NC Rep Jerry Carter dies after illness

Jerry Carter, who represented Rockingham County in the General Assembly, has died.

RALEIGH – N.C. State Rep. Jerry Carter (R-Rockingham) has died following an extended illness.

In July, the Greensboro News & Record reported that Carter was being treated for Duke University Medical Center for a rare gastrointestinal disorder.

Carter’s wife Brenda Bruton Carter shared via Facebook the news he had been diagnosed with idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of mesenteric veins, or IMHMV.

At the time, she said Carter would be hospitalized at Duke for a week or more while internal medicine experts from across the globe weigh in on his treatment and physicians seek to restore lost nutrients to Carter’s system.

“He is the first case here at Duke, and they want to make sure they handle it right,’’ Carter’s wife wrote on Facebook. “Consults are coming in from all over the world.’’

His passing was noted during Aug. 2 Council of State meeting. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson called Carter a “veteran, pastor, and friend” and said he would miss him.

Carter was first elected in 2018 to the N.C. House of Representatives and was serving his third term.