Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) died over the weekend. He was 67.
Carter, a former Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge, was battling pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed while being treated for COVID-19 late last year.
Carter unsuccessfully sought the House speakership in 2019 after playing a role in the downfall of then-Speaker Glen Casada. Carter was first elected to the House in 2012.
“Chairman Carter was an effective and dedicated public servant,” House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) said. “His love of service to his community and to Tennessee was surpassed only by his love for God.”
Rep. Yusuf Hakeem, a Democrat also from Hamilton County, said that Carter was “a great friend and colleague [who] will truly be missed.”