Jim Carter is Vice President of Government Affairs at Emerson, a diversified global manufacturing and technology company (Fortune #178) based in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to managing federal and state government affairs for Emerson, Mr. Carter’s lobbying portfolio includes tax policy, international trade, and management of the company’s political action committee.
Jim served as the head of tax policy implementation on President Donald Trump’s transition team, helping to lay the groundwork for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017—the first comprehensive reform of the federal tax code in more than thirty years.
Prior to joining Emerson, Mr. Carter served in the Bush and Clinton Administrations, as a senior staff member on the Senate Budget Committee, and as a policy advisor to former Senators John Ashcroft, Sam Brownback, and Connie Mack.
Jim has served as a Deputy Undersecretary at the Department of Labor, a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Treasury, and as Associate Director of the National Economic Council at the White House. Mr. Carter has also served as Chief Economist and Senior Tax Advisor on the Republican staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. While at the Treasury Department, he received the Secretary of the Treasury’s “Exceptional Service Award” and an award for his work on behalf of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.
Mr. Carter has written more than 130 articles on fiscal policy, economics, and other public policy matters for leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Politico, The Hill, and USA Today. He is a frequent speaker, including as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and as a lecturer in the Public Management program at Johns Hopkins University. Jim is a 2014 recipient of Johns Hopkins University’s “Excellence in Teaching” award. He also appeared in season three of House of Cards, playing a U.S. senator.
He holds degrees from George Mason University and Truman State University.