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State Rep. Brenda Carter is serving her first term representing the 29th House District, which encompasses the cities of Auburn Hills, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake Village, Pontiac and Sylvan Lake. Carter is fifth of 13 children. Her parents were John H. Canty and Mary S. Wallace. She graduated from high school in Detroit and attended Michigan State University, Spring Arbor College, and Oakland University. Carter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in organizational design as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in local government. She is a graduate fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program and a certified grant writer and fiscal consultant.

Carter joined the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks in 1975 where she held various local and state positions including state director of education and national positions including grand trustee, grand auditor and grand director of public relations. Carter is one of the founding members of the Million Woman March. Her involvement with the Million Woman March and the Elks spurred her on a speaking tour around the globe. Carter traveled around the U.S., Northeastern Africa, Israel, Egypt and extensively in the Caribbean before returning to the United States. It was at one such speaking engagement that she opened for then-Senator Barack Obama.

When Carter moved to Pontiac, she immediately began working in her community, starting with the Pontiac Community School Improvement team. Later she assisted with the programming of the Pontiac Northern's Huskie Brigade Robotics Team robot for the F.I.R.S.T International Championship.

Carter is currently a member of several organizations, including the Council of Urban Boards of Education, National School Board Association, Oakland County School Board Association, Oakland County School Board Association, Pontiac Democratic Club, Michigan Democratic Party, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and New Mount Moriah International Church. She is also on the board of directors or the executive board of several organizations including the Tax Increment Finance Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Delta Fortitude Foundation, Michigan Shiga Sister State Board of Directors, Women Officials Network and the former president of district four’s Citizens District Council.  

Carter and her husband Randy, live in Pontiac, Michigan. She has five children and seven grandchildren.

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