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Carter was first elected to Parliament in the 1994 by-election in Selwyn, replacing the resigning Ruth Richardson. In the 1996 general election, he contested and won the Banks Peninsula electorate, but was defeated in the 1999 election by Labour's Ruth Dyson. He instead entered Parliament as a list MP. In the 2002 election, he failed to recapture his seat, and so remained a list MP.
Carter has several ministerial positions in his career. From 1998 until the National Party's defeat in 1999, he served as Minister for Senior Citizens, as well as Associate Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister for Food, Fibre, Biosecurity, and Border Control. At the very end of National's term in office, he was also Associate Minister of Education.
His background is in farming and the agricultural service industry.
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