Jerry CarlJerry Carl – AL1

Current Position: US Representative for AL 1st District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) issued the following statement regarding his cosponsorship of a resolution calling for the immediate resignation of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

President Biden’s leadership failures have directly resulted in 13 U.S. servicemembers being killed at the hands of brutal terrorists, Americans being stranded abroad, our nation’s reputation being humiliated on the world stage, and the Taliban seizing billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment. A majority of Americans no longer have confidence in the President’s ability to lead our nation and serve as our Commander in Chief. President Biden must resign immediately.

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) earlier today.

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Current Position: US Representative for AL 1st District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican

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I’m proud to join @RepMariaSalazar in supporting the people of #Cuba as they demand an end to the brutally oppressive Castro regime that has denied them basic freedoms for more than 60 years.

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Rep. Jerry Carl views border situation

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) issued the following statement regarding his cosponsorship of a resolution calling for the immediate resignation of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

President Biden’s leadership failures have directly resulted in 13 U.S. servicemembers being killed at the hands of brutal terrorists, Americans being stranded abroad, our nation’s reputation being humiliated on the world stage, and the Taliban seizing billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment. A majority of Americans no longer have confidence in the President’s ability to lead our nation and serve as our Commander in Chief. President Biden must resign immediately.

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) earlier today.

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About

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Congressman Jerry Carl is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and currently represents Alabama’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jerry was sworn in on January 3rd, 2021.

Jerry has been married to Tina, also a native of Mobile, for 39 years. Together, they have two children and two grandchildren. Jerry was raised by a single mother, so he learned the values of hard work and perseverance at an early age. This work ethic is what led him to start his first of many businesses at the age of 25.

Before his time in Congress, Jerry created and grew dozens of small businesses primarily dealing with home health care equipment and specialty pharmacies. He also has experience with timber management and real estate development. Until his son joined the Marines, Jerry never had any ambition of getting involved in politics. When his son returned from Afghanistan, Jerry decided it was time to do more for his community.

Advocating for Economic Development, Job Growth, and Lower Taxes

Jerry served two terms on the Mobile County Commission before running for Congress. During his time in public office, Jerry has fought to restore common sense to government, and he has been a consistent fighter for job creation, lower taxes, and family values. Jerry is a staunch defender of our fundamental constitutional rights, and he is committed to limiting the size and scope of the federal government by eliminating wasteful spending and doing away with burdensome rules and regulations.

Advancing our National Security Interests

Alabama’s contribution to our nation’s military strength and defense programs is vital to national security. Jerry is a natural fit on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is a staunch advocate for the defense interests of Alabama and the United States as a whole. Whether it’s Austal Shipyard in Mobile, Fort Rucker in the Wiregrass, Maxwell-Gunter Airforce Base in Montgomery, or Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama’s contribution to our nation’s military strength and defense programs is critical to national security.

Protecting and Promoting Alabama’s Natural Resources

Jerry also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources, where he works to promote offshore energy production, protect and expand land for recreational hunting and fishing, advocate for Alabama’s timberland, manage and sustain our oceans and fisheries, and oversee tribal lands.

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  • Republican Study Committee
  • Steel Caucus
  • Republican Israel Caucus
  • Sportsmen’s Caucus

 

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1330 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-4931
Fax: (202) 225-0562
502 West Lee Avenue

Summerdale, AL  36580

Phone: (251) 677-6630
41 W I-65 Service Road, Suite 305

Mobile, AL  36608

Phone: (251) 283-6280

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Wikipedia Entry

Jerry Lee Carl Jr. (born June 17, 1958)[1][2] is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative for Alabama’s 1st congressional district since 2021. The district is based in Mobile, and includes most of the state’s share of the Gulf Coast. A Republican, Carl served as a member of the Mobile County Commission from 2012 to 2020, the last two years as president of the commission.

In 2019, Carl announced his candidacy for the House seat being vacated by incumbent Republican Bradley Byrne. He defeated former State Senator Bill Hightower in a runoff for the Republican nomination and Democrat James Averhart in the general election.

Early life and education

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Carl graduated from Sylacauga High School in 1977. He attended Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College) for a time, but left to move back to Mobile and start his first business.[3][4]

Career

After leaving community college, Carl worked for Alabama Power. He then worked for Burford Equipment Company and as a salesman for various companies in Mobile. In 1989, Carl established Stat Medical, a healthcare equipment business. He later worked as a manager at Rotech Medical before establishing a real estate development firm. Carl founded Carl and Associates, a management group, in 2003. He then started Cricket and Butterfly, LLC, a lumber and timber company.

Carl ran for Mobile County Commission in 2012.[5] He defeated incumbent Mike Dean in the Republican primary election in April,[6] and won the general election in November.[7] He was reelected over Margie Wilcox in 2016.[8] In 2019, Carl was selected to serve as Commission President.[9]

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Elections

2020

In June 2020, Carl announced he would run for the 1st district, which was being vacated by seven-term incumbent and fellow Republican Bradley Byrne. He faced former State Senator Bill Hightower, State Representative Chris Pringle, and two others in the Republican primary. Carl narrowly defeated Hightower in the primary, and they went to a runoff election.[10][11] Carl defeated Democratic nominee James Averhart in the general election with 64.4% of the vote.[12] The 1st has been in Republican hands without interruption since 1965, and the Democrats have only managed 40% of the vote once since then.

The 1st typically gives its incumbents very long tenures in Washington. When Carl took office on January 2, 2021, he became only the seventh person to hold the seat since 1919; all but one of his six predecessors held it for at least 10 years.

Tenure

Jerry Carl explains why he opposed the American Rescue Plan in 2021.

117th Congress (2021–present)

One of Carl’s first votes upon joining Congress was opposing the second impeachment of Donald Trump. He said he voted against impeachment because he believed the articles of impeachment “failed to reach the necessary threshold for impeachment.” He also called impeachment “Nancy Pelosi’s personal vendetta against President Trump.”[13] Carl voted against the American Rescue Plan in March 2021, saying the bill was “rushed” too soon after the passing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and that it was too big and would add to the increasing national debt.[14]

As of January 2022, Carl had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 8% of the time.[15]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Carl is a self-described conservative.[17]

Abortion

Carl is anti-abortion, saying in a campaign advertisement that “it’s immoral to stop a beating heart”. He has similarly promised to “protect the unborn.”[17] Carl called Roe v. Wade “disastrous” and supported its overturning in 2022.[18]

Immigration

Carl supports the Trump wall on the U.S.–Mexico border, saying, “Jerry will stand with Trump, build the wall and end handouts for lawbreaking illegals.”[17]

Gun control

Carl has said, “As a conservative, I’ll stop liberals from destroying the Second Amendment.”[17] The National Rifle Association‘s Political Victory Fund endorsed him in 2020, claiming that he supports right to carry legislation.[19]

Impeachment of Donald Trump

Carl voted against the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and voted to object to Pennsylvania’s and Arizona’s electors during the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count.[20]

Climate change

Carl opposed President Joe Biden’s moratorium on oil and gas production, claiming it would destroy as many as 24,000 jobs in Alabama.[21]

Vote to overturn 2020 election

On January 6, 2021, Carl was one of 147 Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn results in the 2020 presidential election.[22]

Electoral history

Republican primary results, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jerry Carl 38,359 38.7
Republican Bill Hightower 37,133 37.5
RepublicanChris Pringle19,05319.2
RepublicanWes Lambert3,0843.1
RepublicanJohn Castorani1,4651.5
Total votes99,094 100.0
Republican primary runoff results, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jerry Carl 44,421 52.3
RepublicanBill Hightower40,55247.7
Total votes84,973 100.0
Alabama’s 1st congressional district, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jerry Carl 211,825 64.4
DemocraticJames Averhart116,94935.5
Write-in3010.1
Total votes329,075 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Carl married Tina in 1981, and they have two children.[23]

References

  1. ^ “Rep.-elect Jerry Carl (R-Ala.-01)”. The Hill. November 30, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  2. ^ “CARL, JERRY LEE, JR – Candidate overview”. FEC.gov.
  3. ^ “Jerry Carl”. Alabama Republican Party. July 2, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  4. ^ Brannon, Michael (June 5, 2017). “1,500 jobs coming to Alabama as Amazon plans to open state’s first sorting center”. Sylacauga News.
  5. ^ McClendon, Robert (April 16, 2012). “Jerry Carl running on his business accomplishments in bid to top Mike Dean”. AL.com.
  6. ^ McClendon, Robert (April 25, 2012). “Mobile County Commission: Mike Dean concedes to Jerry Carl (photo gallery)”. AL.com.
  7. ^ “Businessman Jerry Carl wins District 3 Mobile County commissioner seat”. AL.com. November 7, 2012.
  8. ^ “Carl claims victory in Mobile County Commission race”. AL.com. March 2, 2016.
  9. ^ “Jerry Carl named new County Commission president”. FOX10 News. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  10. ^ “Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl announces run for Congress”. FOX10 News. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  11. ^ “Alabama Primary Election Results: First House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  12. ^ “Alabama Election Results: First Congressional District”. The New York Times. November 3, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  13. ^ “Rep. Jerry Carl explains his vote against impeaching Trump”. FOX10 News. January 13, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  14. ^ Moseley, Brandon (February 8, 2021). “Carl votes against Democrats’ $1.9 trillion budget framework”. Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  15. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (October 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  16. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  17. ^ a b c d “Jerry Carl releases second TV ad in AL-01, pledges to ‘end handouts for lawbreaking illegals’. Yellowhammer News. February 3, 2020. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  18. ^ Carl, Jerry. “I applaud the Supreme Court for overturning the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision! “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.””. Twitter. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  19. ^ “Your vote defends freedom! – Please vote Jerry Carl for U.S. House!”. www.nrapvf.org. Retrieved March 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (January 30, 2017). “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  21. ^ Brandon Moseley (January 29, 2021). “Carl says Biden’s moratorium on oil and gas leases on public lands will cost jobs”. Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  22. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). “The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  23. ^ “Coastal 150 endorses Jerry Carl for Congress”. Alabama Political Reporter. June 4, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.

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Jerry Carl – AL1

Current Position: US Representative for AL 1st District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican

Featured Quote: 
I’m proud to join @RepMariaSalazar in supporting the people of #Cuba as they demand an end to the brutally oppressive Castro regime that has denied them basic freedoms for more than 60 years.

Featured Video: 
Rep. Jerry Carl views border situation

Barry Moore – AL2

Current Position: US Representative for AL 2nd District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 2010 – 2018

Other positions:
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

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Pelosi is no longer a benevolent dictator – she’s a tyrant. It’s NOT Pelosi’s House – it’s the PEOPLE’S House.

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Bring Back American Jobs – Barry Moore for Congress

 

Mike Rogers – AL3

Current Position: US Representative for AL 3rd District since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 1994 – 2002

Other positions:
Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

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Attacks on our intelligence professionals & diplomats, direct or indirect, are a sinister escalation in tensions with #Russia. We must investigate #HavanaSyndrome & support those affected, & make it clear that this behavior is unacceptable. @TheHillOpinion

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Republican Congressman Mike Rogers on impeachment, State of the Union

Robert Aderholt – AL4

Current Position: US Representative for AL 4th District since 1997
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: Circuit Judge from 1992 – 1996

Other positions: 
Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science

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Police need our support now more than ever. Crime is on the rise throughout the country and defunding law enforcement will only put our communities at further risk. We cannot let political scores jeopardize the safety of this nation and the officers that protect it.

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Coffee with Congress – Robert Aderholt

Mo Brooks – AL5

Current Position: US Representative for AL 5th District since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Positions: Member of the Madison County Commission from 1996 – 2011; State Delegate from 1982 – 1992

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I joined several GOP colleagues in writing to the Chairs of the Science, Space, and Technology & Oversight Committees requesting that they investigate COVID-19’s origins. The CCP has refused to share information, & the American people deserve to know how COVID-19 originated.

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DOJ won’t defend GOP Rep. Brooks in Jan. 6 lawsuit

Gary Palmer – AL6

Current Position: US Representative for AL 6th District since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: Co-founder of the Alabama Family Alliance from 1989 – 2014

Other positions:
Chair, House Republican Policy Committee

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The CDC’s reversal on masks is only the latest example of how it has sown distrust and confusion in the American people with its conflicting guidance. I was proud to join my colleagues on this letter in demanding transparency and answers.

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Is America Beyond Hope In 2020? with Congressman Gary Palmer

Terri Sewell – AL7

Current Position: US Representative for AL 7th District since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position: Attorney from 1992 – 2011

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Thinking of John! Our top priority in Congress must be to pass the John Robert Lewis Voting Rights Act! What a befitting celebration of John’s legacy and tribute to the people of Georgia who showed us the real power of the VOTE! #GoodTrouble #RestoretheVRA

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