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Throughout my life I have been fortunate to have amazing mentors who have dedicated their time to ensuring my success. This instilled in me the importance of helping others and why I have dedicated my career to public service. In 2001, after grading from Johnson C. Smith University, I relocated to Texas to attend Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) at Texas Southern University. After graduation and being admitted to the Texas Bar, I selected a career in public service and served as an Assistant District Attorney. I spent over ten years serving both the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and Harris County District Attorney’s Office. During my time in those offices I gained extensive jury trial experience including prosecuting misdemeanors and complicated felonies such as sexual assaults, aggravated robberies and murders.


In 2015 I joined my husband’s practice, The Law Office of Wilvin Carter. Together we practiced criminal defense and personal injury law. I worked tirelessly to protect the rights of individuals charged with crimes and to help families harmed by the intentional and negligent acts of others. Our clients were often from underserved communities similar to the community I was raised in.  My work strengthened my resolve to keep fighting to improve our judicial system.  


In January of 2019 I transitioned from private practice to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office where I served as Chief of the Mental Health Division.  My primary focus was jail diversion for mentally ill individuals who were charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses in an effort to end the cycle of recidivism for people with serious mental illnesses. 


The lessons I learned in the District Attorney’s Office and in private practice proved to be invaluable as I continued my commitment to public service when I sought to become the Judge of the 400th District Court in January of 2021. My career in public service has well-equipped me for this job. I have the knowledge, skills and temperament necessary to be an effective Judge and it would be my honor to continue serving the residents of Fort Bend County in this role. My husband and I have two wonderful children and I am grateful to have them on this journey with me. 

“Experienced, compassionate, and impartial judges are the cornerstone of a fair judicial system.” – Judge Tameika Carter 

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