Who is Capt. Carter M. Quillen, P.E.?

First and foremost, I am a follower of Jesus Christ! I believe deeply in His teachings and apply them as a guiding principle for all my decisions in life. And I also believe in a strict separation of church and state.

Carter’s History

Although I have many friends and family in the 1st District, my work in Tennessee as a small businessman and HVAC engineer has not been in the public eye. So please pardon me for being just a little out of my comfort zone as I pursue a new vocation by trying to convince 100,000 people that don’t know me to put their trust in me to represent them in Washington D.C.

“Carter the A/C man” is what most people have called me throughout my career. But I was also called “Professor Quillen” for many years, “Mr. Quillen” and “Sir” quite a bit.  And for the last 7 years a lot of people knew me as “Captain Carter the Sun Pirate” as my wife and I plied the waters of the Southeast coast during the winter months in a 50 foot solar powered boat that we built called the Archimedes. (The Arc)

First and foremost, I am a follower of Jesus Christ! I believe deeply in His teachings and apply them as a guiding principle for all my decisions in life. And I also believe in a strict separation of church and state.

I’m a Volunteer, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a cousin and a husband. I’m a teacher, a problem solver, a neighbor and a friend. I’m a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician and a master of the art and science of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning. I’m a small businessman, a Registered Professional Engineer and a USCG Merchant Captain. I’m a “Vietnam Era” veteran who gets his healthcare at the James H. Quillen VAMC in Johnson City. And now I am a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 1st District of Tennessee.

I grew up in the Smokies hiking the backwoods trails and swimming every summer down at the Flint Rock. After graduating from Gatlinburg-Pittman HS in 1976, I enlisted in the Coast Guard in Knoxville.  Later I received an appointment to USCG Academy, which I voluntarily resigned from after completing my first year.  I chose to return to the enlisted ranks and use the GI bill when I got out, in order to attend college where it was a lot warmer and there were a lot more girls. (Such are the priorities of a young man).

I eventually graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. That lead me to employment at the Kennedy Space Center as a mechanical system’s engineer, then a stint as an assistant professor at the local community college. During those years, I also raised a family and operated my own HVAC business. After selling my company in 1999, I was able to return to East Tennessee where I started a new business in Jonesborough – that I later sold. After that I moved to Elizabethton and worked in local industry as an HVAC engineer and technician until my recent retirement.

I’ve called the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee home since I was 11 years old and my roots run over 10 generations deep here. I love these mountains and the people that live here and I’ve always been proud to call myself an East Tennessean.

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Carter M. Quillen
P.O. Box 1201
Elizabethton, TN 37644

423.342.1824

The 1st District covers all of Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties and parts of Jefferson and Sevier counties.

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