963) is an American attorney who was the Democratic
nominee in one
of the 2008 Senate
elections in Wyoming
Early life and education
born in Midland, Texas, as the
youngest of nine children.
His father, Herb, was an employee
. When Carter was six, the family moved to
Casper, Wyoming, where his
father worked in the mining industry.
later moved to Gillette, which is
where Carter continues to make his residence today.
he graduated from Campbell County High School.
attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1986. He then attended law
school at the University of Wyoming and earned his J.D.
degree in 1990.
After passing the Wyoming Bar examination, Carter founded Carter
Law Office in 1991 and has since grown it into a successful
practice; today he has participated in numerous jury trials. While
continuing his private practice, Carter was appointed Special
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
the office of the Campbell County District Attorney, a position in
which he served between 1995 and 1998.
Carter has one child, Amanda, who was born in 1985. He and his wife
have since divorced.
2008 U.S. Senate campaign
On June 4, 2007, Craig L.
Thomas, a Republican Senator from
Wyoming, died in Bethesda, Maryland.
, a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate
, to serve until a
special election in 2008 decided who would fill Thomas's seat until
the term expired in 2013. Barrasso is also the Republican nominee
in the special election.
In February 2008, Keith Goodenough, a politician with long records
of service in the Wyoming House of
, the Wyoming State Senate, and the Casper city
council, announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for
the race. Later, Carter made a similar announcement. In August
2008, Carter narrowly defeated Goodenough in the primary by only
Carter has accused Barrasso of being too partisan and of
contributing to the current economic crisis "by voting 98% of the
time in line with Bush economic policies."
Difficulties facing Carter's campaign included a relatively small
amount of name recognition and fundraising compared to Barrasso. In
addition, Wyomingites have a strong historical tendency to elect
Republicans; the last Wyoming Democrat to be elected to the U.S.
Senate was Gale McGee
, who was elected in
As polls predicted, Barrasso won the election in a landslide, with
73% of the vote to Carter's 27%.
In the past, Carter has been both a registered Republican and
One of Carter's main issues is to reduce partisanship in Congress
and work across party lines to attain solutions to national
problems. He supports funding the State Children's
Health Insurance Program
and working toward universal
healthcare, while opposing the current involvement of lobbyists in
the healthcare system. He opposes lenience in dealing with illegal
immigration, supporting ways of securing the nation's borders and
creating a new path to citizenship. He favors trade policies that
would protect American jobs. He hopes to aid the economy by
simplifying the tax system to benefit the middle- and
working-classes. He also hopes to help the United States achieve
energy independence with a wind energy
initiative, also designed to bring jobs to Wyoming. In addition, he
favors gun rights.
- Nick Carter Campaign Site • About Nick
- Fox News • Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas Dies at
- KURL8.com • Goodenough announces Senate bid against
- Casper Star-Tribune • Barrasso plans Monday
- The Gillette News-Record • Carter to face Barrasso
in general election
- Nick Carter Campaign Site • Nick on the