Senator Kyle McCarter
State Senator, 2009 – Present. McCarter was originallyappointed to the 51st District Senate seat on February 21, 2009 to fill the unexpired term of Senator Frank Watson who retired. McCarter won election to the office in November, 2010. Sen. McCarter is the Minority Spokesman on the Senate Financial Institutions Committee and is a member of the Senate Education, State Government & Veterans Affairs, Agriculture & Conservation, and Licensed Activities committees.
Senator McCarter is a small business owner who employs 15 people at two manufacturing facilities, Custom Product Innovations and Custom Coating Innovations. Among other items, the businesses produce emergency respiratory, specialized fitness equipment, and environmental protectors for the power utility industry.
St. Clair County Board, 2000 – 2009; O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2001 - 2007; President, 2005 – 2007 and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, 2004-2008.
Board Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Metro East-St. Louis; Board Member of Mercy Ministries/St. Louis.
Kyle and his wife Victoria have been married for 28 years and have two sons, Zachary and Austin. Kyle is a 1984 graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in Accounting. He and his family are members of Faith Family Church in Shiloh.
Pro Business: As a small business owner in the manufacturing business for 20 years, I understand the challenges facing Illinois employers.
I am responsible for the livelihood of more than 15 families. During tough times when payroll must be met, I am the first one to do without. I understand how important my employees are to my success. I recently bought a business and moved it to Illinois from Missouri. I did this because I am committed to putting people back to work in Illinois.
As citizens of Illinois, as investors, as risk-takers, we deserve to be able to compete with neighboring states. We deserve to be able to compete on a level playing field with fair business taxes, fees and regulations. We must rebuild our state economy and restore competitiveness with policies that expand economic freedom and put more people back to work.
Pro Family: I believe that marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman.
I also believe the corruption in Illinois government has brought about a terrible economic injustice to our families. The tremendous burden of taxes on our Illinois families – income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and fees – prevents us from saving for college education, from giving to our churches and favorite charities and from investing in our dreams.
The results of the fiscal irresponsibility of the past nine years are now being felt first hand by the families of Illinois. I am committed to defending families and their right to live and prosper in Illinois.
Pro Life: I Life begins at conception and I am convinced that God has a wonderful plan for every life.
Senator McCarter is endorsed by the Illinois Federation for Right to Life.
Pro Gun: The Second Amendment should be protected. Illinois should join 49 other states and make concealed carry the law of the land.
Senator McCarter is endorsed by the Illinois State Rifle Association.
Real Budget Solutions: We must focus on cutting waste, fraud and abuse in government before we cut vital programs like education and human services. We must reduce spending in order to live within our means, just like our families and businesses are required to do. For too long, state government has over-promised and over-spent and today the debt crisis has become a burden that will impact our children and grand children. We need to get spending in line with tax revenues before this crisis becomes unmanageable and that will require a 10% spending cut from top to bottom as well as reforms to the state pension systems, Medicaid, and Workers’ Compensation. My five-year budget plan is outlined at www.illinoisrealitycheck.com.
Education: I currently serve on the Senate Education Committee and am passionately committed to educating our children and equipping them for the future. My wife is a certified elementary school teacher who has experience teaching in some of the most challenging environments in Illinois. Both of my sons have obtained public school educations which have prepared them for success. My youngest son is presently a junior at Oral Roberts University while my oldest son recently graduated from the United States Air Force Academy. As a family we value education and the teachers who make a difference in the lives of our students each and every day.
I have made education a top priority in Springfield. I will keep fighting so that all of our children can get a world-class education right here in Illinois. We must live up to our responsibilities and pay our schools on time so that they have the resources to prepare our children for a successful future. This will require innovate solutions to chronic problems.