ATLANTA — The Georgia Rural Health Association recently presented its Legislator of the Year Award to Sen. “Buddy” Carter, R-Pooler, during its annual conference Sept. 19-21 at Callaway Gardens.
“Sen. Carter has been a longtime friend to the rural health community,” said Matt Caseman, executive director of the Georgia Rural Health Association. “This past legislative session, he successfully carried the Prescription Monitoring Act and it was signed into law in May.
Carter was born and raised in Port Wentworth. He and his family have been residents of Pooler since 1980. He attended public schools in Chatham County and attended Young Harris College. He received a bachelor's of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Georgia.
He has been a rural pharmacists his entire career and has supported rural initiatives throughout his legislative career.
The senator worked as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager at Rupert Heller’s Prescriptions in Garden City from 1980-88. In 1988, he opened his first retail pharmacy, Carter’s Pharmacy Inc., in Pooler. In 1992, he opened another business, Carter’s Institutional Pharmacy Inc., which serves nursing homes, personal-care homes and hospices.
In 2005, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served until September of 2009. In November 2009, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate representing District 1. His district includes Bryan County.