Terry Carpenter

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Terry Carpenter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th district
In office
Preceded byAshton C. Shallenberger
Succeeded byHarry B. Coffee
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 48th district
In office
January 5, 1965 – June 1, 1974
Succeeded byCharles Davey
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 42nd district
In office
Preceded byTheodore McCosh
Succeeded byFrank Nelson
In office
Preceded byAmos Morrison
Succeeded byTheodore McCosh
In office
Preceded byOtto Prohs
Succeeded byAmos Morrison
Personal details
Terry McGovern Carpenter

March 28, 1900
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DiedApril 27, 1978(1978-04-27) (aged 78)
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Spouse(s)Hazeldeane Carruthers (m. 1930)

Terry McGovern Carpenter was a politician from Scottsbluff who served one term in the United States House of Representatives and 22 years in the Unicameral Nebraska Legislature. He changed parties multiple times during his political career and ran unsuccessfully for multiple offices.

In 1934, he was a Democratic candidate for Governor, losing to Robert L. Cochran in the primary. In 1936, he was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, losing in a three-way race to incumbent George Norris, who ran as an independent. In 1938, he was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, losing to William E. Johnson, the Republican. In 1940, he was the Democratic nominee for Governor, losing to Dwight Griswold. He was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in 1942, losing in the primary. He was again the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 1948, losing to Kenneth Wherry. In 1950, he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Governor, losing to Walter Raecke in the primary. In 1952, he was elected to the Legislature. In 1954, he sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, losing to Carl T. Curtis. He returned to the Legislature in 1956. In 1960, he was a candidate for Governor in the Republican primary, losing to John R. Cooper Sr. In 1962, he was again elected to the Legislature where he served until his resignation in 1974. He ran for U.S. Senate as the Democratic nominee in 1972, again losing to Curtis. He ran for Lieutenant Governor again in 1974, losing in the Democratic primary. He failed to regain his seat in the Legislature after a write-in campaign.

His wife Hazeldeane was also a candidate for political office, running for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 1964 and 1966. She was co-chair of Mike Boyle's campaign for Governor of Nebraska in 1990.[1]


  1. "Carpenter's Widow Backing Boyle," Lincoln Journal, May 2, 1990.