Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Sewell to bring Tiphanie Carter to State of the Union

Feb 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) today announced that Mrs. Tiphanie Carter, wife of fallen Birmingham Police Department Sgt. Wytasha Carter, will be her guest to the 2019 State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5.

“This State of the Union I am honored to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of our law enforcement officers. Sergeant Wytasha Carter was the kind of man that we all hope our sons grow up to be – a devoted and passionate father, husband, co-worker and member of the Birmingham community. His service truly represents the best of Alabama’s 7th District,” Sewell said. “I’m honored his wife Mrs. Tiphanie Carter will join me at the State of the Union.  My congressional colleagues need to hear her story and act to prevent the senseless gun violence afflicting our communities.”

“I am blessed to be chosen to represent Alabama’s 7th District at the State of the Union. I am humbled by Representative Terri Sewell for honoring my husband Sergeant Wytasha Carter and his sacrifice to his community and law enforcement,” Mrs. Carter said. “This honoring provides comfort to our family in knowing his life’s work, service and sacrifice were not in vain. Thank you, Representative Sewell, for being a voice not only for my husband, but for the entire law enforcement family.”

During the early morning of January 13, 2019, Sgt. Carter was killed by a gunshot wound while working to protect the Birmingham community.

Sgt. Carter was raised in Birmingham and graduated from Phillips High School. After graduating from college, he served in the United States Air Force before beginning his law enforcement career in 2002 as a correctional officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s office. Sgt. Carter served with the Birmingham Police Department for nearly eight years and was promoted to sergeant last year. He met Tiphanie, his wife of 21 years, while in the military.

Sgt. Carter and Tiphanie have two children: Dashae (24) and Taelen (15).

Sewell previously honored Sgt. Carter on the floor of the U.S. House. You can watch Sewell’s speech here.