District 17

Honorable Robert J. Carter

Serving Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties

Office Locations


Fayetteville, Tenn.

Alma mater(s)

Cumberland University (Lebanon, Tenn.); University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (Memphis, Tenn.)

Election history

Appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam in July 2012 and took office on Aug.1, 2012; Elected Aug. 1, 2014; Re-elected in 2022.

Gen. Robert Carter was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam in July of 2012. Thereafter, Gen. Carter was elected to the position in 2014. Gen. Carter was elected and served as Secretary of the District Attorney General’s Conference in 2019–2020. He then was elected and served as vice president of the Conference in 2020–2021. Gen. Carter served as a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Bench & Bar Committee, from 2012–2018. Gen. Carter also served on the Child Support Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, and Opioid/Heroin Committee. Gen. Carter is currently the chairman the Conference’s Justice and Professionalism Committee. 

Gen. Carter was an honors graduate of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. Gen. Carter earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2006. At Cumberland University, he was a member of the varsity football program. In 2016, Gen. Carter received Cumberland University’s Distinguished Alumni “Rising Phoenix” Award. In Nashville, he worked with the law firm of Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC, from May 2006 to December 2010. Previously, Gen. Carter interned with the Tennessee General Assembly, with the Calendar and Rules Committee.  


Gen. Carter is currently a member of the National District Attorneys Association, a former board of director’s member of Love Helps, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization in Nashville, and a volunteer for American Cancer Society’s annual “Fabulous Fifties” fundraiser in Fayetteville. Gen. Carter was the assistant baseball coach for Fayetteville Middle School and Fayetteville High School in 2011–2013.

Number and types of courts in your district:

General Sessions Courts, Juvenile Courts, Circuit Courts, Drug Courts in Lincoln County, Marshall County and Circuit Court of Lincoln County



When it comes to safety and prevention, Tennessee District Attorneys know the importance of being tough on crime. Learn more about what your DA does.

Fayetteville Criminal Office

311 East Market Street
Fayetteville, TN 37334
Phone: (931) 438-1906
Fax: (931) 438-1908

Lewisburg Criminal Office

Marshall County Courthouse
Suite 407
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Phone: (931) 270-2225
Fax: (931) 270-2227

Shelbyville Criminal Office

108 Northcreek Drive
Suite 143
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: (931) 685-2191
Fax: (931) 685-2193

Fayetteville Child Support

P.O. Box 878
103 S. Main St.
Fayetteville, TN 37334
Phone: (931) 438-1909
Fax: (931) 438-1934