The Look in Brief

Carter dies after bout with pancreatic cancer

By: - May 17, 2021 2:07 pm
(Photo: John Partipilo)

(Photo: John Partipilo)

Colleagues are mourning the death of state Rep. Mike Carter, a highly respected Ooltewah Republican and former judge who carried clout in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Carter, 67, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer, which was detected in 2020 after he tested positive for COVID-19. 

Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah (Photo: Tennessee General Assembly)
Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah (Photo: Tennessee General Assembly)

“Mike Carter lost his battle with pancreatic cancer late last night, surrounded by his family. We’ll miss him very much. We appreciate your prayers during this difficult time,” said a tweet on Carter’s Twitter account.

Chairman of the House Civil Justice Committee, Carter refused to sign an Ethics Committee report that could have cleared former House Speaker Glen Casada of wrongdoing in a racist texting scandal two years ago, a move that hastened Casada’s departure from the leadership post after the Republican Caucus cast a no-confidence vote.

House Speaker Cameron Sexton said in a Monday tweet he requested the flag at the Cordell Hull Building to be flown at half-staff in honor of Carter.

“It is with great sadness that our friend and colleague Chairman Mike Carter has left this life, but it is with great comfort that he was a man of faith and now has God’s greatest gift – eternal life,” Sexton said on Twitter.

Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee said of Carter, “Mike Carter was a kind, highly respected public servant, lawyer and judge who made a positive difference during his 67 years on this earth. Prayers for family.”

Sen. Frank Nicely, R-Strawberry Plains noted, “When he spoke everyone listened and almost always found themselves on the right side for following his wise counsel. Prayers for Mike’s loved ones. #GodGainedAGoodOne #RIP.”

Said Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, “Judge Carter was an excellent public servant and a great man. He provided wise counsel to his colleagues and displayed fierce loyalty to his friends. My deep condolences to his family on this tremendous loss.”

Comptroller Jason Mumpower and Comptroller Emeritus Justin Wilson also expressed their sorrow and sent prayers to his family. “His sharp mind, strong voice and warm heart helped him serve Tennessee well,” the Comptroller’s Office said.


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Sam Stockard
Sam Stockard

Sam Stockard is a veteran Tennessee reporter and editor, having written for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, where he served as lead editor when the paper won an award for being the state's best Sunday newspaper two years in a row. He has led the Capitol Hill bureau for The Daily Memphian. His awards include Best Single Editorial from the Tennessee Press Association.