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Former state representative Steve Carter dies at 77

Posted at 8:36 PM, Jan 26, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Steve Carter, 77, the three-term state representative who ran for East Baton Rouge Mayor-President last year, has died of complications from the coronavirus, a representative for his family told our media partners at The Advocate.

“It is with very heavy hearts we report that Steve has lost his battle with Covid-19 tonight, surrounded by his family,” said Charlotte Melder in a statement.

Melder said Carter passed away around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Carter was hospitalized with the virus earlier this month

Carter, a Republican, was elected to House District 61 three consecutive times, starting in 2007. He was chairman of the House Education Committee from 2012 through 2015.

You can read the full article from the Advocate here.

The Louisiana GOP has released a statement on Carter's passing:

We are heartbroken by the news of former State Representative Steve Carter's passing. Steve Carter was a champion for education reform, improving the quality of life of millions of Louisiana children. We mourn his passing and pray for his family.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has also issued a statement on Carter's passing and offered his condolences:

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.

Edwards said that he will order flags flown at half-staff the day of former Rep. Carter’s funeral.

Following is a statement from Senate President Page Cortez regarding the death of former State Representative Steve Carter:

“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.”

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