NC US House Members

The current US house members consist of 10 Republicans:
George Holding District 2 since 2013 (retiring);
Greg Murphy District 3 since 2020 (renominated);
Virginia Foxx District 5 since 2005 (renominated);
Mark Walker District 6 since 2015 (retiring);
David Rouzer District 7 since 2015 (renominated);
Richard Hudson District 8 since 2013 (renominated);
Dan Bishop District 9 since 2020 (renominated);
Patrick Henry District 10 since 2005 (renominated);
Mark Meadows District 11 since 2013 (renominated);
Ted Budd District 13 since 2017  (renominated);

and 3 Democrats:
G. K. Butterfield District 1 since 2004 (renominated);
David Price District 4 since 1997 (renominated);
Alma Adams District 12 since 2015 (renominated);

G. K. Butterfield

Current Position: US Representative for District 1 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

George Holding

Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption. Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office, the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

Source: Government page

Greg Murphy

Current Position: US Representative since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

As a newcomer to politics Dr. Murphy served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. During his second term in the General Assembly, he served as Senior Chair of Health Policy and Chair of Health and Human Services Appropriations.

While he was successful in getting a variety of legislation passed, he was the Primary Sponsor of both the STOP Act and the HOPE Act, North Carolina’s two main legislative actions to combat the Opioid Crisis. He led efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s Medicaid system which saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars during his tenure.

Source: Government page

David Price

Current Position: US Representative since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

Source: Government page

Virginia Foxx

Current Position: US Representative since 2005
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout her time in Congress, Foxx has established herself as a champion of conservative values and has helped lead the national movements to reduce federal government spending and increase government oversight and accountability.

Source: Government page

Mark Walker

Current Position: US Representative for District 6 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican

With a passion to make a difference and a heart for all communities, Walker was sworn-in January 2015 and immediately became an acclaimed leader on Capitol Hill, fighting to prevent the return of earmarks, cut wasteful spending and bring accountability to government bureaucracy. He became a champion for school choice and opportunities for children, working to remove Washington from our classrooms, and has ushered policies that improve veterans’ care and services, closing hundreds of cases throughout North Carolina.

Source: Government page

David Rouzer

Current Position: US Representative for District 7 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for District 7

In his work on Capitol Hill, David was a senior staffer for former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole where he helped write numerous federal statutes and developed a distinct reputation among members and their respective staffs for his advice and work.

As a member of the North Carolina Senate, David consistently ranked as one of the most effective pro-business legislators during his two terms (2009 – 2012) representing Johnston and Wayne County. During his tenure, he was co-chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, co-chairman of the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee, and chairman of the Senate Environmental Review Commission.

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Richard Hudson

Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Richard is committed to working across the aisle to find solutions to create jobs, cut spending and keep our homeland secure, and he has demonstrated that can be done without compromising core principles.

Richard is the most effective legislator from North Carolina according to the Center for Effective Lawmaking, he was named the 12th most conservative Member of the House in the 113th Congress by National Journal, and he has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his unwavering defense of our 2nd Amendment rights.

Source: Government page

Dan Bishop

Current Position: US Representative for District 9 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

In the General Assembly, Dan fought to keep North Carolina families safe from dangerous sanctuary city policy. He cut taxes, limited spending, reduced family healthcare costs, invested in public schools, expanded school choice, raised teacher pay, safeguarded the Second Amendment, passed Voter ID, fought to protect life, cut regulations and helped North Carolina’s economy create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Source: Government page

Patrick McHenry

Current Position: US Representative for District 10 since 2005
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman McHenry’s interest in crowdfunding and capital formation more broadly developed as a child, when his father attempted to grow a small business but struggled for financing. It was this experience—and the lack of small business financing in rural western North Carolina—that drove Congressman McHenry to become a leader on crowdfunding, capital formation, and other forms of disruptive finance.

Recently this has expanded to encompass fintech as he works with industry leaders to discover innovative ways to combine finance and technology with the goal of expanding access to capital for America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Source: Government page

Mark Meadows

Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

During his time in the House, Rep. Meadows has been a known champion for fiscal responsibility, accountable government, pro-growth economic policies, pro-family and pro-life initiatives, and a strong military. Meadows’s office is widely known in North Carolina and on Capitol Hill for providing top notch constituent services—particularly in service of Veterans and military members.

Rep. Meadows has developed a reputation on Capitol Hill as a principled conservative with a unique ability to communicate, negotiate, and find consensus among members with differing opinions.

Source: Government page

Alma Adams

Current Position: US Representative for District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services).

One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

Source: Government page

Ted Budd

Current Position: US Representative for District 13 since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Ted brings an outsider’s perspective to Washington having never held elective office. When an opportunity presented itself after redistricting opened up North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, Ted decided to run and offered to bring a different perspective to our nation’s capital.

Ted sits on the Financial Services Committee where he uses his real world experience to roll back the restrictive regulations that strangle job creation in this country. Working at a young age for his family’s janitorial and landscaping business, Ted learned the importance of work ethic and common sense decision making.

Source: Government page

NC US House MembersNC US House Members

The current US house members consist of 10 Republicans:
George Holding District 2 since 2013 (retiring);
Greg Murphy District 3 since 2020 (renominated);
Virginia Foxx District 5 since 2005 (renominated);
Mark Walker District 6 since 2015 (retiring);
David Rouzer District 7 since 2015 (renominated);
Richard Hudson District 8 since 2013 (renominated);
Dan Bishop District 9 since 2020 (renominated);
Patrick Henry District 10 since 2005 (renominated);
Mark Meadows District 11 since 2013 (renominated);
Ted Budd District 13 since 2017  (renominated);

and 3 Democrats:
G. K. Butterfield District 1 since 2004 (renominated);
David Price District 4 since 1997 (renominated);
Alma Adams District 12 since 2015 (renominated);

Summary

The current US house members consist of 10 Republicans:
George Holding District 2 since 2013 (retiring);
Greg Murphy District 3 since 2020 (renominated);
Virginia Foxx District 5 since 2005 (renominated);
Mark Walker District 6 since 2015 (retiring);
David Rouzer District 7 since 2015 (renominated);
Richard Hudson District 8 since 2013 (renominated);
Dan Bishop District 9 since 2020 (renominated);
Patrick Henry District 10 since 2005 (renominated);
Mark Meadows District 11 since 2013 (renominated);
Ted Budd District 13 since 2017  (renominated);

and 3 Democrats:
G. K. Butterfield District 1 since 2004 (renominated);
David Price District 4 since 1997 (renominated);
Alma Adams District 12 since 2015 (renominated);

Redistricting

Source: Wikipedia

Redistricting in North Carolina has been a controversial topic due to allegations and admissions of gerrymandering.

Constitutional requirements
The Constitution of North Carolina states:

Article 1, Section 10:

“All elections shall be free”.

Article II, Section 3:
The Senators shall be elected from districts. The General Assembly, at the first regular session convening after the return of every decennial census of population taken by order of Congress, shall revise the senate districts and the apportionment of Senators among those districts, subject to the following requirements:

(1) Each Senator shall represent, as nearly as may be, an equal number of inhabitants, the number of inhabitants that each Senator represents being determined for this purpose by dividing the population of the district that he represents by the number of Senators apportioned to that district; (2) Each senate district shall at all times consist of contiguous territory; (3) No county shall be divided in the formation of a senate district;

(4) When established, the senate districts and the apportionment of Senators shall remain unaltered until the return of another decennial census of population taken by order of Congress.

Article II, Section 4:
The Representatives shall be elected from districts. The General Assembly, at the first regular session convening after the return of every decennial census of population taken by order of Congress, shall revise the representative districts and the apportionment of Representatives among those districts, subject to the following requirements:

(1) Each Representative shall represent, as nearly as may be, an equal number of inhabitants, the number of inhabitants that each Representative represents being determined for this purpose by dividing the population of the district that he represents by the number of Representatives apportioned to that district; (2) Each representative district shall at all times consist of contiguous territory; (3) No county shall be divided in the formation of a representative district;

(4) When established, the representative districts and the apportionment of Representatives shall remain unaltered until the return of another decennial census of population taken by order of Congress.

Prior to 2010
Shaw v. Reno was a United States Supreme Court case involving a claim that North Carolina’s 12th congressional district (pictured) was affirmatively racially gerrymandered.
The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in Davis v. Bandemer (1986) that partisan gerrymandering violates the Equal Protection Clause and is a justiciable matter. However, the court found it difficult to apply the precedent in other cases. Only in one subsequent case, Party of North Carolina v. Martin (1992),[1] did a lower court strike down a redistricting plan on partisan gerrymandering grounds.[2]:783

Instead, the Supreme Court found it easier to rule on racial gerrymanders under existing federal law. While the Equal Protection Clause, along with Section 2 and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, prohibit jurisdictions from gerrymandering electoral districts to dilute the votes of racial groups, the Supreme Court has held that in some instances, the Equal Protection Clause prevents jurisdictions from drawing district lines to favor racial groups. The Supreme Court first recognized these “affirmative racial gerrymandering” claims in Shaw v. Reno (Shaw I) (1993), holding that plaintiffs “may state a claim by alleging that [redistricting] legislation, though race neutral on its face, rationally cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to separate voters into different districts on the basis of race, and that the separation lacks sufficient justification”. The Supreme Court reasoned that these claims were cognizable because relying on race in redistricting “reinforces racial stereotypes and threatens to undermine our system of representative democracy by signaling to elected officials that they represent a particular racial group rather than their constituency as a whole”:649–650[4]:620 Later opinions characterized the type of unconstitutional harm created by racial gerrymandering as an “expressive harm”,:862 which law professors Richard Pildes and Richard Neimi have described as a harm “that results from the idea or attitudes expressed through a governmental action.”

2010–present
Following the Republican win of supermajorities in both houses of the General Assembly in 2010, the Republican leadership set out to protect their wins by redrawing both legislative and congressional maps in their favor. This resulted in subsequent elections in which Republicans would,

Cooper v. Harris (2017)
On February 5, 2016, a three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina judges ruled that the 1st and 12th districts’ boundaries were unconstitutional and required new maps to be drawn by the legislature to be used for the 2016 election.] On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Cooper v. Harris, agreed that the 1st and 12th congressional district boundaries were unlawful racial gerrymanders, the latest in a series of cases dating back to 1993 by different parties challenging various configurations of those districts since their first creation. The Republican General Assembly caucus proceeded to revise congressional maps for subsequent elections to be less racially-defined.

Rucho v Common Cause (2019)
Yet another partisan redistricting case was heard by the Supreme Court during the 2018 term. Rucho v. Common Cause deals with Republican-favored gerrymandering in North Carolina. The District Court had ruled the redistricting was unconstitutional prior to Gill; an initial challenge brought to the Supreme Court resulted in an order for the District Court to re-evaluate their decision in light of Gill. The District Court, on rehearing, affirmed their previous decision. The state Republicans again sought for review by the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to issue its opinion by June 2018.

Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek were decided on June 27, 2019, which, in the 5-4 decision, determined that judging partisan gerrymandering cases is outside of the remit of the federal court system due to the political questions involved. The majority opinion stated that extreme partisan gerrymandering is still unconstitutional, but it is up to Congress and state legislative bodies to find ways to restrict that, such as through the use of independent redistricting commissions.

Hofeller files
On the same day as the Rucho decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the federal government in Department of Commerce v. New York, stating that while the bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 United States Census was could be upheld under the Enumeration clause, the explanation provided by the Commerce Department for the question was insufficient. An advocate of the question, Thomas Hofeller, was also the chief redistricting expert employed by the North Carolina Republican Party and the Republican National Committee in the 2010s to redraw legislative and congressional maps for North Carolina and other states. One of his arguments noted that such a question “would be advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.” Following his death in August 2018, his estranged daughter turned over his documents to litigants in Commerce and other ongoing cases against the citizenship question in lower court, who subsequently filed motions to sanction the Department of Commerce for obfuscating Hofeller’s role in how the question became framed.

Common Cause v. Lewis (2019)
On September 3, 2019, the 3-judge panel (2 Democrat, 1 Republican) of the Wake County Superior Court unanimously struck down North Carolina’s current legislative map as unconstitutional, without referring to federal law. Instead, the Court ruled that the map violated the state constitution’s guarantees of free elections, equal protection, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. The decision also cited the Hofeller files as evidence of the goal of the Republican Party to maximize the number of Republican seats in the General Assembly. The Superior Court gave the North Carolina General Assembly two weeks to draw up a new map prior to the 2020 election. The Senate President pro tempore Philip E. Berger announced that the Republican caucus would comply with the ruling and would not appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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G. K. ButterfieldG. K. Butterfield

Current Position: US Representative for District 1 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for District 1 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

About

G. K. Butterfield 1

Source: Campaign page

Congressman G. K. Butterfield is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. Raised in Wilson, Congressman Butterfield spent his formative years attending Charles H. Darden High School and worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights Movement as a young adult. His parents were Dr. & Mrs. G. K. Butterfield, Sr. His father practiced dentistry for 50 years and served as one of North Carolina’s first black elected officials since Reconstruction. His mother was a classroom teacher for 48 years.

Congressman Butterfield graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his law degree, Congressman Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson and served the community in that capacity for 13 years. He is best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African-American elected officials throughout eastern North Carolina.

In 1988, Congressman Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and successfully ran for Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today.

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (114th Congress). He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy. In the 116th Congress, Congressman Butterfield also sits on the Committee on House Administration where serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Elections.

Congressman Butterfield is a life-long member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a proud father and grandfather.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • North Carolina Resident Superior Court Judge
    1988 to 2001
  • Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
    2001 to 2002
  • North Carolina Special Superior Court Judge
    2002 to 2004

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1947
Place of Birth: Wilson, NC
Gender: Male
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Children: Valeisha & Lenai

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2080 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3101

Durham Office
2741 Campus Walk Avenue Bldg. 400, Ste. 300
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 908-0164
Fax: (919) 908-0169

Wilson Office
216 NE Nash Street, Suite B
Wilson, NC 27893
Phone: (252) 237-9816
Fax: (252) 291-0356

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter, Campaign Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for District 1

G.K. Butterfield (D)190,45769.8%
Roger Allison (R)82,21830.2%
TOTAL272,675

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

BUTTERFIELD JR, GEORGE KENNETH (GK) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,378,652.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Committee on Energy and Commerce Members
Committee on House Administration Members
Joint Committee on the Library Members

Subcommittees

House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology
House Subcommittee on Health
House Subcommittee on Energy

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Grow Our Economy & Create Jobs
Overview
Congressman Butterfield is committed to the policies that will help grow our economy and produce job opportunites for the people of the First District and across the state. The strength and ingenuity of the First District can power North Carolina into a new era of prosperity.

‘Make it in America’
Congressman Butterfield is dedicated to helping the American workforce by encouraging businesses to manufacture products within the nation and promoting the export of American goods. With this increase in manufacturing, Americans deserve a thorughtful energy plan that will not only supply its energy demands, but also create green jobs. Creating relationships between local and global businesses will produce opportunities for market expansion, innovation, and job creation.

Build a 21st Century Infrastructure
Congressman Butterfield hopes to maintain and improve all modes of transportation from high and rail, to airports and sea ports. A connected North Carolina provides job opportunities, moving commerce, and a stronger connection with the global economy.

Invest in Rural Communities
As a senior member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Butterfield’s goal is to connect the rural communities of the First Distrcit to the global exchange of technology. Providing agricultural producers with access to world markets, employment opportunities, federal assistance, and new methods of production are critical if rural communities are to thrive.
Expand Opportunity
Overview
Congressman Butterfield believes that hard work and responsibility should be rewarded. The people of the First District deserve equal and fair access to the tools and opportunities that allow them to compete in the global workforce, earn decent wages, and have a fair shot at obtaining the American dream.

Improve Education and Give Children a Head Start
As the son of a school teacher, Congressman Butterfield knows that education is the best investment we can make in our nation’s future.  Early childhood programs such as Head Start and quality primary education will give children the solid foundation to compete in the global workforce, earn fair wages and lead our nation forward.

Train North Carolinians for Jobs of the Future
Congressman Butterfield believes bold action is needed to bridge the gap between those looking for jobs and employers looking for skilled workers. Strengthening our competitiveness begins with providing North Carolinians with tools to succeed through expanding access to high quality education and innovative training programs. Doing so will grow the pool of highly skilled workers that companies are looking for to grow their businesses.

Promote Women’s Economic Agenda
Congressman Butterfield is committed to breaking down the barriers to equal pay and employment for women. True opportunity requires that all people, regardless of their gender, have equal access to the rights, benefits, and opportunities defined by our Constitution. Congressman Butterfield supported President Obama in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, which provides a remedy for women and men who have been victims of pay discrimination.

End Poverty & Hunger
Overview
Congressman Butterfield understands that a weakened U.S. economy depresses incomes, strains households, and eliminates entire job markets, making it harder for families to stay healthy and provide for their loved ones. He will continue to protect and improve crucial safety net programs that help families get back on their feet after unexpected challenges.

Make Sure No Child Goes Hungry
As Co-chair of the Out of Poverty Caucus and member of the Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, Congressman Butterfield will continue to protect and strengthen crucial safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which help families get back on their feet after unexpected challenges. These critical programs are absolutely essential to keep children and families from going hungry while helping get people back to work.

Provide Access to Affordable, Quality Healthcare
As an influential leader on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Butterfield is committed to ensuring that Americans have access to health care. He played a supportive role in the development of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has given millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans access to affordable healthcare.

Increase Affordable Housing Options
Congressman Butterfield believes that homeownership is a key part of achieving the American Dream.  Homeownership constitutes the bulk of wealth for the majority of American households and represents a stepping stone into the middle class.

Protect Voting Rights
Overview
As former civil rights attorney and advocate of voting rights, Congressman Butterfield believes the right to vote embodies the spirit of American democracy. He works tirelessly to eliminate barriers that prevent North Carolinians from exercising their right to vote in free and fair elections.

Fight for Voting Rights Nationwide
Congressman Butterfield is dedicated to protect the right to vote for all Americans. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 (b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).  The historic VRA prohibits racial discrimination in elections.  Section 4 of the VRA is the formula that designates certain areas of the country that must have proposed changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court before implementing those changes.  Without an enforceable Section 4, the VRA has been exploited by extreme and conservative state legislatures in an effort to suppress minority voters.  Congressman Butterfield will not let this setback to the VRA hinder America’s progress for equality and representative democracy.

Fight for Voting Rights in NC
Congressman Butterfield is fighting to stop the aggressive efforts to disenfranchise voters in North Carolina. The right to vote for all eligible adults embodies the spirit of American democracy and should be protected.
Support Our Military & Veterans
Overview
As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Congressman Butterfield believes we need to do more for our veterans and servicemembers. One of the most important aspects of his job in Congress is to proudly represent and support servicemembers and their families of the First District, which is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

Provide Education to Our Veterans
A long-time advocate of our men and women in uniform, Congressman Butterfield believes that educational benefits are important steps towards honoring those who serve and helping them prepare for civilian life. He is working to resolve an inequity in existing law that allots fewer education funds to veterans who attend public institutions of higher learning.

Improve Veterans Healthcare
Congressman Butterfield demands that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs quickly make meaningful reforms to remedy the problems within the VA healthcare system so our veterans can start receiving the high quality care they deserve. As a country, we must support those who protect our freedom and provide them with quality healthcare.

Honor Merchant Mariners
Congressman Butterfield is committed to honoring the brave men and women who served our country in the Merchant Marines during World War II and have gone unrecognized for their service.  Through no fault of their own, these selfless individuals have been unable to prove their service in the Merchant Marines because the documents needed to prove service either did not survive over time or never existed at all.  Congressman Butterfield believes now is the time to stand-up for these great Americans and give them the recognition they rightly deserve.

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George HoldingGeorge Holding

Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption. Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office, the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption. Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office, the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

Source: Government page

About

George Holding 1

Source: Government page

George Holding grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University and has degrees in Classics and Law. Holding clerked for U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle, practiced law with Kilpatrick Townsend and served as the United States Attorney for North Carolina.

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption. Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office, the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

Having previously served as the Representative for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, Holding was sworn in to serve as the Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District on January 3, 2017. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, Budget Committee, and Ethics Committee.

George and his wife Lucy have four children – three daughters and one son.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Practicing lawyer
    1996 to 1999
  • Legislative aide, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.
    1999 to 2001
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina
    2002 to 2006
  • U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina
    2006 to 2011
  • U.S Representative from North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District
    2013 to 2017

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1968
Place of Birth: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Lucy E. Herriott
Children: Alice Margaret Holding, Beatrice Elizabeth Holding, Royal Holding, Louisa Maggie Holding

Contact

Email:

Offices

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3032
Fax: 202-225-0181

RALEIGH OFFICE
7200 Falls of Neuse Road
Suite 204
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: 919-782-4400
Fax: 919-782-4490

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for District 2

George Holding (R)170,07251.3%
Linda Coleman (D)151,97745.8%
Jeff Matemu (L)9,6552.9%
TOTAL331,704

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

HOLDING, GEORGE EDWARD BELL has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $9,806,516.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on the Budget
House Committee on Ethics
House Committee on Ways and Means

Subcommittees

Health
Trade

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Govtrack.us

Issues

Source: Government page

Constitutional Principles

The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Constitution and I believe the Lord blessed their work. To protect our freedom, they gave the federal government limited powers – then they divided those powers between Congress, the President, and the Courts. Then they divided the powers of government again – between the national and state governments.

Today, the federal government’s become more powerful than anyone ever dreamed was possible. In fact, a good part of American history is the story of the federal government growing more and more powerful. But that hasn’t always been wise. And today it’s clear we need to restore checks – and limits – on the federal government’s power.

Economy & Jobs

Nearly seven years after the financial crisis devastated America, families across North Carolina continue to struggle in a weak economy. With hundreds of thousands of able bodied workers still looking for work and many more forced to accept only part time work, Congress needs to make jobs our number one priority.

Unfortunately, Washington’s idea on how to create jobs is more government, more regulation and more spending. If government borrowing and spending money created prosperity, we would be in the middle of the biggest economic boom in all of history. It doesn’t. In fact, it has the opposite impact. That’s why it’s past time to cut government spending.

Instead of more government, we need to return to our fundamental principles. Congress must act to take back its authority, reclaim power from unelected bureaucrats who write rules contradicting and reduce government regulation. We need recognize that it is our nation’s small businesses that are on the cutting edge of innovation and job creation, and the federal government needs to get out of the way.

Education

Education is a key that can open the door to opportunity – which is important to families across America. But federal mandates – and hiring more Washington bureaucrats – won’t cure what ails our public schools. Right now, working families in North Carolina send tax money to Washington, then the Department of Education keeps part of the money and sends part back to North Carolina. Why not just keep the money in North Carolina where it can be spent more effectively? Our local school districts are the best stewards of local tax dollars and giving them the flexibility to spend those dollars as they see fit will benefit our students more than Washington’s unfunded mandates.

Energy

Our goal is to become energy independent. But, right now, the federal government is standing in the way of producing more domestic energy. Instead, Washington should be marching in the opposite direction – it should be encouraging more energy production right here at home. If we produce more energy gas prices will fall, we will become less reliant on energy sources from hostile nations, and that will boost almost every part of our economy by creating jobs.

Family

For years the federal government has been creating new programs to ‘help’ families. That’s been Washington’s solution to almost every problem – a new government program. But it turns out many of those programs have backfired. The best way to help families is simply to reduce the burden on families – for instance, by cutting taxes. Today, taxes are the fastest growing expense in the average family’s budget – they cost families more than food, clothing or shelter.

Foreign Affairs

As a past member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I am committed to protecting our nation’s interests and ensuring our nation’s strength – which includes providing critical oversight of our foreign policy, diplomatic efforts, and foreign aid.

At the same time, our nation has an exorbitant dollar debt and we borrow nearly forty cents of every dollar the federal government spends. While I believe we must stand by our allies, like Israel, but does it make sense to borrow money from China and then give it to other nations that do not share our common beliefs? We need to scrutinize how we spend our foreign aid dollars to cut waste.

Government Spending

By any measure, Washington has a spending problem. While families across North Carolina have had to tighten their belts, the federal government continues to spend historic amounts of money without a plan to address the long term debt. Our government cannot continue borrowing nearly 40 cents out of every dollar spent – spending of this magnitude is more than reckless. It’s morally wrong to leave our children a legacy of debt that imperils their ability to achieve the American Dream. Congress must act now to restore sanity to federal spending. We must go line-by-line through the federal budget to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse, end duplicative programs, and reform our entitlement programs to place them on sound financial footing. Furthermore, we need a balanced budget amendment to preserve the nation’s financial security for future generations.

Healthcare

If ever a piece of legislation was misnamed, it was the “Affordable” Care Act. Not a day goes by that I don’t see another problem that this legislation has caused or will cause down the road. Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, many North Carolinians continue to see their insurance costs increase, benefits decrease, and have their provider options limited. I think we would all agree that the rising cost of health care in this country must be addressed in some way, but the Affordable Care Act has proven itself to be unworkable and unsustainable. The path to a healthcare system that works for both patients and providers starts with repealing this misguided attempt at healthcare reform. After eliminating this one-size-fits-all approach, we must put in place a system that rewards physicians who provide patients with quality care and makes insurance companies compete against each other to offer the most affordable, patient-centered options.

National Defense

We live in an era when rogue nations are state sponsors of terrorism and new threats are emerging from all corners of the globe – so it’s common sense to have a military that can overcome any threat we face, whether the threat comes from terrorism or from a rogue nation with nuclear ambitions like Iran or North Korea.

To protect us, we ask the young men and women of our Armed Services to serve on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, at military posts in foreign lands, and in active theaters of war. We have a moral duty to always make certain these young men and women have the tools – and full support – they need.

North Carolina is also proud to have a strong military tradition as the home of units like the 82nd Airborne Division and military bases like Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base.

Religious Freedom

Our Constitutional freedom to pray and worship God is the bedrock beneath the moral fiber of our nation. “In God we Trust” is not just a slogan. The roots of our freedoms run back to religious and moral beliefs – beliefs that have touched every part of American life throughout our history. Americans also understand religious freedom extends to different faiths – but the Founding Fathers never meant freedom of religion to be transformed into government opposition to religion.

Tax Reform

If someone set out to make a tax code that was complicated, burdensome and inefficient, they’d be hard pressed to do much better than our current tax code. In 2012, the National Taxpayers Union reported that it took Americans 6.38 billion hours to comply with the tax code – a massive waste of valuable resources.

As it is written, our personal and corporate tax codes do far too much to pick winners and losers, and far too little to reward hard work and entrepreneurship. Congress should act this year to reform our tax code, making it flatter, fairer, easier, and more efficient for honest taxpayers to pay their taxes without fear of future persecution.

Term Limits

Since the government shutdown began, we’ve seen plenty of posturing and finger-pointing – but not much common-sense. Sadly, this is the new normal in American politics.

At the heart of the problem in Washington is the thriving – and anchored in place – political class. To put it bluntly, many career politicians put the wishes of the well-connected D.C. establishment ahead of the interests of the people they were elected to serve.

Fortunately, there is a solution: Term Limits.

Term limits will spell the end of politics-as-usual in Washington, help restore a citizen legislature, and encourage public officials to do what’s best for their constituents. Overwhelmingly supported by 82% of Americans, term limits are a solution consistent with the will of the people and the intent of our founders.

The government shutdown is further proof that term limits are more important now than ever. That is one reason why last Tuesday I introduced a Constitutional amendment that limits Members of Congress to six terms in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate.

The American people have lost faith in their government. And rightly so. It is well past time to change the status quo in D.C. and turn the ship around. Term limits will do just that. They are a common-sense solution that will break the gridlock, end Washington politics-as-usual, and help restore the citizen legislature our founding fathers envisioned.

It’s time for public officials to start making a difference, not a career.

Veteran’s Issues

The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform are the reason we today enjoy our freedoms. Ensuring our veterans past, present, and future – and their families – have the care they need is a fundamental way to acknowledge their sacrifices.

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Greg MurphyGreg Murphy

Current Position: US Representative since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

As a newcomer to politics Dr. Murphy served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. During his second term in the General Assembly, he served as Senior Chair of Health Policy and Chair of Health and Human Services Appropriations.

While he was successful in getting a variety of legislation passed, he was the Primary Sponsor of both the STOP Act and the HOPE Act, North Carolina’s two main legislative actions to combat the Opioid Crisis. He led efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s Medicaid system which saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars during his tenure.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

As a newcomer to politics Dr. Murphy served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. During his second term in the General Assembly, he served as Senior Chair of Health Policy and Chair of Health and Human Services Appropriations.

While he was successful in getting a variety of legislation passed, he was the Primary Sponsor of both the STOP Act and the HOPE Act, North Carolina’s two main legislative actions to combat the Opioid Crisis. He led efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s Medicaid system which saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars during his tenure.

Source: Government page

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Source: Government page

Dr. Gregory Murphy, originally from Raleigh, graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College in 1985. He then attended UNC School of Medicine graduating with Honors and a member of AOA. After doing his residency in Urology and Renal Transplantation at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he and his wife settled in Greenville, NC to begin his practice. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children all are either working or in graduate school. He was formerly President of Eastern Urological Associates in Greenville and Affiliate Professor and Chief of the Division of Urology at the ECU School of Medicine. He recently served as Davidson College’s Alumni President and was on its Board of Trustees. Outside of work he has traveled extensively for the last 35 years to Third World Countries including India, several parts of Africa, Nicaragua and Haiti  as a Medical Missionary.

Dr. Murphy’s professional career has been primarily one of clinical practice and administrative leadership positions. His surgical practice site is Vidant Medical Center, a 1,000 bed level 1 Trauma Center, which serves 29 eastern NC counties. He served for three years as Chief of Staff of the Medical Center. He previously served on the Board of the NC Urological Association, on the Board of Directors of the South Eastern Section of the American Urological Association and on the Executive Board of the Judicial and Ethics Committee for the American Urological Association as well as on the By-Laws Committee. He is a member in good standing of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.

As a newcomer to politics Dr. Murphy served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. During his second term in the General Assembly, he served as Senior Chair of Health Policy and Chair of Health and Human Services Appropriations. While he was successful in getting a variety of legislation passed, he was the Primary Sponsor of both the STOP Act and the HOPE Act, North Carolina’s two main legislative actions to combat the Opioid Crisis. He led efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s Medicaid system which saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars during his tenure.

Dr. Murphy, along with 25 other candidates, ran in a Special Election in 2019 to replace Congressman Walter B Jones, Jr, who passed away after serving the citizens of the NC District 3 for more than  22 years. Running against 16 other Republicans, he came in first in the Primary but had to compete in a runoff two  months later. He won the run off by more than 20 points and then won the General Election two months later with 61 percent of the vote. As a freshman in the US Congress, he serves on the Science and Technology Committee as well as the Education and Labor Committee.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Urologist

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1963
Place of Birth: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Wendy Murphy

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington, D.C. Office
2333 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3415

Edenton Office
101 W. King St.
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone: (252) 368-8866

Greenville Office
1105 Corporate Dr., Suite C
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 931-1003

Jacksonville Office
234 Northwest Corridor Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone: (910) 937-6929

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 General Election for District 3

Gregory Murphy (R)70,40761.7%
Allen Thomas (D)42,73837.5%
Greg Holt ()5070.4%
Tim Harris (L)3940.3%
TOTAL114,046

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

MURPHY, GREGORY FRANCIS (GREG) has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,752,610.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education & Labor Committee
Science, Space, & Technology Committee

Subcommittees

Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee
Workforce Protections Subcommittee
Environment Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Source: Government page

Limited Government 

The Constitution begins with the words We the People, a strong message sent by the Founding Fathers that our government exists only because the people authorize it to exist. The Constitution is not a document that lays out what the government can do. In fact it is just the opposite, it lays out all the things the federal government cannot do. The 10th Amendment goes so far as to reassure us that all the powers not specifically given to the federal government resting the hands of the people and the states. I believe in a traditional interpretation of the Constitution and I will go to Washington with the goal of decreasing the size and scope of the federal government and to move as much power away from Washington and back to North Carolina and its people.

 Spending & Debt 

Our national debt recently passed $22 trillion and despite this staggering number, our government continues to borrow over 40% of every dollar it spends. I support a Balance Budget Amendment and will always look for and support spending cuts, with an eye toward clearing defining wants from needs. We must curtail this out of control spending that is mortgaging our children’s futures.

Support President Trump 

President Trump is one of the few Presidents in recent memory who is attempting to do exactly what he said he was going to do on the campaign trail.  If Senate Republicans had supported him, Obamacare would have been repealed.  I will support the Trump agenda because it is the people’s agenda, especially Eastern North Carolina that voted so overwhelming in his favor.

Supporting Our Military 

Promises made should be promises kept. That standard goes for our active duty military who stand in harms way to protect our freedoms, as well as our veterans who have honorably served our nation. Our area contributes as much as any in the nation to our armed forces and we must make sure our services, for both active duty, veterans and their families are second to none.

National Defense 

The United States is the world’s great superpower and maintaining a strong national defense is a Constitutional mandate that must be upheld. We must follow the council of our military leaders and make sure they have the tools they need to protect our freedoms around the world.

2nd Amendment 

The Founding Father’s did not randomly select the order of the Amendments and the fact that the right to bear arms is so near the top is telling. Reactionary responses to crimes involving guns overlooks the basic facts that more restrictive gun laws will have little effect on crime because by nature, criminals do not follow the law. Combine these freedom supporting principles with personal protection rights and our sporting heritage and I see no reason to place further burdens on law abiding citizens to purchase and own firearms.

Immigration 

Legal and orderly immigration has been an important part of the fabric of our Nation. Allowing individuals to cross our borders illegally endangers our national security, weakens our economy and is an affront to the millions who have played by the rules and entered our nation through the proper legal channels. We must enforce the laws already in place, oppose amnesty for those who broke those laws and provide funding to secure our borders as a matter of both national security and of principle.

Healthcare

As a physician, I have firsthand knowledge of the healthcare crisis in our nation and the role the federal government played in getting us there. Obamacare was one of the worst pieces of legislation ever passed and we must do everything possible to dismantle any remnants of that failed policy. I support healthcare reforms that put the decision making process of doctor choice and treatment options in the hands of the citizens and will look for new and innovative ways to implement such changes.

Protecting the Innocent Unborn 

I am solidly pro-life and will do all within my power to protect the innocent unborn. As a Christian, I also will work to show compassion for those having to make this decision and provide as many alternatives as possible, including reducing barriers to adoption.

 

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David PriceDavid Price

Current Position: US Representative since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

Source: Government page

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From Educator to Congressman

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science.  Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.  He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

David is North Carolina’s only member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  He also serves on the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. He also serves on the House Budget Committee. He is a recognized leader on foreign policy, serving as Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership and an outspoken advocate for Middle East peace.  In North Carolina, David’s constituents know him as a strong supporter of education, accessible health care, affordable housing, clean air and water, scientific research, and improved transportation alternatives.

Personal Background

Born in 1940, David grew up in the small town of Erwin in eastern Tennessee, where his father was a high school principal and his mother was an English teacher.  David studied at Mars Hill College and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar.  He earned his B.A. in 1961 and continued his education at Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree (1964) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1969).

David and his wife Lisa were married in 1968 and settled in Chapel Hill in 1972.  After being a stay-at-home mother for many years, Lisa worked for Chapel Hill Mayor Ken Broun and then went on to help to found North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.  She was its Executive Director until retiring in 2007.  The Prices have two children and two grandchildren: Karen, a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, and Michael, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Brunel University in London.  David and Lisa are proud grandparents of Charles Albert Price (born in 2006) and Margaret Elizabeth Price (born in 2009).

David is a member of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, where he has taught Sunday School and chaired the official board.

Recognized Leadership

In addition to his leadership on the Appropriations Committee and the House Democracy Partnership, David serves as a Vice Chair on the House Democracy Reform Task Force, a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and a co-chair of the Democratic Policy Group.  Price also co-chairs the Democratic Caucus Faith Working Group, the National Service Caucus, the Congressional Vision Caucus, the Congressional Humanities Caucus, and the Moldova Caucus.

Price has received numerous awards and honors for his work as a legislator.  He has been named a Lifetime Champion by the North Carolina Justice Center, a Champion of Science by the Science Coalition, a Distinguished Community Health Champion by the National Association of Community Health Centers, and a Legislator of the Year by the Sierra Club of North Carolina, the North Carolina Low-Income Housing Coalition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other organizations.  He is a recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Award from the American Political Science Association, the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of National Service, the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award from the United States Coast Guard, the Good Government Award from Common Cause of North Carolina, and the Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, among others.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Faculty
    Yale University
    1967 to 1973
  • Professor
    Duke University

    973-1986, 1995-1996

  • Staff director of the commission on presidential nomination for the Democratic National Committee
    1981 to 1982
  • Chair
    North Carolina Democratic Party
    1983 to 1984

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1940
Place of Birth: Erwin, TN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Lisa Price
Children: Michael Price, Karen Price

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2108 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.1784
Fax: 202.225.2014

Chapel Hill-Durham Office
1777 Fordham Blvd
Suite 204
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 919.967.7924
Fax: 919.967.8324

Raleigh Office
436 N. Harrington St
Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919.859.5999
Fax: 919.859.5998

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Democratic Primary for 4th District

David Price (D)151,93886.7%
Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)23,20913.3%
TOTAL175,147

Finances

PRICE, DAVID E has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $5,175,645.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Appropriations
House Committee on the Budget

Subcommittees

Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
   Chair
Homeland Security, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Appropriations & Budget

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and member of the House Budget Committee, I have fought consistently for robust investments in education, innovation, infrastructure, and the other things that make our nation strong, while also working to promote fairness and fiscal responsibility in the federal budget process.

In the current Congress, I serve as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, which oversees federal transportation and housing funding. I also serve on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.

My role as the only Appropriations Committee member from North Carolina has also allowed me to ensure that our state gets its fair share of federal resources by fighting for programs and projects on which it depends, including scientific and biomedical research. I have also secured funding for a wide range of local projects that directly benefit the Fourth District.

As your representative, I will continue to fight for a federal budget that protects critical domestic investments while also charting a responsible path back to fiscal balance. I hope you will keep in touch with me as Congress debates these important issues.

Campaign Reform

I believe we are at a tipping point in the short history of campaign finance reform: We can either stand by the common-sense reforms enacted after the Watergate scandal, or we can cede control of political campaigns entirely to the wealthy and monied interests.  The responsible choice is clear.

I have been at the forefront of Democratic efforts to protect our electoral process and have authored legislation, the Empowering Citizens Act, which would modernize and refine the presidential campaign financing system, create a new small donor matching system for congressional campaigns, and establish clear rules on coordination between candidates and “Super PACs.”  These commonsense, concrete steps would diminish the influence of high-dollar special interests in our elections and encourage grassroots participation at all levels of politics.

I am the author of the “Stand By Your Ad” requirement, which requires candidates to appear in, and claim responsibility for, the content of their campaign ads.  I also reintroduced my “Stand By Every Ad” legislation, which would extend the original Stand By Your Ad requirement to Super PACs.

Education

America’s children are her greatest resource, and federal support for public education is essential to ensuring that our young people can fulfill their potential and grow into the leaders, innovators, and productive workers of tomorrow. As a product of our state’s public university system and a career educator myself, I have always regarded education as my highest priority in the Congress. My successful legislative initiatives include the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation, which supports innovative curricula and teaching methods at community colleges; the law making interest on student loans tax-deductible; and national scholarships for prospective teachers modeled on our state’s successful Teaching Fellows program.

Today, the challenges facing our education system are many, from reforming and improving the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, or “No Child Left Behind”), to making sure children from all walks of life, including those with disabilities, have equal opportunities to learn. In order to keep the doors of opportunity open to all students who strive for a bright future, we must ensure that a college education is accessible and affordable; I have supported student loan reforms which have eliminated “middlemen” and made more funds available to students on better terms. We must also take additional steps to attract and retain teachers and to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am fighting to avoid teacher layoffs and other ill-advised cuts in education funding. I believe strongly that quality education is the essential key to our economic competitiveness and prosperity, and that current efforts to cut education funding in the name of reducing the budget are dangerously misguided and counterproductive.

As your Representative, I will continue to fight to preserve and expand educational opportunities in the Fourth District and throughout the country. As Congress continues to debate education policy, I hope you will keep in touch with your views.

Energy & Environment

The wise stewardship of our natural resources is critical to our nation’s national security, public health, and quality of life, and I am a staunch supporter of efforts to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat from environmental contamination.

In order to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment – today and for future generations – we must continue to build on landmark environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. We must also continue to provide robust funding for programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the National Park Service, which help protect important wild places and make them accessible to the public. Coming from a family of avid animal lovers, I am also a strong supporter of legislation to protect animals, wildlife, and the habitat on which they depend.

In the Fourth District, we also understand the importance of new energy and environmental technologies to our economic development, and I have worked as a member of the Appropriations Committee to promote federal investments in environmental research, renewable energy technologies, and other “green” industries that will be essential to our future economic competitiveness. I am a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and together we are working to promote a more sustainable national energy policy that includes conservation and renewable energy provisions and moves us away from our dependence on fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, in the previous Congress our landmark environmental laws and our investments in a cleaner and greener future came under threat like never before. As your Representative, I will continue working to resist attempts to undercut critical environmental laws and to provide adequate funding for energy and environmental research. As Congress debates these important issues, I hope you will keep in touch with your views.

Foreign Policy

Our nation is facing new and renewed national security challenges. The brutal attacks in Paris and San Bernardino underscore the grave threat posed by Daesh, also known as the Islamic State. President Obama’s multifaceted strategy for confronting this threat has succeeded in recovering more than 40 percent of the territory held by Daesh in Iraq, but we must not relent in our efforts to combat this scourge.

American foreign policy should emphasize our role as a force for global peace and stability and as an exemplar of democratic values. In the current Congress, I serve as co-chair of the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission of the House of Representatives that provides support to parliaments in developing democracies. I was also instrumental in securing congressional support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which I strongly believe will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and I have spearheaded successful efforts to improve transparency and accountability for private military contractors.

Gun Violence Prevention

I have always believed that reasonable measures that reduce gun violence and keep firearms out of the wrong hands are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have tried to advance commonsense reforms that protect our communities from harm while still allowing responsible, law-abiding citizens to own and use guns. Our current laws are failing us, and I refuse to believe that this issue is too complicated or too politically divisive to be addressed comprehensively and effectively.

As a Vice Chair of the House Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I have helped lead the effort within Congress to help prevent tragedies from recurring. The Task Force’s proposal calls for a reinstatement of federal bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks on gun sales, and expanded support for mental health services. The proposal also encourages the expansion of critical law enforcement activities to reduce gun violence–such as local gun buy-back programs–and removing misguided restrictions on research into the causes of gun violence in our communities.

On the Appropriations Committee, I have led efforts to eliminate the federal ban on funding for gun violence research, which has been in place for decades. I strongly believe that this ban is outdated and misguided, and that academic research could provide important insights that could help reduce the impact of gun violence.

In an effort to jump-start consideration of comprehensive reforms, Democrats in Congress have also introduced several stand-alone bills to strengthen and improve our nation’s gun laws. Among other measures, I am a cosponsor of legislation to expand background checks and close the “gun show loophole” that allows as many as 40 percent of all guns sold in the United States to change hands without proper screening; legislation to repeal the so-called “Tiahrt restrictions” that prevent federal agencies from enforcing anti-gun trafficking laws; and legislation that would impose stricter penalties on gun dealers who skirt the law.

These bills represent sensible–and in some cases, bipartisan–reforms that would have a measurable impact on the safety of our schools and communities without preventing law-abiding citizens from using guns for self defense or recreational purposes. President Obama has made clear that achieving progress on this issue is a priority for his second term; it is now up to Congress to fulfill its responsibilities and pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence.

Housing and Community Development

All Americans should have access to a safe, affordable place to call home, but too many families in North Carolina and around the country are denied this basic necessity. Greedy, irresponsible behavior in the subprime mortgage market, abetted by lax or nonexistent regulation has made matters much worse and contributed to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, leaving far too many families in desperate situations.

As the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, I strongly support adequate funding for a broad range of programs designed to promote affordable housing, homeownership, and community development. We have a responsibility to work together to bring the American dream within reach for as many as possible.

Military and Veterans 

We must ensure that our government makes good on its obligation to provide them with adequate health care, educational and career opportunities, and other support services. We must also ensure that those who continue to serve on active duty have the support they need from back home, whether it is adequate protective equipment, compensation for extended or repeated tours of duty, or sufficient training and recuperation time between tours.

I firmly believe that, while we must work to reduce the deficit and eliminate the debt, we must ensure that our national checkbook is not balanced on the backs of men and women who have served–and sacrificed–for our country.

As a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations, I have fought over the years to ensure that the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have the resources they need to meet the needs of service members and veterans in the Fourth District and across the country.

Transportation & Infrastructure

As Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I lead the committee that oversees federal transportation and housing funding. These are vitally important issues in the Fourth District and throughout North Carolina. Our highways and railroads are crumbling and overcrowded, and affordable housing is all too scarce in our communities. I believe that since the House flipped in 2011, the policies of the Republican majority have left these programs chronically underfunded.

First and foremost, we must maintain our roads, highways and interstates, and bridges, which are critical to our economic prosperity as well as our quality of life. But new and widened roads alone cannot solve the traffic congestion and other problems that have become a part of daily life for many Fourth District residents. I am a strong supporter of “smart growth” development, which emphasizes greater coordination of housing, public transportation, and economic development plans at the local level, as well as an advocate for a “complete streets” policy that improves transportation options for all users – including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, older persons, individuals with disabilities, and motorists. I have worked with local leaders to advance a plan for expanded bus and regional rail, and have also helped lead the fight in Congress to expand and improve high-speed rail in critical corridors, including the Southeast. We simply must develop a true multi-modal transportation strategy in order to keep pace with our community’s needs.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2005
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout her time in Congress, Foxx has established herself as a champion of conservative values and has helped lead the national movements to reduce federal government spending and increase government oversight and accountability.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2005
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout her time in Congress, Foxx has established herself as a champion of conservative values and has helped lead the national movements to reduce federal government spending and increase government oversight and accountability.

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About

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Congresswoman Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout her time in Congress, Foxx has established herself as a champion of conservative values and has helped lead the national movements to reduce federal government spending and increase government oversight and accountability.

She currently serves as the Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor. From 2013 to 2016, she served as Secretary of the House Republican Conference.

The nonpartisan magazine National Journal has consistently ranked Foxx as one of the most conservative members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation. She also has a lifetime 96 percent approval rating from the American Conservative Union.

Representative Foxx is a visible leader in the House Republican Conference, where she regularly takes a stand for the principles of individual freedom and limited government. She was also the first member of her 2004 class to introduce and pass a substantive bill in the House.

In 2008 Foxx successfully passed a bill to streamline the federal government and save taxpayer money. This accomplishment makes her one of the few members of Congress who took office in 2004 who got legislation signed into law in both the 109th and 110th Congresses.

As the Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Foxx led efforts to modernize and reform the nation’s workforce development system. In 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provided a long overdue reform of the Workforce Investment Act, was signed into law. WIOA, a bipartisan, bicameral compromise between the Foxx-authored SKILLS Act (H.R. 803) and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356), streamlines and improves existing federal workforce development programs and fosters a modern workforce that American businesses can rely on to compete.

Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Foxx spent 10 years in the North Carolina Senate where she successfully sponsored several statewide and local bills and consistently voted against tax increases and for legislation that would make governments more efficient and less wasteful.

Dr. Foxx is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her A.B. degree in English and M.A.C.T. in Sociology. She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching/Higher Education from UNC-Greensboro.

Dr. Foxx began her career as a secretary and research assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught at Caldwell Community College, was a sociology instructor at Appalachian State University and held several administrative positions at ASU, including Assistant Dean of the General College. Dr. Foxx also served as Deputy Secretary for Management in the N.C. Department of Administration for Governor Jim Martin. Prior to her election to the Senate in 1994, she served as President and later a consultant at Mayland Community College from 1987-1994.

Representative Foxx has been active in civic and business affairs, serving on many state and national committees. She served on the Executive Committee of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and was elected to three four-year terms on the Watauga County Board of Education. She was confirmed by the United States Senate for a Presidential appointment to the National Advisory Council for Women’s Educational Programs. She also served on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Panel. Other current or former service on boards includes the Board of Directors of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, Board of Directors of the N.C. Center for Public Research, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, National Conference of State Legislatures’ Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Child Care, Charter Member of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and the Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center Board.

Dr. Foxx is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Her support for America’s veterans and active-duty military is characterized by her introduction of the HERO Act, legislation that extends IRA benefits for troops serving in combat zones. She has also supported bills that expand veterans’ disability compensation and that significantly increased overall Veterans Affairs funding. Dr. Foxx has also voted in favor of honoring our nation’s fallen by prohibiting demonstrations at military funerals held at national cemeteries.

Dr. Foxx is the recipient of several state and national awards. Among those awards are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award, the Family Research Council’s True Blue Award and the Alan Keith-Lucas Friend of Children Award, the highest honor granted by the North Carolina Child Care Association. She is a former Rotarian.

At Mayland Community College, Dr. Foxx implemented several nationally recognized programs including a curriculum evaluation program which has been adopted by major universities. In another major success, she raised over $1 million in private funds for an on-campus, state-of-the-art child development center built by prison inmates. At ASU she implemented a model orientation/academic advising program which is still in existence.

Virginia Foxx is married to Tom Foxx. Prior to her entering Congress, the couple owned a nursery business in Watauga County. Dr. Foxx is a lay leader in her church and her hobbies are reading, gardening and being a grandparent to two.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Member
    Watauga County Board of Education
    1976 to 1988
  • President
    Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, North Carolina
    1987 to 1994
  • Member/ Representative
    North Carolina State Senate
    1994 to 2004

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1943
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York, NY
Gender: Female
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse: Thomas A. Foxx
Children: Theresa Foxx

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2462 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2071
Fax: (202) 225-2995

Boone District Office
400 Shadowline Dr, Suite 205
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: (828) 265-0240
Fax: (828) 265-0390

Clemmons District Office
3540 Clemmons Rd, Suite 125
Clemmons, NC 27012
Phone: (336) 778-0211
Fax: (336) 778-2290

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 5th District

Virginia Foxx (R)159,91757%
Denise Adams (D)120,46843%
TOTAL280,385

2016 US Senator for 5ht District

Virginia Foxx (R)207,62558.4%
Josh Brannon (D)147,88741.6%
TOTAL355,512

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Finances

FOXX, VIRGINIA has run in 10 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,380,861.

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Education and Labor
House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Subcommittees

National Security

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

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Jobs & Economy 

After one of the worst recession’s in our nation’s history and slowest recovery since World War II, the American people are seeing jobs, opportunity, and confidence come roaring back.

After promising a bold agenda called A Better Way, the 115th Congress delivered on historic tax cuts, rolling back stifling regulations, revitalizing Main Street by providing relief to community banks, and strengthening career and technical education.  We are now witnessing the lowest unemployment rate in decades, increases in take-home pay and extraordinarily high consumer confidence.

I have long advocated for a fairer, simpler and lower taxes on American families and job-creators.  That’s why I strongly supported H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  This commonsense, historic piece of legislation helped Americans from all walks of life by creating jobs, bolstering paychecks, slashing tax burdens and repatriating American earnings.

America previously had one of the worst tax codes in the industrialized world for businesses. By reducing tax rates for businesses large and small, our bill leveled the playing field and made America the jobs magnet of the world.  H.R. 1 also threw out special-interest loopholes and consolidated deductions.  Most importantly, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans and eliminated excessive, costly taxes. That means you get to keep more of your hard-earned paycheck.

To learn more about my support for tax reform, please visit https://fairandsimple.gop/.

Furthermore, I helped lead the fight to fix Washington through regulatory relief. The 115th Congress enacted record relief from Obama-era red tape with 15 bills to strike harmful regulations from the books.  This includes my own bill (H.J.Res. 37), signed into law, that revoked a federal contracting rule that undermines basic due process rights.

The House of Representatives also took action to add more accountability for unelected bureaucrats by making any major regulation subject to an up-or-down vote of Congress by passing the Regulations from Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (H.R. 26).

Finally, the House added to an agenda of regulatory certainty by passing my bipartisan bill, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (H.R. 50).  This bill works to increase transparency about the costs of unfunded federal mandates and hold the federal government accountable for considering those costs before passing them on to local governments and the private sector.

While these pro-growth policies and booming economy helps grant Americans with a renewed sense of confidence for the future, Congress needs to continue its work to meet the remaining challenges to America’s workers.

Job openings are at record highs.  In fact, the economy recently crossed an important threshold – there are now more job openings than those who are unemployed. In answer to this challenge, the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which went on to be unanimously passed by the House of Representatives on June 22, 2017. Just over a year later on July 31, 2018, President Trump signed this landmark legislation into law.

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is a true difference-maker for North Carolinians. The law makes crucial updates to our national workforce development by empowering state and local community leaders and improving alignment with in-demand jobs.

Healthcare 

With my Republican colleagues, I remain committed to replacing ObamaCare with patient-centered health care that works for the American people.

That is why I supported the American Health Care Act, a comprehensive replacement of ObamaCare that delivered relief from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates that have hurt job creators, increased premiums, and limited options for patients and health care providers.  The bill returns control of health care from Washington back to the states and restores the free market so Americans can access quality, affordable health care options that are tailored to their needs.

Furthermore, I voted for H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.   This bill provides relief from expensive medical bills by expanding the medical expense deduction.  H.R. 1 also frees patients from ObamaCare’s individual mandate penalty – allowing the flexibility to buy the health care that’s right for them if they choose.

However, my support for affordable health care options is not limited to replacing Obamacare.  I support a wide range of reforms to the health care system.  This includes legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions while bringing down costs and expanding choices for families, end medical malpractice lawsuits that drive up the cost of health care, and restore competition through association health plans for small businesses.

I supported the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018 (S. 292) to support the collection of donated biospecimens to advance both research on and treatments for pediatric cancer.  I strongly supported the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 (S. 204) to improve access to experimental treatments for patients with terminal diseases or conditions.  I also supported the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act (H.R. 3922) to fund important programs like the state Children’s Health Insurance Program, community health centers, and other important public health priorities.

Furthermore, I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Treatment and Recovery (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.  This bipartisan bill serves as a fundamental step in preventing the scourge of opioids from taking more American lives.  The legislation will help in the overall efforts to advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and bolster our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

Legislation pertaining to Health Care sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 6:  Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act
H.R. 1101: The Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017

Energy & Gas Prices 

America possesses a wealth of domestic energy reserves, and yet hardworking Americans continue to struggle with unpredictable energy costs. High energy prices reduce consumer purchasing power, slow economic growth, and increase inflation. That is why I support an “all of the above” energy policy to boost domestic energy production so Americans have an affordable, reliable, and diverse energy supply for years to come.
Technological advances are making previously untapped energy sources accessible and are fueling America’s energy renaissance. However, even low emitting energy sources are subject to robust scrutiny by federal permitting authorities who are under no deadlines to act and can drag out the approval process for new projects.

One example of the lengthy approval process is the W. Kerr Scott Damn Hydropower Project. Due to the project requiring extensive coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, there have been delays in the review process for design plans. That is why I sponsored H.R. 951, which extends the deadline for construction to begin on the project and allows the construction license to be reinstated if it expires.  This pro-renewable energy legislation was signed into law on July 23, 2018.

Congress needs to make sure onerous regulatory burdens don’t stand in the way of accessing or advancing all forms of American energy. We must ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy, safe environment based on science, not top-down regulation. American energy independence can be achieved in a way that respects our environment while strengthening our economy and adding good American jobs.

Legislation pertaining to Energy and Gas Prices sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 951: To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
H.R. 1314: Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act

Budget & Tax Reform 

As American families face financial challenges and work to balance their checkbooks, the federal government should be doing the same.

Much of the economic turmoil gripping our nation is the result of government spending beyond its means.  America needs leaders who abide by principles of sound fiscal management, not those who rush massive, wasteful legislation which excuses waste and exposes taxpayers to fraud and abuse. As a strong fiscal conservative, I will continue to oppose unnecessary federal spending and higher taxes and will support responsible long-term solutions to shrink the national debt and restore fiscal sanity to this country.

That is why I became a cosponsor of H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act.  This bill cut $15 billion in unused funds.  This bill rescinded funding that is not needed for its intended purposes, or that has been sitting unused within agencies for years and return it to the American taxpayer.

Washington owes the American people a responsible, balanced budget that offers a long-term solution for reining in federal spending and reforming mandatory spending to keep programs such as Medicare strong. Republicans in Congress continue to adopt budgets that would balance in 10 years, fostering a healthier economy and helping create jobs.

Runaway programs that spend more than Congress ever anticipated continues to be a problem.  That is why I introduced H.R. 3719, the Spending Safeguard Act.  This commonsense legislation would help reign in new programs that spend far beyond what was originally budgeted, helping protect essential programs like Social Security and Medicare.

I have long advocated for a fairer, simpler and lower taxes on American families and job-creators.  That’s why I strongly supported H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  This commonsense, historic piece of legislation helped Americans from all walks of life by creating jobs, bolstering paychecks, slashing tax burdens and repatriating American earnings.

America previously had one of the worst tax codes in the industrialized world for businesses. By reducing tax rates for businesses large and small, our bill leveled the playing field and made America the jobs magnet of the world.  H.R. 1 also threw out special-interest loopholes and consolidated deductions.  Most importantly, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans and eliminated excessive, costly taxes. That means you get to keep more of your hard-earned paycheck.

To learn more about my support for tax reform, please visit https://fairandsimple.gop/.

Legislation pertaining to the Budget sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 3719: Spending Safeguard Act
H.R. 3: Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act

Education & Workforce Development 

Education: Achieving and maintaining the highest standards in American education is key to our national competitiveness and to the success of individual Americans.

The United States is home to educational opportunities which have no equal throughout the world. Today’s youth must not lose sight of the importance of a good education and should be encouraged to exercise the determination and perseverance required to make the most of the opportunities before them.

As a parent, grandparent and lifelong educator, I understand how important it is for North Carolinians to know that local teachers have the tools they need to help our children reach their potential. Education is not best when micro-managed at the federal level.

In recent years, we have taken a positive step forward in restoring local control of our nation’s public schools by passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This historic legislation rolled back the federal footprint on K–12 education and put important decisions about education back where it should be – with parents, teachers and local leaders. The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law on December 5, 2015.

As the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, I support education proposals which return decision-making power and resource flexibility to the local level while keeping schools accountable for results to taxpayers, parents, and students.
Workforce Development: Presently, there are more than 6 million unfilled jobs in this country in a phenomenon known as the skills gap. These high-demand jobs remain vacant due to a critical shortage of skilled workers.

In answer to this challenge, the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which went on to be unanimously passed by the House of Representatives on June 22, 2017. Just over a year later on July 31, 2018, President Trump signed this landmark legislation into law.

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is a true difference-maker for North Carolinians. The law makes crucial updates to our national workforce development by empowering state and local community leaders and improving alignment with in-demand jobs.

H.R. 2353 will help more Americans gain the skills and knowledge they need to enter the workforce and compete for good-paying, in-demand industry jobs. With strengthened community partnerships and increased access to innovative technical education programs, more North Carolinians will be able to pave the way to career success.

Postsecondary Education: From personal experience, I know that paying for college is hard work. The vast majority of American households are feeling that pressure as tuition and fees increase.

The need for solutions to help ease the challenge of college affordability is especially acute in today’s economy. So many recent graduates took out loans with an expectation that they would be able to find a job to pay off their debt, only now many find themselves struggling with un-or-underemployment.

Across the country, collective student loan debt has soared past one trillion dollars, and the mounting tab shows no signs of slowing. It is clear that postsecondary education is no longer meeting the needs and demands of today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce, and simply reauthorizing the aging Higher Education Act will not address these challenges.

On December 1, 2017, I introduced H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. The PROSPER Act will reform postsecondary education by promoting institutional innovation and student completion, simplifying and improving student aid, providing students and families with detailed information about institutions and programs, and strengthening accountability in postsecondary education.

Americans deserve a postsecondary education system that is affordable and prepares them for the workforce, and I will continue my work on behalf of students and families to reform our nation’s postsecondary education system.

Legislation pertaining to Education sponsored, co-sponsored or supported by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:H.R. 4508:  Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act
H.R. 2353:  Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

Agriculture

North Carolina’s Fifth District has a rich tradition of farming and ranching. From tobacco and poultry to soybeans and grapes, our farmers and ranchers produce some of the best agricultural products in the world. As our farmers and ranchers continue to be good stewards of North Carolina’s land, I am committed to promoting our local agriculture economy and actively engaging in the creation of responsible farm policies that honor taxpayers while protecting the way of life of North Carolina’s farming families.

As a past member of the House Agriculture Committee and member of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee, I have built a record as an agriculture policy reformer and will keep looking for ways to find innovative legislative solutions to ensure North Carolina’s farmers and ranchers are free to compete, adapt and seize opportunities to safely maximize production and meet the needs of America and the world.

Legislation pertaining to Agriculture sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 4265: Sugar Policy Modernization Act of 2017
H.R. 564:  Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2017

National Defense & Veterans 

Providing for the common defense of the United States of America is the federal government’s primary duty. The push by the previous administration to shrink the size of our military forces resulted in a readiness crisis that left troops overworked and ill-prepared to face the vast array of threats to America’s security. After nearly a decade of cuts, my colleagues and I have made rebuilding the military one of our top priorities.

Repairing and rebuilding our military is key to defending our country. Congress is continuing the effort to rebuild our armed forces and ensuring that our brave warfighters have the resources they need to meet current and future threats. I was proud to support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, which will strengthen our military’s readiness, provide our troops with the largest pay raise in eight years, increase the number of uniformed personnel, and ensure that our servicemembers have the equipment and skills necessary to protect our country.

The entire nation owes our military personnel and veterans a huge debt of gratitude, and we must ensure that debt is properly repaid. One of the ways we have sought to repay that debt is through providing affordable health care for military members and their families, both when in uniform and after they have retired. I am a strong supporter of health care for our veterans and recognize the importance of providing full access to all benefits our veterans have earned, through an easily accessible and affordable system.

Millions of Americans joined the service with the understanding that health care would be available to them when they retired. Reports of veterans waiting for months for treatment through a VA medical facility are unacceptable. That is why I supported the Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks, or VA MISSION Act. Signed into law on June 6, 2018, the VA MISSION Act streamlines the department’s duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program, expands the VA’s Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to all eras, and includes funding for the Choice Program that is expected to last until the streamlined community care program is implemented.

H.R. 1499, the Hero’s Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act is a bill that I spear-headed to correct a flaw in the tax code that prevented servicemen from placing income from combat pay into a tax-free retirement account. I am extremely proud that on May 23, 2005, H.R. 1499 became the first piece of substantive policy legislation to pass the House sponsored by a first term Member of that Congress.

Our soldiers and veterans are some of our finest citizens, we will never forget those who have sacrificed to protect, uphold, and defend America and her interests.

Immigration 

As the granddaughter of Italian immigrants, I am thankful America has always opened her arms to people looking to build a better way for themselves and their families. But today America’s immigration system is broken. It’s not working for families; it’s not working for employers; it’s not working for taxpayers.  We must work to reform our immigration system with humane and common-sense policies.

Our first principles on immigration reform should be to secure the borders, uphold American laws, and protect our national security.  This is why I support enforcing our current immigration laws.

The incentive for illegal immigration into the United States must also be removed.  Workplace enforcement is a critical component to immigration reform. Those who knowingly hire illegal workers are complicit in the broken state of immigration in this country. America currently operates with an optional E-Verify system that allows employers to confirm whether prospective employees are, in fact, legal to hire. Congress should explore making E-Verify mandatory and consider consequences for employer violations that amount to more than a slap on the wrist.

Furthermore, immigration reform must also correct glaring problems with the current visa system. It is estimated that as many as 40 percent of illegal residents in this country have overstayed once-legal visas. The existing visa bureaucracy has to be overhauled in favor of a responsive system that tracks individuals upon entry and ensures timely exits. We should also give priority to those with sought-after skills.

In June, I voted in favor of H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act, although it failed to pass.  I supported H.R. 4760 because it would have reformed America’s immigration system by ending chain migration, providing funding for a southern border wall, enforcing biometric entry-exit tracking, halting funding to sanctuary cities, and providing a legal, renewable status for those who have received DACA status.  Additionally, the legislation clarified the “Flores decree,” allowing children and their parents to remain together while in the custody of DHS.

America is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Deference to the rule of law is a defining feature of our great country and part of what makes us a beacon of hope for those escaping corruption and poverty in their home countries.

If you would like some general immigration statistics, they can be found here.

Legislation pertaining to immigration sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:

H.R.140: Birthright Citizenship Act
H.R. 997: English Language Unity Act
H.R. 4760: Securing America’s Future Act

2nd Amendment Rights 

Since well before our country’s founding, Americans have exercised the right to keep and bear arms, a right formally protected by the ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. As a lifelong defender of Second Amendment freedoms, I am committed to ensuring that any new proposals considered in Washington do not infringe upon the constitutionally-guaranteed rights of law-abiding citizens. In the wake of devastating tragedies, well-meaning people feel compelled to “do something” and the government, likewise, to intercede. But good intentions don’t often make good or constitutional laws, and they certainly are no match for those set on being lawless. The right to keep and bear arms is not one for hunters and sportsmen alone. For centuries, it has been a right for every American citizen to arm themselves to defend their property and the people they hold dear. And it is a right that cannot be infringed.

Legislation pertaining to the 2nd Amendment sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 367: Hearing Protection Act of 2017
H.J. Res. 40: A resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.

Social Security & Medicare 

Medicare and Social Security are vitally important to millions of retired Americans who paid into the programs during their working years. They are important to today’s taxpayers, too, who are covering Medicare and Social Security’s current bills. Every American has a vested interest in the financial health and long-term viability of both programs.

The Social Security system provides income critical to the livelihood of America’s seniors. However, in many ways, the system is outdated and unfair. Constituents often express their frustration with their Social Security benefits and the difficulty of maneuvering through the massive bureaucracy for answers when issues arise.

Much has changed since Social Security was created over 70 years ago and it is my duty to ensure that promises made are promises kept. Instead of simply continuing with temporary patches to stave off short-term problems or increasing taxes to address the imminent funding shortfalls, now is the time for Congress to make the decisions necessary to secure the future of Social Security for the retirees of today and tomorrow. That’s why I support comprehensive Social Security reform which guarantees people the money they paid into the system instead of continuing to allow the government to squander the money on unrelated priorities. Retirees of today and tomorrow deserve to know that their benefits are secure rather than being subject to the political whims of Washington.

With regard to Medicare, many seniors are already facing the pain of a broken system and are being denied the care and personal choice they deserve. The American Medical Association reports that 1 in 3 primary doctors is limiting Medicare patients, and more than 1 in 8 is forced to deny Medicare patients altogether.

When Medicare was created in 1965, baby boomers were teenagers. Today, more than 10,000 are retiring every day and there are nowhere near enough workers paying into Medicare to support them. And, though today’s beneficiaries contributed $109,000 to Medicare over the course of their employment, the cost of their care and participation in the program is $343,000.

If we do nothing to fix the fact that Medicare spends three times as much money as it takes in, we will lose Medicare. That is the simple truth.

“Power to the Patients” is the GOP Medicare mantra. Our reforms will ensure the current Medicare program continues for all today’s seniors. For future beneficiaries, Medicare will be patterned after the highly successful Medicare Advantage program. Future seniors will have the option to choose between traditional Medicare and a wide variety of competitive health plans (the same ones available to members of Congress). This is the only credible proposal on the table that would preserve Medicare, get its finances in order, and ensure its viability for years to come.

If we reform in a responsible way now, we can save Medicare and Social Security in ways that don’t erode care and benefits for current seniors or pass the burden of government’s unfunded promises onto America’s job creators today and our children and grandchildren tomorrow.

Transportation & Infrastructure 

Transportation and infrastructure are key components of economic development and tourism efforts in North Carolina and in the 5th District. During my time in Congress, I have worked to bring accountability to the Highway Trust Fund by introducing legislation repealing Davis-Bacon wage requirements. Removing Davis-Bacon wage requirements from federally-funded highway construction projects would free up funds from inflated wages and regulatory compliance to create more market-priced construction jobs and more affordable, timely-completed projects.

This Congress, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 2584, the National Park Service Legacy Act. The National Park Service (NPS) is currently faced with a growing backlog of maintenance projects to repair aging infrastructure. Deferred maintenance needs impact nearly every national park across the country, including the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to the NPS, North Carolina ranks seventh nationally with an estimated $431 million in deferred park maintenance, with the Blue Ridge Parkway accounting for more than 60% of the state total. This deferred maintenance negatively impacts the economic benefits of visitors to the Parkway for neighboring communities. H.R. 2584 would address this issue by providing dedicated annual federal funding to address national park deferred maintenance needs. The bill would ensure that parks continue to preserve our nation’s heritage and recreation opportunities and that local communities who depend on park visitors for revenue will continue to flourish.
Legislation pertaining to the transportation and infrastructure sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:

H.R. 2584: National Park Service Legacy Act

Values 

Protecting and encouraging a strong family is of vital importance to our nation’s progress and prosperity. We should continue to promote policies in Washington that allow families to flourish and that protect life at all stages.

I am grieved by the number of innocent lives lost to abortion each year and continue to strive to be a nation that respects life from conception to natural death.  Few things demean the sanctity of human life more than elective abortion. Throughout the 115th Congress, the House has passed multiple pro-life bills and supported the Trump Administration’s efforts to ensure taxpayer funds are not used for abortions.

I voted in favor of H.J. Res. 43, a resolution of disapproval that blocks an Obama administration regulation forcing states to include abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, as recipients of Title X grant distributions.  This legislation also passed the Senate on March 30 and was signed into law by the president on April 13.  You can view remarks I gave on the House floor in support of this legislation at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1j5mq5yAuY&feature=youtu.beAdditionally, I cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, when it passed the House October 3.  This legislation would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks based on medical evidence that unborn children feel pain at this point of development.

I introduced legislation on April 6, 2017 to prevent tax-favored health savings accounts from being used to fund elective abortion.  You can view an op-ed I wrote about this legislation here: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/328661-health-savings-accounts-should-not-fund-elective-abortion.

The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a proposal to prohibit Title X family planning program funds from going to organizations which perform abortions unless the abortion services are separated physically and financially from the rest of the organization. This rule, the Protect Life Rule, will draw a bright line between family planning and abortion, in accordance with the intent of Congress and if enacted, would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions in any way.  I joined over 140 of my House colleagues in a letter to Secretary Azar strongly supporting the proposed rule.  Additionally, I was proud to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives in support. You can view my comments at the URL below.

I am committed also to fighting the travesty of human trafficking.  Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, pervasive yet often unnoticed, occurring “underground” every day amid ordinary functions in the public square.  Estimates by the International Labor Organization indicate that, globally, 20.9 million people are trafficked, around 4.5 million of whom are victims of forced sexual exploitation.  Over half are subjected to forced labor, 26% are children and 55% are women and girls.  Strikingly, these abuses constitute a $150 billion worldwide industry.  In North Carolina alone there were 157 instances of human trafficking reported in 2016.

I am proud of the work we have done in the 115th Congress to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  This Congress, the House passed more than thirteen bills dedicated to ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  The bills have included changes to ensure that prosecutors have the essential skills and knowledge to properly investigate and process cases where the victim has experienced severe trauma, encourage states to implement services and programs to help these victims, close loopholes that allowed people who used phones to record the sexual assault of a child to escape federal conviction, and made it easier to prosecute those who record or transmit it.

Additionally, the House passed a bill authorizing the State Department and federal law enforcement to target international human traffickers by offering rewards for their arrest or conviction around the globe.  I will continue to fight human trafficking both in the United States and around the world to ensure that we end this global epidemic.

Our nation was built on Judeo-Christian values and we must not turn our backs on these principles. While the First Amendment to the Constitution explicitly states that Congress shall make no law establishing a state religion, it also prohibits Congress from prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The First Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom to think, speak, and believe as they choose. To force Americans to check their religious beliefs at the door when engaging in any sort of public debate is wrong. I will fight to maintain our rights and to honor and carry on our religious heritage.

Again in the 115th Congress, I am proud to serve as a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, Congressional Prayer Caucus and Values Action Team.

Legislation Pertaining to Values sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act
H.R. 36: Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
H.R. 354: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017
H.R. 644: Conscience Protection Act of 2017
H.R. 692: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
H.R. 853: Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act of 2017
H.R. 1192: Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act of 2017
H.R. 1625: The TARGET Act
H.R. 1761: Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act
H.R. 2019: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain abortions from the definition of qualified medical expenses for purposes of distributions from health savings accounts.
H.R. 2473: Put Trafficking Victims First Act
H.R. 4131: No Abortion Bonds Act
H.R. 4660: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2017
H.R. 4712: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Government Oversight 

Oversight of the Executive Branch and its federal agencies is one of Congress’s primary responsibilities – whether the issue is the election security, abuses in Executive Branch spending, or modernizing the federal government.
Accountability, transparency and appropriate public scrutiny are necessary for government to function well, within its constitutional bounds.

I currently serve on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. You can stay informed about Congress’ oversight work by visiting the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s website: www.oversight.house.gov

Furthermore, I’ve long sponsored legislation to increase government accountability and transparency.  I introduced the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (H.R. 50) to hold the federal government accountable for saddling burdensome mandates on our nation’s local and state governments.

Furthermore, I introduced the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2018, or GREAT Act.  This bill would help modernize transform federal grant reporting from disconnected documents into useable, searchable data.  In doing so, the federal government spends over $600 billion in federal grants every year.  By ensuring that the latest technology is utilized in our grantmaking systems, we can better track and manage these federal dollars and gain instant insights into the productivity of this spending.

Legislation pertaining to Government Oversight and Accountability sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 50: The Unfunded Mandates Information & Transparency Act
H.R. 4887: The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2018

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Mark WalkerMark Walker

Current Position: US Representative for District 6 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican

With a passion to make a difference and a heart for all communities, Walker was sworn-in January 2015 and immediately became an acclaimed leader on Capitol Hill, fighting to prevent the return of earmarks, cut wasteful spending and bring accountability to government bureaucracy. He became a champion for school choice and opportunities for children, working to remove Washington from our classrooms, and has ushered policies that improve veterans’ care and services, closing hundreds of cases throughout North Carolina.

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Current Position: US Representative for District 6 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican

With a passion to make a difference and a heart for all communities, Walker was sworn-in January 2015 and immediately became an acclaimed leader on Capitol Hill, fighting to prevent the return of earmarks, cut wasteful spending and bring accountability to government bureaucracy. He became a champion for school choice and opportunities for children, working to remove Washington from our classrooms, and has ushered policies that improve veterans’ care and services, closing hundreds of cases throughout North Carolina.

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After sixteen years of serving as a pastor, Mark Walker followed a new calling and launched an improbable campaign for Congress. With no political pedigree or capital, he built a grassroots campaign that centered on a simple idea: PEOPLE OVER POLITICS. Like many voters, Walker had grown frustrated with Washington’s failed promises and their business as usual approach.

By God’s grace, Walker was successful. Throughout a primary, a run-off and general election in 2014, Walker was tested, attacked and outspent; however, he refused to engage in mudslinging politics and chose to lead a positive campaign, focusing on hope, opportunity and solutions.

With a passion to make a difference and a heart for all communities, Walker was sworn-in January 2015 and immediately became an acclaimed leader on Capitol Hill, fighting to prevent the return of earmarks, cut wasteful spending and bring accountability to government bureaucracy. He became a champion for school choice and opportunities for children, working to remove Washington from our classrooms, and has ushered policies that improve veterans’ care and services, closing hundreds of cases throughout North Carolina.

He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, the Chairman of the Prayer Caucus and formerly the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee – the largest conservative caucus in the House, a leadership position also formerly held by Walker’s friends Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Vice President Mike Pence.

He is recognized as a bridge-builder and a thought leader under the banner of “effective conservatism.” Walker has earned the high praise of the President and Vice President, working with the administration to pass tax reform; anti-human trafficking bills, criminal justice reform and measures to build back our military.

Before 2014, Walker served in various pastoral roles including executive and senior pastor positions. For six seasons, he produced and directed the annual Greensboro Christmas Spectacular. Walker has also served as a guest lecturer on mentorship and administration at Liberty University. Along with international work, Walker served in our nation’s larger inner cities hosting music and sports camps for underprivileged communities.

Originally from Florida where his father pastored for many years, Walker moved to North Carolina in 1991, working in finance management for the Flow Automotive organization and graduating from Piedmont International University. Walker’s wife, Kelly, is a family nurse practitioner and flight trauma specialist with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she helped launch the S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program at Wake. Kelly holds her undergraduate and masters from Winston-Salem State University. Mark and Kelly have three children and are celebrating twenty-six years of marriage.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Baptist Minister
  • Finance Management
    Flow Automotive organization

Education

  • B.A.
    Piedmont International University
    1999

Personal

Birth Year: 1969
Place of Birth: Dothan, AL

Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Kelly Sears
Children: Anna Claire Walker, Ryan Walker, Rachel Walker

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1725 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3065
Fax: (202) 225-8611

Asheboro Office
222 Sunset Avenue
Suite 101
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone: 336-626-3060
Fax: 336-629-7819

Graham Office
219 B West Elm Street
Post Office Box 812
Graham, NC 27253
Phone: (336) 229-0159
Fax: (336) 350-9514

Greensboro Office
809 Green Valley Road
Suite 104
Greensboro, NC 27408
Phone: (336) 333-5005
Fax: (336) 617-3800

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 6th District

Mark Walker (R)160,70956.5%
Ryan Watts (D)123,65143.5%
TOTAL284,360

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

WALKER, BRADLEY MARK has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,539,361.

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Homeland Security
House Committee on Education and Labor
House Committee on House Administration

Subcommittees

Intelligence and Counterterrorism
Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
Higher Education and Workforce Investment
Workforce Protections

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Accountability

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David RouzerDavid Rouzer

Current Position: US Representative for District 7 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for District 7

In his work on Capitol Hill, David was a senior staffer for former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole where he helped write numerous federal statutes and developed a distinct reputation among members and their respective staffs for his advice and work.

As a member of the North Carolina Senate, David consistently ranked as one of the most effective pro-business legislators during his two terms (2009 – 2012) representing Johnston and Wayne County. During his tenure, he was co-chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, co-chairman of the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee, and chairman of the Senate Environmental Review Commission.

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Current Position: US Representative for District 7 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for District 7

In his work on Capitol Hill, David was a senior staffer for former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole where he helped write numerous federal statutes and developed a distinct reputation among members and their respective staffs for his advice and work.

As a member of the North Carolina Senate, David consistently ranked as one of the most effective pro-business legislators during his two terms (2009 – 2012) representing Johnston and Wayne County. During his tenure, he was co-chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, co-chairman of the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee, and chairman of the Senate Environmental Review Commission.

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David Rouzer developed his work ethic working the summers on his family’s farm just outside of Four Oaks, North Carolina; his moral values growing up in a Christian home and attending Sunday school and church; and his legislative acumen under former U.S. Senators Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole.

David currently serves in the United States Congress representing North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. His most recent work was primarily focused on helping small businesses with marketing and sales through his consulting business, The Rouzer Company. He also formed R&C Distributors, LLC, as a side business and umbrella for fleet-related products.

Prior to those endeavors, David had been involved in public policy development and implementation, public relations, and legislative strategy for more than a decade through his work in the Legislative and Executive branches of the Federal government, as well as in his work for NC State University where he served as assistant to the dean for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. As a senior level appointee of the President at USDA Rural Development, David helped manage the administration of a program level budget of more than $1.2 billion along with a loan portfolio of $5 billion in investments in rural America.

In his work on Capitol Hill, David was a senior staffer for former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole where he helped write numerous federal statutes and developed a distinct reputation among members and their respective staffs for his advice and work.

As a member of the North Carolina Senate, David consistently ranked as one of the most effective pro-business legislators during his two terms (2009 – 2012) representing Johnston and Wayne County. During his tenure, he was co-chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, co-chairman of the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee, and chairman of the Senate Environmental Review Commission.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Staff
    United States Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina
    1996 to 2000
  • Staff
    United States Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina
    2003 to 2005
  • Associate Administrator and Rural Administrator
    United States Department of Agriculture
    2005 to 2006
  • Member/ Representative
    North Carolina State Senate
    2009 to 2012

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1972
Place of Birth: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Baptist

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2439 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2731
Fax: (202) 225-5773

Brunswick County Office
310 Government Center Drive
Unit 1
Bolivia, NC 28422
Phone: (910) 253-6111
Fax: (910) 253-6114

Johnston County Office
4001 US Hwy. 301 S.
Suite 106
Four Oaks, NC 27524
Phone: (919) 938-3040
Fax: (919) 938-3540

New Hanover County Office
201 N. Front Street
Suite 502
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: (910) 395-0202
Fax: (910) 395-0209

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 7th District

David Rouzer (R)156,80955.5%
Kyle Horton (D)120,83842.8%
David Fallin ()4,6651.7%
TOTAL282,312

2016 US Senator for 7th District

David Rouzer (R)211,80160.9%
J. Wesley Casteen (D)135,90539.1%
TOTAL347,706

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

ROUZER, DAVID CHESTON has run in 8 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,341,096.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Subcommittees

Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
Aviation, Highways and Transit, Water Resources and Environment

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

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Coastal Communities 

Our coastal communities are vital to our state’s economy and a treasure for all North Carolinians.

In Congress, I will be a tireless advocate for those issues critical to our coastal communities.  I will work to find long term funding solutions for the dredging of our waterways and inlets as well as beach nourishment and re-nourishment.

I will also work with my colleagues in the House to protect the federal floodwater insurance program, which is vital to our coastal communities. It would be irresponsible for the federal government to ignore any rapid increase in flood insurance rates, which would bring real estate sales to a complete halt and cripple our coastal economy – not to mention causing many home-owners to lose their life savings.

Foreign Policy & Military 

President Ronald Reagan had it right — Peace through Strength.

We must maintain a cutting edge military and bolster our intelligence agencies if America is going to remain the dominant force for freedom in this world. We should continue to invest in research and development, so that our soldiers have the technology they need to protect themselves and defend our country.

I believe in military intervention only when we have a threat to the national interest of the United States.  I believe we should do everything in our power to defend and protect U.S. sovereignty and uphold the U.S. Constitution.  Under no circumstances should we cede or grant any power to any international body that usurps our national sovereignty — no matter how noble the cause may seem.

I support a strong alliance with Israel.  Just as any sovereign country, Israel has every right to defend its citizens from attack and the United States should unequivocally support them.

Economy & Jobs 

My entire career has been focused on championing the needs of small businesses, entrepreneurs and our farm families. In the State Senate, I chaired the committees responsible for cutting wasteful spending and removing burdensome regulations from our business owners and farm families while leading the fight against implementation of Obamacare and its mandates during Senate floor debate.

Our small businesses, entrepreneurs, and farmers are the economic engine of this state and nation.  Right now they are dying a death by a thousand cuts because the government continues to pile regulation upon regulation and tax after tax on their backs to the point that there is little incentive left to be in business.  As a result, our economy remains stagnate and the American Dream is slipping away from many.

We must create a business climate that is friendly to capital investment and job creation.  We achieve that by getting rid of onerous rules and regulations that are making it difficult for our job creators to get access to credit and cost them unnecessary time and money.  This includes the repeal of Obamacare.

We also need to reform our tax code so that it enables those who work hard and do well to keep more of their money, enabling them to reinvest in and grow their business.  Profitable, growing businesses is the only way to produce a growing job market.

Finally, it is past time for America to become serious about energy independence. I support an all-of-the-above energy policy that will enable us to safely tap our energy potential and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.  In fact, it should be our goal to be the number one exporter of oil and natural gas.  We have the natural resources available to us to reach that goal if we will get serious about it.

National Debt & Budget 

It is not what you make that gets you in trouble, it is what you spend.

I am a firm believer that less government is best. When you boil it all down, the government is a major part of the reason why we have an energy crisis, a struggling education system, and so many regulations in health care that competition and transparency are significantly impeded.  Costs continue to spiral out of control and insurance is unaffordable for many.

Families across North Carolina and America are required to live within their means, and the Federal government should be forced to do the same. I will support a balanced budget amendment that requires Washington adhere to these same principles.

While in the state legislature, I helped cut spending, eliminated unnecessary and costly rules and regulations, and stood up to the tax and spend agenda of big-government bureaucracies – including cutting the jobs of unnecessary bureaucrats.  I will do the same in Washington.

In Washington, we must do the same – cut spending and get the government out of the way so that our farmers, entrepreneurs and small businessmen can grow, prosper, and create jobs.  A smaller government that spends less, and a vibrant, growing economy are critical to our ability to start paying down our National debt.

Taxes

We cannot tax our way back to prosperity. I fought for lower taxes in Raleigh and I will fight for lower taxes in Washington.

In the State Senate I helped craft two balanced budgets without raising taxes on hard-working North Carolinians. I also proposed legislation to completely eliminate the state’s burdensome gas tax that strains family budgets and small businesses. And I led the fight against Obamacare – the $500 billion tax increase on American families.

We need to lower all taxes so people can keep more of their money in order to help re-invigorate the economy and generate more revenues for the state. Lower taxes encourage innovation and reward the hard work necessary to create economic growth and new innovations that benefit all of society.

Life & Marriage 

Marriage
I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.  This is the cornerstone to a productive and moral society.  I was a co-sponsor of the Marriage Amendment to the NC Constitution and campaigned for its adoption by the people. I will vigorously fight any attempt by the courts to void the vote of the people of North Carolina or any legislative effort to repeal it.

Life
I am pro-life and will do everything in my power in Congress to fight for the rights of the unborn in our country.

2nd Amendment 

I am a proud member of the NRA, and a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights.  The Second Amendment is about much more than the right to hunt, as some seem to suggest.  It is about protecting ourselves from enemies foreign and domestic.

Veterans

Our veterans have laid it all on the line for our country — for our freedoms.

Too often our veterans find only difficulty in dealing with the bureaucratic maze of the Veterans Administration and receive very little support for ongoing physical and mental recovery from the physical and emotional battles they have faced. Without question, we must step up to the plate and make sure that all of our veterans and their families have access to the very best health care available — both to address the immediate physical needs and their long-term physical and mental health.

We must reform the Veterans Administration so that it is customer friendly and appropriate the funding necessary to ensure quality long-term care. No veteran who has served this country honorably should ever lack quality care for their physical and mental health needs.

We must also help them be successful when they come home. By investing in career training programs and incentivizing businesses to hire veterans, we can help our heroes transition from active duty to other careers.

Budgets reflect priorities.  The first budget passed by Congress appropriated more than 25% of the budget for pensions for disabled veterans. We should follow our Founders’ example.

Immigration & Border Security 

I do not support amnesty.  No one who has come to this country illegally should be allowed to obtain taxpayer benefits.
We have an illegal immigration problem because our legal immigration system is seriously flawed, overly bureaucratic and many of our immigration laws have not been enforced.

First, we must secure our borders using every technological tool available and all the manpower necessary, including use of our military forces.  This is critical from a national security perspective – particularly in light of the new threats we face from terrorists organizations.

Second, we should replace the current federal laws that allow citizenship via family ties with a work or military service requirement.

Third, we must establish easy-to-use guest worker and high skilled visa programs so that our farmers can get the labor that they need at a reasonable cost (and without the threat of being sued by US Legal Services) and our businesses can get the advanced skilled labor they need for product development.  The current programs are so bureaucratic and costly they contribute significantly to our illegal immigration problem.

We cannot grow the economy and create a stronger, more vibrant middle class without the high skilled labor necessary for product development, which is so important to creating wealth, and the low skilled labor needed to keep our food supply from rotting in the field.

Fourth, we should reform our welfare programs so that only the invalid can obtain benefits.   Everyone who is able-bodied must work.  Our welfare programs and entitlement culture are the primary reasons why employers have such a hard time finding people who are qualified and want to work.

Education

I believe that control of education needs to be in the hands of parents, teachers and principals at the local level. The federal government should get out of the way and let the states do what is best for their local school officials so that every child receives a quality education.

I believe we should return to the fundamentals of learning with a focus on critical thinking rather than the reciting of facts and figures that are forgotten soon after the test. If a student has learned how to think through issues and problems thoroughly, couple that with personal initiative and they will be able to achieve anything.

We also need to make sure that our teachers are taken care of and have the tools to be successful.  My mother taught in public schools for 40 years and I learned through her, and friends in the teaching profession, the many significant challenges our teachers face today. Teachers should be allowed to focus on educating our students, not bogged down with paperwork and testing.  We need to encourage our best and brightest to enter the teaching profession and reward them for their success.

Healthcare

There is no question that our health care system needs to be reformed.

Even before Obamacare, we had too much government intervention and control — the very reason why health care costs continue to increase at exponential rates. This is one of the primary threats to long-term economic growth in this country.

Obamacare must be repealed, and our healthcare system significantly reformed in order to bring down the cost of individual health care. We must enact free market reforms in order to increase competition among health insurance companies, attract more of the very best and brightest to the health care profession, and increase transparency if we expect to reduce the cost of health care.  We must also have medical malpractice reform so that doctors aren’t practicing defense medicine by adding unnecessary tests that drive up costs as they guard themselves against potential lawsuit.

Increased health care costs not only hurt working families, but also are putting a major pinch on all taxpayers in the form of increasing costs of Medicare and Medicaid. The less costly health care is, the less costly Medicare and Medicaid will become. Medicare and Medicaid are important programs that we must preserve and to do that, we must address the systematic problems facing both programs. Otherwise, the cost of these two government-run programs will be unsustainable and will require a significant increase in taxes to pay for even fewer benefits than recipients of these programs currently receive today.

 

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Richard HudsonRichard Hudson

Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Richard is committed to working across the aisle to find solutions to create jobs, cut spending and keep our homeland secure, and he has demonstrated that can be done without compromising core principles.

Richard is the most effective legislator from North Carolina according to the Center for Effective Lawmaking, he was named the 12th most conservative Member of the House in the 113th Congress by National Journal, and he has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his unwavering defense of our 2nd Amendment rights.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

In Congress, Richard is committed to working across the aisle to find solutions to create jobs, cut spending and keep our homeland secure, and he has demonstrated that can be done without compromising core principles.

Richard is the most effective legislator from North Carolina according to the Center for Effective Lawmaking, he was named the 12th most conservative Member of the House in the 113th Congress by National Journal, and he has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his unwavering defense of our 2nd Amendment rights.

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Richard Hudson is serving his fourth term in the United States Congress representing North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. Richard graduated from Myers Park High School in Charlotte and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while serving as Student Body President.

In Congress, Richard is committed to working across the aisle to find solutions to create jobs, cut spending and keep our homeland secure, and he has demonstrated that can be done without compromising core principles.

Richard is the most effective legislator from North Carolina according to the Center for Effective Lawmaking, he was named the 12th most conservative Member of the House in the 113th Congress by National Journal, and he has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his unwavering defense of our 2nd Amendment rights.

Additionally, Richard has consistently been awarded the “True Blue” award from the Family Research Council Action for his leadership and commitment to the defense of family, faith and freedom and a 100% rating from National Right to Life. As a Christian and a father, Richard firmly believes that family is the foundation of American life, and the defense of these values is imperative for the future of our nation.

Richard serves on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, a position he uses to make health care more affordable and accessible, to improve health care for our veterans and address the tragedy of veteran suicide, and to go after all sources of American energy to lower costs for everyone and create jobs in North Carolina.

An outspoken supporter of our nation’s military and veterans, Richard is committed to caring for our veterans and has introduced bipartisan legislation to improve veterans’ access to health care and break up the bureaucracy at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Richard has also received national recognition for his work to reunite military working dogs with their handlers. Due to his work on veterans issues, Richard is known as “a voice for veterans” in Congress.

Richard has the privilege of representing Fort Bragg – the largest U.S. Army installation in the world known as “the epicenter of the universe.” As the voice for this critical installation in Congress, Richard is committed to ensuring our service members are prepared for the battlefield and their families are cared for at home. In the 115th Congress, he introduced legislation to ensure special operators who are serving in combat receive the tax relief they deserve no matter where they see combat, and his legislation to increase funding for our Special Forces and to ensure soldier pay adequately relects modern warfare demands was signed into law.

As Chairman of the bipartisan Agriculture and Rural America Task Force, Richard focuses on reforms that rein in government overreach and empower North Carolina’s growers, producers and agribusiness leaders to thrive.

Richard has made a name for himself as a leader who can work across the aisle to affect needed change in Washington. Despite an unprecedented level of partisan gridlock, he has had several bipartisan bills signed into law, demonstrating that hard work and bipartisan outreach can lead to results. In fact, a local paper applauded the bipartisan law Rep. Hudson wrote with a Democrat Congressman from Wilson, North Carolina, saying “…there are thoughtful, hardworking lawmakers on both sides of the aisle working mightily to fix what’s broken.”

Richard previously served as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security where he championed a major acquisition reform bill to save taxpayer dollars and keep the American people safe.

Richard is an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He is a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the reigning congressional sporting clays, trap and skeet champion. His past volunteer leadership service includes membership on the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, Board of Governors of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association, Board of Managers of the West Cabarrus YMCA and Board of Directors of the Cabarrus Jaycees.

He and his wife Renee and their son Lane live in Concord and attend Crossroads Church.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Chief of Staff
    Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.
    2005 to 2006
  • Chief of Staff
    Rep. John Carter, R-Texas
    2006 to 2008
  • Chief of Staff
    Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas), R-Texas
    2008 to 2011
  • President
    Cabarrus Marketing Group
    2011 to present

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1971
Place of Birth: Franklin, VA
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian
Spouse: Renee Hudson

Contact

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Offices

Washington D.C.
2112 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3715
Fax: (202) 225-4036

Concord Office
325 McGill Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Concord, NC 28027
Phone: (704) 786-1612
Fax: (704) 782-1004

Fayetteville Office
225 Green Street, Suite 202
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: (910) 997-2070
Fax: (910) 817-7202

Pinehurst Office
Sandhills Community College
Logan Building, Room 221
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Phone: (910) 246-5374

Albemarle Office
Stanly County Commissioner’s Office, Suite 9
1000 N. First Street
Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: (704) 786-1612

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Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 8th District

Richard Hudson (R)141,40255.3%
Frank McNeill (D)114,11943.7%
TOTAL255,521

Finances

HUDSON JR, RICHARD LANE has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $9,106,529.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Consumer Protection and Commerce
Energy
Health

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

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Agriculture 

Agriculture remains a top industry in our state, and we must make sure that we advance initiatives that strike the right balance between ensuring fiscal responsibility, providing certainty to our farmers and maintaining the strength of our agribusinesses. As former Chairman of the Agriculture Policy Group under the Republican Policy Committee and Co-Chairman and founder of the bipartisan Agriculture and Rural America Task Force, I am working daily to effectively and efficiently streamline our federal government to empower our farmers and entrepreneurs and get our economy back on track.

Providing Certainty for Our Farmers
Through the years, the tools our farmers use to harvest their crops have drastically transformed and expanded to accommodate America’s growing demand for food, forest products and livestock. As the ways we harvest our lands and provide for our nutrition needs have changed, so should the policies that govern them. We owe it to our farmers to equip them with the tools and certainty they need to produce an affordable and stable food supply.

This is why I supported the 2018 Farm Bill. This bipartisan, bicameral bill saves taxpayers’ money, reduces spending, improves farm policy, and replaces wasteful government programs with common-sense reforms. While I had hoped the Conference Committee would maintain all reforms and savings found in the House-passed bill, specifically regarding the reforms to food stamps, the status quo is simply unacceptable.

This important legislation is a comprehensive response that gives aid to our farmers and rural communities who have been hit hard by natural disasters and retaliatory tariffs.

Highlights:
Commodity Programs: The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized and strengthened crop commodity programs such as the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. These important programs provide our farmers the certainty they need when securing operating loans and the security in times of low prices and poor harvests.  Our growers need an appropriate safety net to ensure that American agriculture will remain the most abundant and safest food supply in the world.
Rural Broadband: As I speak with farmers and rural constituents in the 8th District, one of the biggest concerns discussed is access to rural broadband. The 2018 Farm Bill made substantial improvements giving UDSA the authority to make grants to bring broadband access and higher speeds to rural America.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Policy
While the food stamp program serves a noble purpose to provide support for many Americans who have hit bottom, it is not meant to keep them there.

We need to equip these citizens with the tools they need to participate in our workforce and become self-sufficient, and this bill took significant steps to do just that. I will continue to support responsible reforms to eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse in these programs while ensuring those who truly need help can get it.
There are several programs important to North Carolina’s farmers and producers that we must still address leading up to the next Farm Bill. I look forward to working on these issues with my colleagues and continuing my work on behalf of our growers, producers and agriculture community.

To learn more about the 2018 Farm Conference Report, click here.

Repealing the Unfair Death Tax
The biggest concern amongst our farmers is how to keep future generations on the farm and how to pass down the benefits of years of labor to their children and grandchildren. The “death tax” (also known as the estate tax) is bad Washington policy that crushes the profitability of farming and drives farmers out of the industry. The death tax is a tax imposed on the transfer of the taxable estate of a deceased person.

You will be pleased to know changes to the death tax were included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. This legislation doubled the exemption for taxes on the transfer of the estate of a diseased person starting in 2017 and repeals the tax all together starting in 2025.

Previously, I have introduced legislation to prevent family farms from paying this immoral estate tax. My bill, the Farmers Against Crippling Taxes Act (H.R. 30), would permanently repeal the federal estate tax and end the double taxation that threatens the existence of family farms, small businesses and jobs.

In addition, I have voted to repeal the death tax and have been awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award by the 60 Plus Association, a national non-partisan senior citizen’s organization, for my work to eliminate the death tax.

Reducing Bureaucratic Regulations
The Trump Administration has made it a priority to reduce unnecessary and burdensome regulations across the federal government.

Back in February of 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs and enforcing the regulatory reform agenda. This executive order has given agencies the direction to save taxpayer dollars and alleviate Americans from burdensome Obama era regulations.

Every day, new businesses struggle as they are forced to comply with rules that even go so far as to tell them what type of light bulbs to use or whether their own children can work on the family farm. We must do everything we can to reduce the burdensome regulations..

As your Congressman with oversight over our federal agencies, I have sought out several policies that I believe are negatively affecting our farmers and rural Americans. I’ve voted to reduce funding for the EPA and decrease its staff to the lowest levels since 1989. I also voted to block many harmful regulations, including the EPA’s outrageous “Waters of the United States” rule to regulate irrigation ditches and ponds on our farms through redefining navigable waters under the Clean Water Act. This misguided power grab would give limitless federal control over nearly all state and local waters and have devastating economic consequences for farmers, property owners and communities in North Carolina. I will continue to do all that I can to protect our agriculture community from bureaucratic overreach.

Protecting the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP)
In November of 2013, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues in a letter urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell to take necessary steps to ensure that the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) is not subject to FY2014 sequestration cuts.

Tobacco is an integral part of North Carolina’s agriculture and economy, and its growers are some of the hardest working producers in our state. TTPP helped move this important crop into the free market and provided certainty to stakeholders when they needed it most. Moreover, this program is entirely funded by fees assessed on tobacco product manufacturers and importers, and therefore should not be subject to sequestration to make up for fiscal mismanagement elsewhere.

I am pleased that we were successful in convincing USDA and OMB to protect this user-funded program from sequestration cuts.  (Tobacco Farmer payments not subjected to sequestration, Raleigh News & Observer)

Defense & National Security 

The most important role of the federal government is protecting our citizens from national security threats. This means creating a strong system for defense both at home and abroad. The United States should continue to act as a defender of freedom and a staunch supporter of our allies worldwide.

As the representative of Fort Bragg, the epicenter of the universe, I know how important a properly funded and functioning military is to our nation. It is Congress’s responsibility to ensure the Pentagon’s budget reflects the threats we face. We must be prepared to fight threats not only from traditional nation-states, but also determined groups of terrorists, like ISIS, al-Shabaab, and al-Qaeda, who seek to wreak havoc on the American dream. It is vitally important that Congress continue to protect American citizens and interests both at home and abroad.

Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, we have taken steps to rebuild our military, given our troops a well-deserved pay raise and bolstered border security. I introduced legislation to ensure special operators who are serving in combat receive the same tax relief as other service members, and my legislation to increase funding for our Special Forces and to ensure soldier pay adequately reflects modern warfare demands was signed into law.

As your Congressman, I will work every day to ensure the United States sustains a world-class force that can operate wherever threats arise and is capable of taking the fight to the enemy and winning. In order to do so, it is necessary that we continue to provide the funding and tools our men and women in uniform need to do their jobs and safely return home to their families. I applaud the bravery and sacrifice our military men and women make each and every day.

Economy & Jobs 

Job creation is my top priority. The formula for job creation includes a strong education system that empowers a skilled workforce and a common sense tax and regulatory environment that gets Washington out of the way of small businesses so they can do what they do best – hire people and make a positive impact on our community. Working with President Donald Trump, we were successful in getting the most comprehensive tax reform in over 30 years signed into law. We have seen incredible results in more jobs, higher wages and more money in your pocket. Because we doubled the standard deduction and lowered tax rates, 90% of Americans saw bigger paychecks. Our new opportunity zones will help boost struggling rural areas and inner cities alike. And we overhauled our career and technical education system so our workers have the skills for long-lasting careers.

Continuing to foster this pro-growth environment will continue to unleash the potential of American workers and will create incredible opportunities for individuals and small businesses to succeed.

We must also restore fiscal sanity to Washington. Years of reckless spending has led our country into a dire economic situation overtaken by mountains of debt. I’m committed to working with my House colleagues to find common-sense solutions to halt the wasteful spending, make middle class tax cuts permanent, and dramatically decrease the size of government.

It is immoral for us to borrow from others to pay for things we don’t need and can’t afford. It is certainly not an American value to force tough economic choices onto future generations. We have tough choices ahead. As your elected representative, I am committed to prioritizing spending and getting us back on the right track to an economic recovery. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to get this country back on the right track.

Education 

As the son of a North Carolina public school teacher, I strongly believe an excellent education is the right of every child. One of the main reasons I ran for Congress was to advance fiscally responsible reforms that would improve educational opportunities for students in pre-K to higher education and beyond. This must be the cornerstone in our fight to create a more prosperous America.

Excessive intervention by the federal government has made it much harder for teachers to help students reach their full potential. This has left us with an education system that is broken, but thankfully, not beyond repair. We can commit to improving education by moving from the bureaucratic-dominated status quo to a reformed system that includes accountability and increased parent choice.

For far too long, Washington has dictated what happens in our classrooms through programs like “Common Core.” Unfortunately, the problems in our education system cannot be fixed with our federal government’s one size fits all solution.

I believe we must champion an approach that will return responsibility back to the states, locally elected school boards and parents, the entities that best know what it takes to provide quality education to our children. This is the only way we can equip our young people to succeed in the highly competitive 21st Century economy and become virtuous citizens who will ensure America’s future.

In the 114th Congress , I was proud to support the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), which President Obama signed into law in December 2015. This legislation ended Washington’s mandate on “Common Core” and ended No Child Left Behind. According to the Wall Street Journal, this was the largest return of control to the states and localities from the federal government in a quarter-century. I believe this is a positive first step and will allow us to continue to fight to get the federal government out of our classrooms and ensure our schools can continue to build an environment where every student has the opportunity to succeed.

I was honored to be a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce during my first term. I used my position there to ensure that we prioritize our spending on programs that effectively educate our children. During my time on the Education and Workforce Committee, I was proud to cosponsor the House-passed version of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) which the President signed into law. This legislation consolidates and streamlines workforce development programs, protects taxpayer dollars, and ensures that workers have the skills they need to get the jobs that are out there. I look forward to continuing my work to help unemployed North Carolinians access the skills needed to get back to work and for more comprehensive solutions our education system so desperately needs.

Working with President Donald Trump, we’ve made incredible progress to transform our career and technical education (CTE) system. I was proud to support the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) which President Trump signed into law to help more than 11 million students across America who utilize CTE programs to gain the skills and knowledge needed for rewarding careers.

As I’ve traveled across our district, I’ve seen firsthand just how effective local high-skilled job-training programs can be. In Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has partnered with A.L. Brown High School on a welding program that will open doors for countless students. At both Stanly Community College and Sandhills Community College, the advanced manufacturing programs are the critical training grounds for high-skilled manufacturing workers. And at Fayetteville Tech, veterans get the support and the skills they need to seamlessly transition from military service to the civilian world. I’ll continue to work to ensure our local students, community colleges, high schools and small business owners have the access and flexibility to implement programs that work in our district.

Energy 

North Carolinians are reliant on dependable sources of energy in nearly every aspect of our lives. But all too often, families are struggling with high gas prices and electricity bills because government continues to stand in the way of domestic energy exploration and production.

A balanced and responsible approach is the solution. This means developing more of America’s own energy resources, including wind, solar, clean coal, hydropower, biofuels, nuclear energy, as well as oil and natural gas, which will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and create thousands of jobs here at home. The stringent regulation of our own untapped energy reserves constricts available supply and only compounds the global demand for energy. By safely harnessing these resources we can foster the creation of good paying jobs for Americans, while also decreasing our reliance on energy from hostile regions of the world which would make America energy secure.

As co-Chairman of the Atlantic Offshore Energy Caucus, I have worked hard to get North Carolina into the energy business to lower costs, boost our economy and create jobs. I believe that by adopting a market-led approach we can create a more abundant, affordable, and sustainable energy supply that will unlock the potential for a more prosperous America. This is a simple way to relieve our fiscal burdens now, and ensure we remain the world’s most dynamic economy in the future. I stand in firm support of increasing our domestic energy supply.

As one of the few Members of Congress who serves as a Commissioner of the Helsinki Commission, I have proudly stood up to Vladmir Putin and Russian aggression when it comes to European energy supplies. I led the charge to pass a resolution of more than 57 nations from around the world condemning the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany. I believe America should be the largest exporter of natural gas to Europe, not Vladmir Putin and his cronies in Moscow.

Here in North Carolina, there are potentially vast energy resources off our coast. The challenge does not lie in finding these resources, but in man-made government regulatory hurdles that prohibit us from allocating the time and investment needed to capitalize on them. That’s why I’ve been a proponent of opening our state to energy exploration and have introduced legislation to put North Carolinians to work by safely unlocking our offshore resources.

I have also introduced the bipartisan Blue Collar and Green Collar Jobs Development Act (H.R. 4061). This legislation will foster a 21st century workforce by promoting education and training for manufacturing and energy jobs. It will help connect individuals with job-training programs while also making current programs more efficient. And, it takes important steps to increase opportunities for women, veterans and minorities.

Healthcare

As a leader on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health – the committee in Congress responsible for writing the majority of our nation’s health care laws – I have worked with my colleagues to provide patients with the best possible health care system, encourage medical innovation and advanced research, support our medical practitioners, and create better pathways for new cures to find their way to patients.

I believe the best health care is provided when doctors and patients decide on a health care plan, not when a government bureaucrat in Washington sets care standards. That is why I have worked tirelessly to deliver a better health care system for you.

We have the highest quality health care in the world, but our health care – from insurance to prescription drugs – costs way too much. That’s why I’ve spent so much time and effort working on and finding solutions for you and your family to make health care more affordable in part by bringing down your prescription drug costs and out-of-pocket expenses. I am working with my colleagues every day to find bipartisan solutions that will bring down the cost of health care.

This Congress, I have championed legislation to:

Lower drug costs at the pharmacy counter;
Encourage the development of treatments and cures for rare pediatric diseases and cancers;
Improve and expand newborn screening panels to focus on rare diseases;
Protect pre-existing conditions;
Reauthorize our public health programs in a fiscally responsible way;
Improve Alzheimer’s care and research;
Repeal onerous health care taxes that drive up costs;
Encourage more active households through tax credits;
In the 114th Congress, an Energy and Commerce led health initiative called the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. This innovative and bipartisan package of health care legislation advances the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving treatments and cures. It is an excellent example of what can happen when Republicans and Democrats come together for a common goal.

Immigration 

I cannot and will not support any type of reform until we secure the border first. Border security is the key to effective immigration policy. With more than 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States, it’s obvious that our current system is broken and in need of reform. And with the wave of caravans attempting to cross our border every day, I stand in firm agreement with President Donald Trump that we have an absolute crisis at our Southern border that has to be addressed. Now.
During any consideration of immigration legislation, I have three key principles that I plan to stick to:

Any effort to fix our immigration system must first start with securing our borders. Enforcement and border security need to be addressed first as part of a common-sense, step-by-step approach that focuses on a long-term solution.
Any reforms must contribute to the American economy and enrich hard-working Americans. Part of staying competitive is making sure that we’re attracting the best and brightest people from around the world. That’s the American tradition, and it’s why we need immigration reform that reflects the needs of our employers and job creators.
Any reforms must recognize that we are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be an affront to the millions of legal immigrants and to the citizens of our great country. We cannot continue to have an immigration system that rewards people who break our laws while punishing those who want to follow them.
Unfortunately, the federal government has not only been unwilling to adequately secure the border, but it has failed in its responsibility to establish and carry out a comprehensive plan to do so. I have long supported measures to strengthen our border security:

I’ve cosponsored legislation to force the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a plan that demands results verified by metrics to hold the administration accountable.

This plan mandates a comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain situational awareness and operational control of the border and is fully supported by the National Sheriffs’ Association.
DHS must report these results to independent agencies to be verified and to ensure that the plan is feasible and fully secures the border.
But the buck stops with Congress – DHS must report to Congress every step of the way to verify the plan’s strategy, implementation, metrics and mandated results.
I’ve also voted to:

Increase funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by $110.6 Million
Authorize the highest number of CBP and Border Security Officers in history
Fully fund the mandated detention beds required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Authorize and fund President Donald Trump’s request for border wall construction

Provide additional technology, roads and other tactical infrastructure while increasing boots on the ground and border patrol

Require full implementation at all air, land and sea ports of entry

This is not just an immigration issue – it is a national security and a humanitarian crisis. We must be able to make intelligent decisions about who and what crosses our borders. Establishing a plan that demands results will help keep us safe and will prevent criminals, drug cartels and terrorists from exploiting our porous borders.

A reform to our system without this critical component is a non-starter for me. While I can’t predict what the outcome of the immigration debate will be, I can assure you that I’m listening to your priorities at home and sharing them with my colleagues in Washington.

Preventing Gun Violence 

From my first days in office, I have worked tirelessly to address the root causes of gun violence. Enough is enough. The horror and shock we all feel every time we see an instance of gun violence makes us ask why this happens and what we can do to stop it from happening again.

Unfortunately, some believe more gun control is the only solution. However, the truth is this is a complicated problem that requires comprehensive solutions. We must strengthen background checks and close loopholes, make our schools safer, help law enforcement with better training and better coordination, and improve mental health resources so that individuals who need intervention don’t keep slipping through the cracks in the system.

A few of the notable actions I’ve taken include:

Strengthening Background Checks and Closing Loopholes

I helped craft the Fix NICS Act to improve reporting to the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) while also strengthening Second Amendment protections for law-abiding gun owners. This legislation was included in my bill, H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, when it passed the House in December of 2017. The Fix NICS Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump in March 2018.
The point of Fix NICS is simple – we don’t want anyone who shouldn’t possess a firearm getting their hands on one.
Bump Stocks

I included tough language in my legislation, H.R. 38, to force the Attorney General to examine how and when bump stocks have been used in crimes and report back to Congress.
In December 2018, the Trump Administration officially banned bump stocks.

Securing Our Schools

Last year, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 as part of the omnibus bill. This law will make our schools safer by providing resources to train students, teachers, and local law enforcement so they can help stop school violence before it happens.
It also encourages state and local officials to share best practices for preventing school violence with federal law enforcement and their counterparts in other states.
In addition, it provides funding for technology and equipment to improve school security and stop attacks. This funding may be used for metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other technologies to keep schools safe.
With the 21st Century Cures Act, I helped permanently authorized the VALOR initiative at the Department of Justice, which trains law enforcement on appropriate actions to take in an active shooter scenario.
The law also improved the National Violent Death Reporting System at the CDC to help track violent deaths and illuminate ways they can be prevented.
In addition, the House recently passed a spending bill with my amendment to double the money available for research to study the root causes of gun violence, including the impact and effectiveness of grants authorized under the STOP School Violence Act.
Adding Desperately-Needed Resources for Mental Health

Addressing the root cause of violence in our society and improving our mental health system has been and will continue to be a priority. It is clear that Congress needs to continue examining and improving mental health care.
The mental health reforms included in the 21st Century Cures Act represented the most significant reforms to the mental health system in more than a decade.
There are many policies aimed at preventing an individual from reaching a point of crisis, including:
Allowing more compassionate communication under HIPAA so family members can help individuals going through severe mental illness and facilitate treatment;
Providing increased grant funding for training so teachers, EMS and other professionals can appropriately intervene before someone with mental illness experiences a crisis; and
Reauthorizing programs that focus on helping treat children early on with severe emotional disturbances.

2nd Amendment 

As a lifelong hunter and sportsman, I am a strong and vocal defender of our Second Amendment rights. I’m proud to have an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), and I will always defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

I believe the plain language of the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. This is the right that guarantees we can defend our other rights, and it is a fundamental freedom that must be protected.

I’m proud to lead the charge to advance national concealed carry reciprocity. I introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) to guarantee our Second Amendment rights don’t disappear when we cross state lines. This important bill passed the House on December 6, 2017. It provides law-abiding citizens the right to carry concealed and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting concealed carry state codes or onerous civil suits.

H.R. 38 has been described as the “biggest guns rights boost since the ratification of the Second Amendment.”  It will ensure law-abiding citizens can protect their families across state lines. While I’m disappointed the Senate failed to act on this important legislation in 2018, I will continue to fight to get it signed into law.

In addition, my amendment to stop President Obama’s “green-tip” bullet ban passed the House in the 114th Congress and helped put intense pressure on the administration to abandon its unilateral attempt to restrict our Second Amendment rights.

With Democrats now in the Majority in the House of Representatives for the 116th Congress, we have already seen legislation introduced that threatens the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Congressional Democrats recently introduced H.R. 8, legislation to require a background check for every firearm sale. This legislation might sound common sense, but current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. Current law also prohibits what’s known as “straw purchases.”

This legislation does nothing to prevent gun violence, yet threatens the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Instead of working on common sense solutions that can actually help prevent tragedies—like supporting local law enforcement, ensuring laws and protocols are followed to spot warning signs and improving mental health care—Democrats are targeting law-abiding gun owners. I will continue to stand up against these attempts to restrict our Second Amendment rights.

Social Security 

As a nation, we’ve made many promises to our fellow citizens. Through our entitlement programs, retirees are guaranteed a pension through Social Security and access to health care through Medicare, as well as support for the poor and disabled. My mother, a former public school teacher, relies on this support in her retirement. I’m proud we have a safety net that shelters all Americans from true poverty, however, these programs are rapidly growing beyond our ability to pay for them. To be blunt, Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt.

Social Security now pays out more than it collects, slowly consuming the funds that have built up over time from contributions by hard working Americans. Numerous independent financial and economic analysts agree that Social Security as currently structured is fiscally unsustainable. Additionally, according to the most recent Medicare trustee’s report, Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund will become insolvent in 2028.If we fail to fix entitlement spending today, we will be forced to break our contract in the future.

For many Americans who need help staying afloat in times of hardship, any changes to the social safety net can seem daunting, and I share these concerns. As the son of a retired school teacher whose livelihood depends on these programs, I understand the need to keep them intact now and strengthen them for the future. I believe this issue must be given greater attention, and I am dedicated to using my position in Congress to fight for sensible, long-term solutions that strengthen this program for current seniors and also future generations.

Veterans 

North Carolina is fortunate to be called home by thousands of veterans. As representative of the fastest growing veteran population in Fayetteville, I’m committed to getting our veterans the care they deserve. Caring for these heroes and their families is of the utmost importance, and I will continue to fight for those who have given so much for this nation. They made a promise to defend our country from enemies, and we must ensure that we keep every promise made to them for their service. I truly consider this my most sacred honor as your voice in Congress.

Willingness to serve in the future is directly related to the treatment and quality of care that veterans receive today. As a new generation of veterans return from over a decade of war, it should be this nation’s top priority to ensure that they have access to top-notch facilities and care. In many cases, this means restructuring the existing facilities and practices to focus on the medical issues that veterans face today. Today’s veterans often face bureaucratic obstacles at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that hamper their access to care instead of expediting it.

I have been determined during my time in Congress to break this bureaucracy and ensure veterans have access to timely and quality care, and I will continue working until we reach that goal. I introduced the bipartisan Care Veterans Deserve Act to expand access to care while enhancing choice, flexibility and quality in veterans’ health care.

As long as I am your elected Representative, I will work tirelessly to ensure every veteran’s need is met both in casework and in legislation pending before Congress. In the 115th Congress, I worked to make sure we provided the highest funding level in history for the VA while also strengthening oversight and holding bureaucrats responsible. And we passed critical measures to address the tragedy of veteran suicide and improve mental health services.

Further, I helped get the largest expansion of GI Bill benefits in a decade signed into law. All of this is progress, but there is still so much more work to do to fulfill our promise to our nation’s heroes. I give you my commitment that I’ll do just that each and every day I have the privilege of being your voice in Congress.

Coronavirus 

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I am closely monitoring all available information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and doing everything I can to 1) make sure our local health care providers and public health officials have all the resources they need, 2) increase the availability of tests in our community, 3) help make treatments and vaccines available as soon as possible, and 4) mitigate as many of the impacts on you, your family and our small businesses as possible.

Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration: All 100 counties in North Carolina are eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans caused by Coronavirus. Learn more: Small Business Administration Emergency Loans What You Need to Know.

Office Policy: At this time, my offices are open and fully staffed to take phone calls and answer emails. Out of an abundance of caution and out of concern for the safety of all citizens of the 8th District, we will not be hosting in-person meetings at any of our offices in Albemarle, Concord, Fayetteville, Pinehurst or Washington, D.C. However, my staff and I will be available by phone and through our website to assist you as always. Feel free to contact us and find the closest office to you here.

U.S. Capitol Policy: The Sergeant at Arms has temporarily suspended all U.S. Capitol tours. The suspension is currently anticipated to remain in effect until April 1, 2020. The White House and Bureau of Engraving and Printing have also temporarily suspended all tours. Guidelines for constituents who have already booked tours or are considering a trip to Washington, D.C. can be found here: U.S. Capitol Tours to be Suspended.

Below, you will find useful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the virus, as well as travel information and useful safety precautions. To receive regular updates regarding the virus and other important issues impacting our district, please sign up for my newsletter.

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Dan BishopDan Bishop

Current Position: US Representative for District 9 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

In the General Assembly, Dan fought to keep North Carolina families safe from dangerous sanctuary city policy. He cut taxes, limited spending, reduced family healthcare costs, invested in public schools, expanded school choice, raised teacher pay, safeguarded the Second Amendment, passed Voter ID, fought to protect life, cut regulations and helped North Carolina’s economy create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for District 9 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

In the General Assembly, Dan fought to keep North Carolina families safe from dangerous sanctuary city policy. He cut taxes, limited spending, reduced family healthcare costs, invested in public schools, expanded school choice, raised teacher pay, safeguarded the Second Amendment, passed Voter ID, fought to protect life, cut regulations and helped North Carolina’s economy create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Source: Government page

About

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Source: Government page

Congressman Dan Bishop’s family has hailed for generations from Bladen County, in the eastern end of North Carolina’s Ninth District, but he was born and lives in Charlotte, at the western end. Dan brings to the House an impressive background in policy-making, legal work, and commitment to Conservative North Carolina values.

In the General Assembly, Dan fought to keep North Carolina families safe from dangerous sanctuary city policy. He cut taxes, limited spending, reduced family healthcare costs, invested in public schools, expanded school choice, raised teacher pay, safeguarded the Second Amendment, passed Voter ID, fought to protect life, cut regulations and helped North Carolina’s economy create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

He remains committed to those issues in Congress.

Dan holds bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating law school in 1990, Dan served business clients in the private sector for 29 years.

During his private sector career, Dan served as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner from 2004-2008. He was next elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2014 and the North Carolina Senate in 2016, where he served until he ran for Congress. Dan won a close, high-profile special election in September 2019.

Dan’s family is his solid foundation. He lives with Jo, his wife of over 20 years, and has a son – 19-year-old college freshman Jack.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Commissioner
    Mecklenburg County
    2004 to 2008
  • Member/ Representative
    North Carolina House of Representatives
    2014 to 2016
  • Member/ Representative
    North Carolina Senate
    2016 to 2019

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1964
Place of Birth: Charlotte, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Jo Bishop
Children: Jack Bishop

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
132 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1976

Monroe Office
300 N Main St.
Monroe, NC 28112
Phone: (704) 218-5300
Fax: (844) 273- 1255

Web

Government Page, Government Page, YouTube, Facebook, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 US Senator for 9th District

Dan Bishop (R)96,57350.7%
Dan McCready (D)92,78548.7%
Jeff Scott (L)7730.4%
Allen Smith (G)3750.2%
TOTAL190,506

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

BISHOP, JAMES DANIEL (DAN) has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,663,845.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Committee on Homeland Security
Committee on Small Business

Subcommittees

Transportation and Maritime Security
Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, Entrepreneurship

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Source: Government page

Coronavirus 

As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, each of us must do our part to prevent the spread. Below are helpful resources from federal, state, and local governments to keep you, your family, and our community, safe. America is the strongest and most equipped country in the world, for this crisis. Together, we will get through this.

Congressional Action:

On March 4th, I voted for H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act which was later signed by President Trump on Marth 6th. It provides $8.3 billion in funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
$61 million to fund the FDA’s response operations
Funding to provide an estimated $7 billion in SBA Disaster Loans Program
Over $1 Billion to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for a robust response including $1 billion exclusively for state and local response efforts.
$950 million dollars in assistance grants to state and local governments$475 million to be available with 30 days
At least $40 million to assist tribal governments
$836 million to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for response operationsAt least $10 million to train medical workers to limit their exposure to coronavirus
$3.1 billion to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to fund response operations, vaccine production, medical supplies, detection equipment, and more.

Symptoms and Treatment

COVID-19 has respiratory illnesses symptoms like the flu including:

Fever
Coughing
Shortness of breath
If you have the following symptoms and have returned from an area abroad or have been in contact with someone who is known to have Coronavirus, please contact your doctor or a medical provider before going into a medical office or emergency room to prevent the spread.

Please click here to consult the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s page on how to identify a potential case of coronavirus.

Precautions

We can all do our part to stay healthy and prevent the spread

Wash your hands frequently with soap
Avoid touching your face
Stay home if you are sick
Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet
Limit gatherings to no more than 10 people
If you are healthy, here are some ways from the Center for Disease Control to actively protect you and those around you from this disease.

GRAPHIC: Keeping the workplace safe
GRAPHIC: Keeping the school safe
GRAPHIC: Keeping the home safe
GRAPHIC: Keeping commerical establishments safe
If you have any further questions, please call our office at (202) 225-1976 or the North Carolina Coronavirus (COVID-19) Call Center at (866) 462-3821.

Assistance

Federal, state, and local governments are working together to help prevent the spread of the virus. For individuals and business affected by the Coronavirus or precautions being taken to limit its spread, there are resources available to assist.

Resources for Small Businesses

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

For more information please visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19.

SBA provides several number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. For more information on loans or how to connect with a lender, visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans.

7(a) Loan Program: This program offers loan amounts up to $5 million and is an all-inclusive loan program deployed by lending partners for eligible small businesses within the U.S. States and its territories. The uses of proceeds include working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business.

Express Loan Program: The Express Loan program provides loans up to $350,000 for no more than 7 years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.

7(a) Community Advantage Program: This pilot program allows mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in underserved markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.

504 Loan Program: The 504 program is designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.

Microloan Program: This program involves making loans through nonprofit lending organizations to underserved markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery & equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000.

Assistance for Individuals

Unemployment Benefits

If you have lost your job or are facing reduced hours due to Coronavirus the one week waiting period has been waived and workers can apply immediately for assistance. Additionally, in-person applications are also waived, click here to apply online or call: 888-737-0259.

Governor’s Executive Order on Unemployment Benefits
Travel Assistance

If you are traveling overseas and have not already enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) please click here to do so. This program records your trip with the nearest embassy.

Health notices issued by the CDC can be found here.

International travel notices regarding COVID-19 issued by the State Department can be found here.

Country specific travel advisories issued by the State Department can be found here.

If you need assistance while traveling, please contact your nearest US Embassy listed here.

Meals

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is available to low-income families to ensure they have the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. USDA has authorized maximum flexibility to states to waive requirements in good faith in order to streamline the program. You can apply online here, by calling: 1-866-719-0141, or by contacting your County Department of Social Services.

School Nutrition Program flexibility has been granted by the Secretary of Agriculture for schools to continue to offer meals to students while schools are closed as well as waived the group seating requirement. School districts in rural areas are eligible to participate in the newly announced Meals-to-you Program. These boxes will contain five days worth of shelf-stable, nutritious, individually packaged foods that meet USDA’s summer food requirements.

No Kid Hungry NC has compiled county by county information for the state which can be accessed by clicking here.

School Updates by County:

Anson County Schools

Wadesboro Elementary School will serve as a meal site for children up to the age of 18 years old and/or currently enrolled in Anson County Schools beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Parents and community volunteers may pick up meals and deliver them to students who may not have transportation. All meals must be picked up and consumed at another location due to limitations on the number of people who may gather at one location.

March 20, 23, 24, 25:

Lunch will be provided 11:00- 12:30 pm at Wadesboro Elementary School along with brekafast for the next day.

Schedules for future meal offerings will be communicated after these first two days of piloting this concept. The decision for future meals will be determined based on participation. We hope to continue offering meals if families participate.

For any questions, call (704) 694- 5816 ext. 3000 by 9:30 am to place orders if there are 10 or more children.

Bladen County

March 15, 2020 Update: The following information is being shared with you about our feeding program during school closure over the next two weeks. Bladen County Schools will offer FREE To-Go meals to ANY child or young adult ages 1 to 18 while Bladen County Schools are closed. As a result of the schools closing, we will offer seven feeding sites for breakfast and lunch. Foodservice will begin on Monday, March 16. The sites will be open Monday through Friday from 11 am until 1 pm. The seven sites are Bladen Lakes Primary, Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, East Arcadia Elementary, Elizabethtown Middle, Tar Heel Middle, and West Bladen High schools. You can visit any site regardless of where your child is enrolled. Parents will be able to pick-up a “Grab-n-Go” hot meal for lunch and breakfast for the children in their home. The grab-n-go meal will include a lunch meal and a breakfast meal for the following day. Look for the signs directing you to the meal pick-up door located at the school.

If  you live in the eastern part of the county, bus stop delivery is now an option for those in the district under 18 years of age. The routes will be slightly varied, so please use the links below to find if delivery is an option for you.

Cumberland County

Children ages 18 and younger will be eligible for meals. They do not have to be a CCS student. For example, a two-year-old child can receive a meal. Students do not have to be present when parents/guardians pick up the meals.Lunch will be provided for the current day and a breakfast for the following day (each student receives two meals).Families may go to any location, regardless of where their child attends school. The following schools will be providing curbside pick-up meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., beginning Tuesday, March 17, meals will be served Monday-Friday:

College Lakes Elementary: 4963 Rosehill Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311
W.T. Brown Elementary: 2522 Andrews Church Road, Spring Lake, NC 28390
Westarea Elementary: 941 Country Club Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28301
E.E. Smith High: 1800 Seabrook Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Cape Fear High: 4762 Clinton Road, Fayetteville, NC 28312
Walker-Spivey Elementary: 500 Fisher Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Cumberland Road Elementary: 2700 Cumberland Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306
Morganton Road Elementary: 102 Bonanza Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Lake Rim Elementary:1455 Hoke Loop Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314
Lewis Chapel Middle: 2150 Skibo Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314
Douglas Byrd Middle: 1616 Ireland Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304
Montclair Elementary: 555 Glensford Drive; Fayetteville, NC 28314
Sherwood Park Elementary: 2115 Hope Mills Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304
C. Wayne Collier Elementary: 3522 Sturbridge Drive, Hope Mills, NC 28348
Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary: 2970 Legion Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306
Alderman Road Elementary: 2860 Alderman Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306

The following other locations will be providing curbside pick-up meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Meals will be served Monday-Friday:

John D Fuller Sr. Recreational/Athletic Complex: 6627 Old Bunce Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28314
Spring Lake Recreation Department: 245 Ruth St, Spring Lake, NC 28390

Yellow buses will drop by the following locations, Monday-Friday, at the approximate times listed below:

Sunnyside Elementary 3876 Sunnyside School Rd, Fayetteville, NC,  11:00 a.m.
Indian Housing Authority 2125 Sapona Road, Fayetteville, NC,  11:30
Kinlaws Supermarket 1802 Sapona Rd, Fayetteville, NC,  12:00 p.m.
John D Fuller Rec Center 6627 Old Bunce Rd, Fayetteville, NC,  11:00 a.m.
Melvin Place Apartments 240 Melvin Pl, Fayetteville, NC, 11:00 a.m.
Rode Hill Garden Apartments 216 Tiffany Ct, Fayetteville, NC,  11:30 a.m.
Church of Pentecost USA 116 Johnson St., Fayetteville, NC,  11:00 a.m.
Tropical Motel 4306 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC,  11:30 a.m.
Motel 6 3719 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC,  11:45 a.m.
Spring Lake Rec Center 245 Ruth St., Spring Lake, NC,  11:00 a.m.
Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park, 932 Country Club Dr #108, Fayetteville, NC, 11:00 a.m.
Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park, 1100 Sleepy Hollow Dr, Fay, NC, 11:40 a.m.
Mt. Sinai Homes, 703 Blue St, Fay, NC, 12:20 p.m.
Mt. Rose Motel, 2320 Gillespie St, Fay, NC, 11:00 a.m.
Crown Motel, 2502 Gillespie St. Fay, NC, 11:20 a.m.
Coliseum Inn, 2507 Gillespie St, Fay, NC, 11:40 a.m.
Carolina Motor Inn, 2533 Gillespie St, Fay, NC, 12:00 p.m.
Point Place Housing Development, Point Place, Fayetteville, NC, 12:30 p.m.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will provide grab and go meals while schools are closed. Lunch (and breakfast for the next day) will be served in participating school’s parking lots. Meals are free for anyone 18-years old and under. Meals will be distributed Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The district will review the meal distribution plan weekly and communicate each week to media and the community. This will allow us to update and change when the need arises.

Union County

Beginning March 18, UCPS will offer free daily meals to children 18 years old and under at Sardis Elementary and Rocky River Elementary. Wingate Elementary and Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle, which began offering free meals on March 17, will continue to serve meals to children throughout the duration of the school closure. The nutritious grab-and-go meals will be available at the four schools from 11 a.m. –  1 p.m. seven days a week.

DOCU-UCPS-Free-Meals-Supplies March 23.pdf

Richmond County

Richmond County Schools has added meal sites for students to receive a grab and go breakfast and lunch starting on Tuesday, March 17th from 10:30 a.m. to noon. As of March 16th, we have been updated that children do not have to be present to pick up their bag of food.

Beginning Friday, March 20th, Richmond County Schools will begin sending buses on routes to deliver food. Any child within the school district under the age of 18 may pick up a breakfast and lunch at the closest bus stop to their home. If you are not sure which bus stop your child should go to for meals, call the Richmond County Schools’ Transportation Department at (910) 997-9841. Bus routes will begin their delivery routes at 10 a.m. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

In addition to the bus routes, grab-and-go meals are available from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the following locations:
Ellerbe Middle
Monroe Avenue Elementary
Ninth Grade Academy
West Rockingham Elementary
Hamlet Middle
L.J. Bell Elementary
Cordova Middle
Cartledge Creek Baptist Church
Philadelphia Community Church
Marston First Baptist Church
Rockingham Skateland

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Patrick McHenryPatrick McHenry

Current Position: US Representative for District 10 since 2005
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman McHenry’s interest in crowdfunding and capital formation more broadly developed as a child, when his father attempted to grow a small business but struggled for financing. It was this experience—and the lack of small business financing in rural western North Carolina—that drove Congressman McHenry to become a leader on crowdfunding, capital formation, and other forms of disruptive finance.

Recently this has expanded to encompass fintech as he works with industry leaders to discover innovative ways to combine finance and technology with the goal of expanding access to capital for America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for District 10 since 2005
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman McHenry’s interest in crowdfunding and capital formation more broadly developed as a child, when his father attempted to grow a small business but struggled for financing. It was this experience—and the lack of small business financing in rural western North Carolina—that drove Congressman McHenry to become a leader on crowdfunding, capital formation, and other forms of disruptive finance.

Recently this has expanded to encompass fintech as he works with industry leaders to discover innovative ways to combine finance and technology with the goal of expanding access to capital for America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Source: Government page

About

Patrick McHenry 1

Source: Government page

Patrick McHenry is serving his eighth term in the United States Congress where he represents the citizens of North Carolina’s 10th District. Congressman McHenry’s district comprises all or parts of eight counties in western North Carolina, from the suburbs of Charlotte to Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In the 116th Congress, Congressman McHenry serves as the Republican Leader of the House Financial Services Committee, a committee he has served on since he was elected to Congress. In his role as Republican Leader, Congressman McHenry continues to advocate for innovative solutions that increase access to banking services and credit for American families and small businesses.

Prior to serving as the Republican Leader, Congressman McHenry served as Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, a position he was appointed to at the beginning of the 114th Congress by then Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05).

In 2015, Congressman McHenry was selected by then House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) to be the Chief Deputy Whip. As Chief Deputy Whip, Congressman McHenry directly assisted Majority Whip Scalise by building consensus for the conservative policy agenda of the House Republican Conference. One of his proudest accomplishments as Chief Deputy Whip was the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which helped to fix our nation’s broken tax code and provided much-needed tax relief to American families and businesses.

During the 113th Congress, Congressman McHenry served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.  In this role, he provided oversight of the Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal financial regulators. Congressman McHenry was previously a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

In addition to his leadership roles on the Financial Services Committee, Congressman McHenry has successfully passed important legislation into law that helps entrepreneurs and startup investing.  In the 114th Congress, Congressman McHenry authored the “RAISE Act” (Reforming Access for Investments in Startup Enterprises), which was signed into law by President Obama, providing the means for startup employees to sell their stock options to private investors.

Additionally, Congressman McHenry authored the primary legislation to legalize equity-based crowdfunding in the United States. The crowdfunding language he first authored in 2011 was eventually included in the JOBS Act which President Obama signed into law in April 2012. In recognition of his work supporting crowdfunding, Congressman McHenry was presented with the 2013 “Crowdfunding Visionary Award” by the Global Crowdfunding Convention. Congressman McHenry was also awarded the Crowdfunding Leadership Award by the University of California at Berkeley Fung Institute’s Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial Finance in 2013.

Congressman McHenry’s interest in crowdfunding and capital formation more broadly developed as a child, when his father attempted to grow a small business but struggled for financing. It was this experience—and the lack of small business financing in rural western North Carolina—that drove Congressman McHenry to become a leader on crowdfunding, capital formation, and other forms of disruptive finance. Recently this has expanded to encompass fintech as he works with industry leaders to discover innovative ways to combine finance and technology with the goal of expanding access to capital for America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Throughout his career, Congressman McHenry has been a vocal and effective advocate for the men and women who wear the uniform of our country.  He received awards from the North Carolina Chapters of the American Legion and Marine Corps League for his extensive work in bringing a veterans’ health care clinic to his district after nearly two decades of delay.  The National Guard presented Patrick McHenry with the Charles Dick Medal of Merit for his exceptional service to the North Carolina National Guard.

Congressman McHenry has been recognized as a leader of the conservative movement in America.  Having never voted for a tax increase in his career, Congressman McHenry is continually recognized as a “Hero of the Taxpayer” by Americans for Tax Reform.

Congressman McHenry is the recipient of several additional awards including: the National Association of Manufacturing’s “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” Award, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s “Small Business Champion” Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” Award, the 60 Plus Association’s “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” Award, the Family Research Council’s “True Blue” Award, and Citizens Against Government Waste’s “Taxpayer Hero” Award. In 2009 he was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the “40 Under 40,” a list of rising stars in American politics.

Most importantly, Congressman McHenry continues to listen to the voters of the 10th District and act as their voice in Washington.  His main focus is to provide the highest level of constituent services at home in western North Carolina.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2004 at the age of 29, Congressman McHenry represented the 109th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, a post he was appointed to by President George W. Bush.

Congressman McHenry is a graduate of Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, N.C. and Belmont Abbey College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History.  Congressman McHenry and his wife Giulia live in Denver, N.C. and worship at Holy Spirit Church.  They are the parents of two daughters, Cecelia Rose and Therese Anne (who goes by Rese).

 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Special Assistant
    United States Secretary of Labor
    2001 to 2001

    Appointed by George W. Bush

  • Member/ Representative
    North Carolina House of Representatives
    2002 to 2004

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1975
Place of Birth: Gastonia, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse: Giulia Cangiano

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2004 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2576
Fax: (202) 225-0316

Hickory Office
1990 Main Avenue SE, PO Box 1830
Hickory, NC 28603
Phone: (828) 327-6100, (800) 477-2576
Fax: (828) 327-8311

Gastonia Office
Suite 115
Gaston County Administrative Bldg
128 West Main Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: (704) 833-0096
Fax: (704) 833-0887

Black Mountain Office
160 Midland Avenue
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: (828) 669-0600

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 10th District

Patrick McHenry (R)164,96959.3%
David Wilson Brown (D)113,25940.7%
TOTAL278,228

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

MCHENRY, PATRICK TIMOTHY has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $12,650,961.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Financial Services

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congess.gov

Issues

Source: Government page

Crime, Drug Policy & Courts 

Congressman McHenry organized a conference with sheriffs and other law enforcement personnel from every county in the Tenth District, along with federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents to discuss solutions to the increasing methamphetamine problem in North Carolina. The Congressman supports stiffer penalties for drug dealers and offenders, and better management of federal grants to assist the efforts of local law enforcement to eradicate this problem. Congressman McHenry supported increased funding for enforcement efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and is a member of the Congressional Caucus to Fight Methamphetamine, which works to stop the use and production of this dangerous drug.

The role of the judicial branch of government is to interpret the law, not create it.  That responsibility belongs to democratically-elected representatives who are accountable to the American people.  However, activist judges continue to write public policy from the bench in defiance of the Constitution and against the will of the American people.

Immigration 

Illegal immigration is a serious problem in the United States, with the number of illegal aliens growing each year. These illegal aliens stress infrastructure and programs designed to support American citizens. Throughout my time in office, I have supported efforts to strengthen border control and security in order to stem the influx of illegal immigrants across our nation’s borders. We must also reduce incentives for illegal immigrants to come here, which is why I introduced HR 1249 – The No Free Rides Act. This legislation prevents illegal immigrants from accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit under President Obama’s illegal executive orders granting amnesty.

While it is true that America is a nation of immigrants, it is also a nation of laws.  Granting any sort of amnesty to illegal aliens would only reward criminal behavior and further encourage the type of actions we are seeing along our borders.  As your Congressman, I have and will continue to support efforts to curtail the flow of illegal immigrants into our country, and will not support any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants currently in the United States

Education, Worker Training & School Choice 

Now more than ever, quality education is vital to success in life. As our economy changes, we must provide the skills and training necessary to prepare today’s workers and future generations for new technologies and developing industries.

Congressman McHenry has succesfully helped increase federal investment in Western North Carolina’s community college system.  Vocational training programs help enhance workers’ skills and marketability. A well-trained and well-educated workforce will help attract new businesses and jobs to Western North Carolina.

The federal government can play a role in education, but schools should be controlled to the greatest degree possible at the local level. The No Child Left behind Act sets priorities for accountability and allows for children to escape failing schools, but Congressman McHenry believes the legislation is overreaching and establishes a cumbersome and expensive bureaucracy. That is why he supported the Student Success Act, which reduces the federal footprint and restores local control, while empowering parents and education leaders to hold schools accountable for effectively teaching each student.

Congressman McHenry supports innovative education reform ideas such as charter schools and vouchers. He believes that parents should have the ability to move their child from an under performing school to an educational institution of their choosing, and introduced legislation to empower parents to save for their children’s education in tax-free savings accounts including the popular 529 savings accounts. As a strong supporter of home schooling, Congressman McHenry is working to protect the rights of those who wish to teach their children at home.

Environment 

As a sportsman, Congressman McHenry appreciates the natural beauty of the United States, and Western North Carolina is home to some of America’s most breathtaking scenery. It is important to provide adequate protections for our natural treasures.
Congressman McHenry is cosponsoring legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), H.R. 1814/S. 338 would not only permanently reauthorize the LWCF, but also includes common sense usage provisions to ensure sportsmen have access to certain areas of this land for hunting and fishing, and for members of the public to use other designated areas for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.  I am proud to join this bipartisan initiative to safeguard funding for our nation’s public outdoor facilities and to provide recreational opportunities to all Americans.

Finally, Congressman McHenry believes that the culture of the Environmental Protection Agency must be reformed so that it works to help businesses and individuals comply with regulations instead of strictly acting in a punitive manner and working to put good people out of business. Congressman McHenry supports common sense measures where business, government agencies and citizens work together to address local concerns and comply with environmental regulations.

Federal Budget 

The federal budget has been mismanaged for too long.  President Bush did not adequately control non-defense discreationary spending.  Under President Obama, the federal budget is spiraling dangerously out of control.

Believing that government can simply spend its way back to prosperity is dangerously simplistic and misguided.  The President’s budget increased taxes by $2.1 trillion yet never balances, and increases total spending by 65% in ten years.

As a former member of the House Budget Committee, Congressman McHenry supports a fiscally-responsible approach to budgeting.  We should cut, save, and incentivize economic growth instead of the usual tax, spend, and borrow approach.  The budget that Congressman McHenry supported would have held the line on discretionary spending and prioritized investment in projects that truly stimulate economic growth.  That balanced budget did not raise taxes or cut veterans health care and defense programs. Instead, it balances within ten years without raising taxes, calls for a simpler tax code, puts our country on a path to paying off the debt and strengthens Medicare.

The government watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste, rates Patrick McHenry as a “Taxpayer Hero.”

Energy Policy 

Patrick McHenry has outlined a plan for a new American energy policy that is balanced between conserving energy, investing in alternative energy sources, and drilling for America’s abundant energy resources.  One day, America will be powered by alternative energy – and Congressman McHenry is working to make that happen – but until then, we must drill for American oil and natural gas to power the American economy and bring down energy costs for American families.

The inter-mountain west of the United States is home to the world’s largest deposits of oil shale.  Oil shale is sedimentary rock that over the course of millions of years would geologically mature into common crude oil.  Scientists have developed a process that heats the rock, speeding up the geological process and converting the rock to oil in a few short years.  America’s reserves of oil shale are larger than the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, Iraq, Mexico and Russia combined.

Congressman McHenry’s plan would invest the flood of new revenue from drilling into the development and practical applications of alternatives energy sources like solar, wind, nuclear and hydroelectric.  This approach would lower energy costs in the short run and make America energy independent in the long run.  A comprehensive energy policy of this type would create millions of new jobs in the energy sector.

The Congressman is opposed to the national energy tax, known as “cap-and-trade,” that is currently being considered by Congress.

Healthcare

Congressman McHenry believes that every American should have access to quality and affordable healthcare.  However, a government-rationed healthcare system is not the answer.  Healthcare decisions should be made by patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats.

Congressman McHenry supports the establishment of Association Health Plans, which would allow small businesses that could not otherwise afford health insurance to band together and purchase insurance as a group so that more working Americans have access to health insurance. It should be the right of every American to have tax-free Medical Savings Accounts to help cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with healthcare. To make healthcare coverage more affordable and accessible for workers, Congressman McHenry supports allowing small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance.

Lawsuit abuse is putting many doctors out of business and increasing the cost of healthcare for everyone.  Some counties in the mountains of North Carolina now have no doctors practicing obstetrics because they cannot afford insurance premiums. Lawsuit abuse needs to be reformed, including capping jackpot jury awards on non-economic damages and limiting what trial lawyers take from injured patients.

Jobs, Economy & Financial Services 

Congressman McHenry’s top prioritiy is helping to rebuild the economy of Western North Carolina.  Bad trade deals have been the cause of the significant job losses experienced in our region over the last 15 years.  Patrick McHenry has voted against every unfair trade deal that sent American jobs overseas.  The National Association of Manufacturers has presented Congressman McHenry with its “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” Award.

As textile, furniture and other manufacturing jobs have moved away, workers find themselves in need of retraining for a new career field.  The North Carolina Community College System is the number one tool that we have to help displaced workers get marketable skills to pursue a new career. Congressman McHenry works closely with local community college officials to see that worker retraining programs are adequately funded.  He believes that having a well-trained workforce is necessary to create a business climate that will attract new employers to Western North Carolina.

Patrick McHenry supports reforming our tax code to promote investment in American industries. To help spur economic growth and job creation, Congressman McHenry is co-sponsoring bills that permanently repeal the death tax, reform the alternative minimum tax, end frivolous lawsuits, and reform job-killing regulations imposed by federal agencies without appropriate legislative review.

Congressman McHenry is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which deals with legislation related to banking, insurance and real estate. Congressman McHenry has introduced the Credit Rating Agency Transparency and Disclosure Act to improve the integrity and accuracy of credit rating agencies who played a significant role in the financial market crisis.  Additionally, he is co-sponsoring Congressman Ron Paul’s Federal Reserve Transparency Act, strenthening oversight and audits of our nation’s central bank.

Taxes are also an important factor in job recruitment. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s position as the highest-taxed state in the Southeast puts it at a competitive disadvantage to other states. That is why Congressman McHenry believes that we must work to reduce taxes at all levels of government so that businesses will find our state a more hospitable place to relocate.  Having never voted for a tax increase in his career, Patrick McHenry is contiunally recognized as a “Hero of the Taxpayer” by Americans for Tax Reform.

National Security 

The primary responsibility expressly outlined for the federal government in the Constitution is providing for national defense. Congress faces no greater duty than ensuring that members of our armed forces have the training, equipment, and funding necessary to protect citizens of the United States and our interests abroad.

After the tragedies of September 11th, it is clear that our national security is dependent not only on protection from hostile countries, but also from terrorists bent on the mass murder of American citizens.  Congressman McHenry supports global efforts to track down and eliminate terrorists.  We must prevent rogue regimes in North Korea and Iran from giving nuclear technology to terrorists.

While he was not in Congress at the time the decisions were made to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, Patrick McHenry has consistently voted to provide our troops with the tools and support they need, including a 2.3 percent pay increase.  With Russia’s aggressive actions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, instability spreading across the Middle East from ISIS to Syria to Iran, Afghanistan remaining a work in progress, and China expanding their influence in Asia, we must protect our national defense and readiness.

Sanctity of Human Life 

The United States has always been a compassionate nation that cherishes innocent human life at all stages of development, from conception to natural death. Tragically, judicial activists on the Supreme Court manufactured an interpretation of the Constitution allowing abortion in the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, resulting in the death of millions of unborn children every year.

Congressman McHenry is a champion of pro-life causes in the House of Representatives and will fight to foster a culture of life for all Americans. This includes defending the ban on partial birth abortion, fighting any effort to legalize euthanasia, and supporting efforts to reduce abortions and increase adoptions.

Patrick McHenry is a cosponsor of legislation to stop abortions from occurring once the baby can feel pain and the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which cuts federal funding to Planned Parenthood as long as they provide abortions and redirects those funds to community health centers.

Defend Marriage & Traditional Values

Congressman McHenry is a vocal and effective advocate for traditional values.  In fact, the non-partisan National Journal publication rated Patrick McHenry as sharing the most conservative voting record in Congress on family values issues.  The Family Research Council presented Congressman McHenry with its “True Blue” Award for his defense of traditional values.

Marriage, family and community are not just catch phrases; they are the backbone of American society. Sadly, however, there is an organized effort by the radical left to destroy our traditional American culture. America is an inclusive nation and we respect other cultures and traditions, but we must defend what is sacred and unique to America.

2nd Amendment 

Congressman McHenry strongly supports the Second Amendment to the Constitution.  He has continually defended the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase, use, and keep personal firearms.  Congressman McHenry is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Patrick McHenry co-signed an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the District of Columbia’s gun ban.  The Court’s ruling shared the view of Congressman McHenry that the right to bear arms is, in fact, an individual right.
Congressman McHenry has introduced legislation in the 114th Congress that would stop the Obama Administration from implementing a ban on popular ammunition. My bill, HR 1365 – The Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act – prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from banning popular types of AR-15 ammunition that millions of sportsmen and enthusiast use.

Gun control laws only endanger honest citizens. Criminals are not deterred by additional rules and regulations prohibiting gun ownership. Strict enforcement of existing laws and expanding programs such as Project Exile in Richmond, Virginia are the keys to reducing gun violence in the United States.

Congressman McHenry is currently a co-sponsor of legislation that will protect Second Amendment rights, including the SAFE Act and National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, allowing for concealed carry reciprocity among states.

Small Business 

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, creating more than 70% of all new jobs in the United States. Prior to serving in Congress, Patrick McHenry was a small businessman.  He understands the issues that affect the success or failure of these ventures. In the 114th Congress, he introduced HR 1839 – the Reforming Access for Investments in Startup Enterprises Act of 2015.

First, we need to have a system of taxation that encourages investment and entrepreneurship. Currently, small businesses are penalized by the tax code, costing us jobs and opportunity for growth.  Congressman McHenry supports a permanent repeal of the death tax – which disproportionately affects small businesses and family farms.

Small businesses are also impacted by the rising cost of providing health care to employees. Congressman McHenry also supported HR 1624 – the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act – which exempts businesses with 51 to 100 employees from being subjected to Obamacare.

While lawsuit abuse increases the cost of healthcare, it also puts small businesses at risk of being named in frivolous lawsuits.  As a result, small businesses are less willing and able to provide benefits and job security to employees.

Federal regulations are tilted in favor of big corporations, making it virtually impossible for small businesses to compete with larger entities. These small businesses need help, not complex regulations that make compliance expensive and time-consuming. Only by leveling the playing field can we help small business grow, prosper, and create jobs.

Strengthen Social Security 

Patrick McHenry believes that every older and middle-aged American must receive the Social Security benefits to which they are entitled.

Social Security has served Americans well for generations, and we must take proper steps to ensure that the program remains solvent for future generations.  But the program was designed in 1935, is broken, and unless Congress acts Social Security will be in serious trouble. In the 1950s, there were 16 workers supporting every retiree on Social Security.  Currently, there are only 3.1 workers per retiree, and when the baby boomers retire, there will be only two workers supporting every Social Security recipient.

As the program currently exists, it will go completely bankrupt in 2034, and Social Security disability insurance program will be unable to fulfill its obligations beginning next year.  The Congressman believes in transforming and modernizing the Social Security system – as many industrialized countries have done – to allow younger workers to control a portion of their Social Security taxes into a nest egg that they can pass on to their children and grandchildren.  Just like federal workers invest their pensions into safe market options, younger workers should be able to do the same.  This will keep the system solvent for decades to come.

The 60 Plus Association presented Congressman McHenry with its “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” award.

Tax Relief 

Congressman McHenry believes in lowering the tax burden on American workers, families and small businesses. As a Member of Congress, and previously as a State Representative in North Carolina, he has never voted for a tax increase.  That’s why Patrick McHenry is recognized as a “Hero of the Taxpayer” by Americans for Tax Reform.

The complex U.S. tax code, which penalizes working families and small businesses, must be simplifed and reformed.  All options, except tax increases, should be on the table.  In the meantime, Congressman supports permanently eliminating the death tax, reforming the alternative minimum tax, allowing tax-free savings for working Amnericans, and enabling small businesses to fully deduct their expenses.
Congressman McHenry voted to extend the Bush era tax cuts in 2010. This protected hard working Americans from across-the-board increases in federal income taxes, higher taxes on retirement and pension accounts, a 50% reduction in the child tax credit, and return of the marriage tax penalty. He also voted against a tax increase favored by President Obama in 2013.

Trade Policy

Few issues are more important to Western North Carolina than U.S. trade policy. International trade must be fair: When a foreign country’s industries export goods to the United States, we must require that they allow our American industries to have access to their markets. Otherwise, the only thing we ship overseas are American jobs.

That is why Congressman McHenry voted against the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).  As a freshman Member of Congress at the time, Patrick McHenry withstood tremendous pressure from his party and corporate lobbyists to vote against CAFTA.  He was one of only 27 Republicans to do so.

CAFTA and previous trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been disastrous for North Carolina manufacturing industries like textiles and furniture.  When NAFTA went into effect in 1994, the hope was that new markets for American products would be opened in Mexico and that increased trade would benefit both countries.  Instead, many Mexican markets remained closed and cheap Mexican labor stole American jobs.  North Carolina was hit harder than any state, losing over 200,000 jobs and counting.
In the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, Congressman McHenry has worked tirelessly with North Carolina’s textile, furniture, and other manufacturers and the United States Trade Representative to ensure that they receive fair treatment. If TPP puts Western North Carolina industry and workers at a disadvantage, Congressman McHenry will not support it.

He has been a tireless supporter of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which helps workers who lose their jobs to trade get back on their feet.

Infrastructure & Transportation

One of the key components of economic investment, development, and growth is adequate infrastructure, including roads and highways.  Western North Carolina’s infrastructure projects have historically been underfunded by the state and federal government.

Congressman McHenry has worked to secure federal funding for infrastructure projects in the Tenth District, including $661,333 to fund construction on Highway 321, $2.4 million to help fund construction of Highway 74 Bypass, $1.3 million to complete the new Highway 16, and $800,000 to fund construction of Highway 150.

North Carolina is a donor state – meaning we send more money to Washington, D.C. through federal fuel taxes than we receive back in federal funding. Congressman McHenry is fighting to increase the minimum guarantee from the federal government to North Carolina – thereby increasing the potential funding for road projects in Western North Carolina.

Veteran Affairs 

A Veterans Administration (VA) clinic was first proposed in 1992 to improve the quality of health care for veterans of the Tenth District.  Upon arriving in Congress in 2005, Patrick McHenry built bipartisan support to cut the bureaucratic red tape that had stalled the project for years.   The Congressman brought the Secretary of Veterans Affairs into his office to make the case for expediting a VA clinic in Hickory, NC.

With relentless pressure and persuasion, the clinic was finally approved and opened its doors on June 4, 2008.  In its first phase, the VA clinic is serving 5,500 local veterans and is staffed by 39 full-time health care personnel and 5 primary care physicians.

The Hickory CBOC moved to a larger facility (23,000 Sq. Ft..) on Tate Blvd in June of 2010.   The Clinic serves 8,200 veterans with 57 full-time staff.  The staff includes nine providers in primary care, nine providers in mental health, two providers for eye care. two providers in audiology, one provider for home-based primary care, and features an on-site lab.

Since the opening of the Hickory CBOC, a new outpatient clinic opened in Rutherford County; and the Charlotte VA  Clinic was moved to a newly built mega- facility on University  East Drive in Charlotte.

Congressman McHenry was recognized by the North Carolina Chapters of the American Legion and Marine Corps League for his work in getting the VA clinic opened.

Patrick McHenry helped pass the modernized and more generous GI Bill.  The new GI Bill provides qualified veterans with the equivalent of four years of college education at a state university.  Congressman McHenry supported a provision in the bill that allows benefits to be transferable to spouses and children.

Congressman McHenry has worked tirelessly to end the systemic crisis facing the VA.  In 2014, following revelations of schedule manipulations by the Phoenix VA, Congressman McHenry called for Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to resign.

Following this crisis, Congressman McHenry supported and helped pass the negotiated bill between the House of Representatives and the Senate that requires the VA to offer non-VA care at the Department’s expense to any enrolled veteran who cannot get an appointment within the VA wait time goals or who lives more than 40 miles away from a VA medical facility.  It would also limit bonuses for VA employees and provide authority for the Secretary to fire or demote senior officials running the VA.  Finally, the legislation requires an independent assessment of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) performance to include recommendations for improvement.  Congressman McHenry also voted to provide $71.5 billion to the VA, as well as additional support for those veterans with TBI.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

During his time in the House, Rep. Meadows has been a known champion for fiscal responsibility, accountable government, pro-growth economic policies, pro-family and pro-life initiatives, and a strong military. Meadows’s office is widely known in North Carolina and on Capitol Hill for providing top notch constituent services—particularly in service of Veterans and military members.

Rep. Meadows has developed a reputation on Capitol Hill as a principled conservative with a unique ability to communicate, negotiate, and find consensus among members with differing opinions.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

During his time in the House, Rep. Meadows has been a known champion for fiscal responsibility, accountable government, pro-growth economic policies, pro-family and pro-life initiatives, and a strong military. Meadows’s office is widely known in North Carolina and on Capitol Hill for providing top notch constituent services—particularly in service of Veterans and military members.

Rep. Meadows has developed a reputation on Capitol Hill as a principled conservative with a unique ability to communicate, negotiate, and find consensus among members with differing opinions.

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About

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Congressman Mark Meadows is in his fourth term in Congress serving North Carolina’s Eleventh District since January of 2013. Meadows ran for Congress after a career in business, accumulating nearly 30 years of work experience as a small business owner.

During his time in the House, Rep. Meadows has been a known champion for fiscal responsibility, accountable government, pro-growth economic policies, pro-family and pro-life initiatives, and a strong military. Meadows’s office is widely known in North Carolina and on Capitol Hill for providing top notch constituent services—particularly in service of Veterans and military members.

Rep. Meadows has developed a reputation on Capitol Hill as a principled conservative with a unique ability to communicate, negotiate, and find consensus among members with differing opinions. Both Democrats and Republicans alike refer to him as a “great leader,” a “listener,” and someone who “doesn’t back down from a fight.” As a result, in just over 5 years in Washington, Meadows has risen to be one of the most influential Members of Congress—and has been called so in multiple profiles and pieces of political commentary.

In 2015, Meadows co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, an influential group consisting of roughly 40 conservative Members of Congress dedicated to giving a voice to those who feel forgotten by their government. Meadows was elected chairman of the caucus in 2016, serving from 2017-2019 — where under his chairmanship, the Freedom Caucus became one of the most powerful conservative caucuses in the US Congress. Meadows led the group through numerous high profile legislative battles, including healthcare reform and tax reform—and as a result, several commentators have labeled the House Freedom Caucus as, under Meadows’ leadership, a group with “new clout in Washington.”

Meadows expertise spans a broad policy portfolio. He served two consecutive terms as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations (2015-2019), with oversight jurisdiction over federal agencies, including the Executive Office of the President, the Postal Service, and more. He also served three terms as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. Meadows was the lead sponsor of H.R. 2297, a landmark bill from the 115th Congress which was signed into law, that harshly sanctioned the terrorist organization Hezbollah by targeting their foreign assets and global criminal operations. Meadows has also been recognized numerous times for his support of Israel, including his leadership of a bipartisan charge to condemn the United Nation’s anti-Israel record fighting back against anti-Israel policies that came to the forefront under the Obama Administration.

Congressman Meadows serves as the lead Republican on two different subcommittees in the 116th Congress: Ranking Member of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations—involving oversight jurisdiction over federal agencies; and Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. Both roles give Rep. Meadows a unique opportunity to shape policy debates directly benefiting western North Carolinians.

Meadows’s leadership on Capitol Hill has been recognized by the American Conservative Union, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Taxpayer Union (NTU), the Military Officers Association of America, the Nature Conservatory, the National Retail Federation, the FreedomWorks “FreedomFighter Award,” and more. He has also previously served as a congressional delegate to the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly and as a commissioner on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Above all, Congressman Meadows is a deeply committed Christian, and someone who has demonstrated a devotion to his faith even in the highest pressure environments. One of his proudest accomplishments to date was his role in helping secure the release of Miriam Ibrahim, an individual who had been imprisoned by the Sudanese government for simply practicing her Christian faith.

Mark and Debbie, have two grown children and one granddaughter.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Manager/ Coordinator
    Tampa Electric
    1983 to 1986
  • Real estate developer
    1990 to present

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1959
Place of Birth: Verdun, France
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian
Spouse:  Debbie Meadows
Children: Blake Meadows, Haley Meadows

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2160 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6401
Fax: (202) 226-6422

Henderson District Office
Main District Office
Henderson County Court House
200 N. Grove Street, Suite 90
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 693-5660
Fax: (828) 693-5603

Web

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Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 11th District

Mark Meadows (R)178,01259.2%
Phillip Price (D)116,50838.7%
Clifton Ingram Jr. (L)6,1462.0%
TOTAL300,666

Finances

MEADOWS, MARK RANDAL has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,897,436.

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Oversight and Reform
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Subcommittees

Government Operations
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
National Security
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
Highways and Transit

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Agriculture

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Defense & National Security 

Maintaining national security is one of the federal government’s primary responsibilities under the Constitution. We must ensure the people of the United States are protected by providing for our common defense. This nation has men and women in uniform stationed around the world with the goal of preserving our way of life. It is critical that our troops have the necessary resources to effectively defend our nation in the 21st century.

While we need to make sure the Department of Defense has the resources to protect our nation, this does not mean they should be written a blank check. With a national debt of more than $20 trillion, Congress needs to be working with our military leaders at the Pentagon to identify wasteful and duplicative programs that can be consolidated or removed in order to ensure our defense budget is being spent responsibly. As a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to guarantee our spending on defense is aiding troops on the ground and keeping our nation safe.

America is currently combating terrorism around the world. We cannot allow another terrorist attack to take place on our soil. Protecting our nation is not something that should be ever taken lightly. I am committed to working to make sure that our military has the capability to meet the modern-day challenges facing our nation.

Drug Pricing 

Over the last few decades, costs of healthcare and prescription drugs have increased at an unprecedented rate. As your representative, I’m deeply concerned about the financial burden this places on Americans and particularly families in western North Carolina. Given the urgency of this issue, I am constantly seeking out bipartisan solutions where both parties can work together to provide relief for families across the country, expanding the supply of prescription drugs and increasing competition in the U.S. market.

I’ve introduced two bills to address underlying problems in the market that contribute to these soaring prices:

H.R.2038 – The State-Based, Market-Oriented, Prescription Drug Negotiations Act of 2019. This bill would lower the costs of prescription drugs by allowing insurers to jointly negotiate prices of prescription drugs purchased from drug manufacturers.
H.R.2209 – The Fixing Global Freeloading Act. This bill would establish a Chief Pharmaceutical Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative responsible for conducting trade negotiations and enforcing trade agreements to ensure that the United States’ pharmaceutical innovations are appropriately rewarded.
I’ve also done bipartisan work on legislation that addresses several important facets that affect the high cost of prescription drugs—resulting in cosponsoring the following legislation:

H.R. 965 – Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act. CREATES aims to stop brand-drug makers from withholding samples that generic drug makers need to pursue U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review and approval.
H.R.2376 – Prescription Pricing for People Act of 2019. This bill requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to study the role of pharmacy benefit managers in the drug supply chain and make recommendations for how to improve transparency and competition.
H.R.2374 – Stop STALLING Act. This bill ends the practice of sham petitions by drugmakers to delay FDA approval of lower-cost generic alternatives.
HR 2375 – The Preserve Access to Affordable Generics and Biosimilars Act is halts anticompetitive agreements between generic and brand name manufacturers. Most recently, the FTC found that even an agreement not to market an authorized generic can be considered a form of reverse payment to delay the entry of generic competition.
H.R.938 – BLOCKING Act of 2019. Currently, federal law awards 180 days of market exclusivity to a drug manufacturer that’s the first to file a generic drug application with the FDA for a drug that doesn’t yet have a generic form. The 180-day exclusivity clock starts as soon as a manufacturer begins marketing the drug. At that point, all other generic competitors are blocked from coming to market. Some manufacturers have been allowed to “park” their 180-day exclusivity application before actually receiving final approval on it, subsequently blocking competition beyond the permitted 180 days. This bill amends Section 505(j)(5)(B)(iv) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to close this anti-competitive, regulatory loophole.

Economy & Jobs 

One of my top priorities is to ensure that the government creates an economic-friendly environment that will spur growth and help rebuild the economy of Western North Carolina and the nation. In order to do so, Congress must prioritize legislation that encourages job creation by keeping taxes low, paying down our national debt, controlling spending and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within our government. Economic growth originates from the hard-working entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, not from Washington. The best thing we can do to reignite job growth in this country is to get the federal government out of the way of the American worker and ensure that the United States remains a top global economic competitor.

I will work hard to pass legislation focusing on empowering small business owners, reforming the tax code, paying down our national debt, fostering domestic energy production and removing burdensome regulations and mandates associated with intrusive government programs.

Education

Having proudly raised two children, I have a personal understanding of the successes and failures of our education system. We need to ensure that we are implementing the appropriate policies to educate the future leaders of our nation.

When it comes to the federal government, I believe this is one of the many areas where less is more. Rather than have government bureaucracy interfering in our schools, I believe we need to return the decision-making responsibility to states and local school boards. The teachers and principals tasked with educating our youth are much more qualified to make decisions on issues like curriculum than bureaucrats in Washington.

North Carolina has a proud legacy of success in higher education. From UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State to Western Carolina University and Appalachian State, our universities, colleges, and community colleges have a bright future ahead. With that said, we need to continue to find ways to keep college affordable and ensure that every North Carolinian has the opportunity to advance their education.

The best way for the federal government to help out in education is to get out of the way. Let’s get our parents involved and promote accountability within the education system. We should be striving, not settling, when it comes to educating our students.

Energy 

With energy prices continuing to rise, it is essential that Congress take bold actions to address our nation’s energy policy. America’s economic health and national security have become increasingly tied to our access to secure and affordable energy. High global demand for oil, coupled with increasing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, continues to push the price of fuel to record levels.

In order to shield ourselves from the volatility of global energy markets, Congress’s number one energy-related priority should be to end our dependence on foreign suppliers. A more balanced energy portfolio, which includes both a robust, domestic oil and natural gas supply and numerous forms of renewable energies, is desperately needed to increase our energy independence. We must pave the way for increased carbon-based energy production by allowing greater drilling access to public lands, eliminating costly EPA regulations and investing in technological research to improve our energy production capabilities. In addition, we must always take advantage of opportunities to access sources of energy in neighboring countries, such as Canada.

Federal Budget & National Debt 

am deeply concerned about our nation’s fiscal situation and recognize the danger it poses to our economic well-being and national security. Today, out of control federal spending and excessive borrowing poses a serious threat to the long-term stability of the U.S. economy. At a time when strong leadership is needed in the White House, President Obama continues to fail to heed the warnings of economists and the desire of the American people to reduce government spending and balance the budget. With the national debt at over $20 trillion, the consequences of allowing our spending problems to continue to go unresolved are extremely dire.

In order to put us back on a path to budgetary balance and economic prosperity, we must offer bold solutions that tackle the drivers of the debt, including major reforms to our federal budget, tax code and entitlement systems. I will do everything in my power to rein in wasteful spending, fraud and abuse and push for tough reforms to ensure that we get our government’s fiscal house in order. I believe Congress must fulfill its responsibility to the taxpayers by being good stewards of their money. In order to do so, we will face some difficult choices, but the taxpayers should expect and desire nothing less from their representatives.

Health Care 

Reforming healthcare is critical to the future of our nation. With healthcare costs rising to record levels over the past twenty years, it is vitally important that we implement cost-control solutions. President Obama’s healthcare bill, the Affordable Care Act, does nothing to drive down the rising costs of healthcare and instead promotes more bureaucracy, more regulations, increased taxes, and less patient choice.

I believe we need to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with real solutions that will actually help lower the cost of healthcare and leave the medical decisions to be made between a patient and their doctor, where it belongs. This starts with medical malpractice reform that protects the medical community from frivolous lawsuits and focuses on patient safety. We need to allow individuals and small businesses to group together to purchase the same health insurance plans as our larger employees. In addition, we should be allowing individuals and businesses purchase health insurance across state lines to promote competition within the health insurance market.

I am committed to repealing President Obama’s healthcare bill and replacing it with commonsense solutions that will improve healthcare quality while bringing down costs.

Immigration 

Throughout our nation’s history, legal immigrants have blessed the United States with talent, diversity and an expanding labor force that has been crucial in sustaining periods of robust economic growth. Restrained legal immigration is essential in maintaining our nation’s industrial capacity, technological edge and global competitiveness. However, illegal immigration puts tremendous strain on many of our nation’s resources, displaces American workers, threatens national security and makes a mockery out of our judicial system.

I believe immigration reform must, first and foremost, encompass a significant plan to secure and gain operational control of our borders, strengthen workplace enforcement and implement effective visa tracking capabilities. We must crack down on illegal immigration and enforce our current immigration laws, but until we enact measures to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders, any reforms addressing the problem of illegals currently residing in the United States are impractical. Citizenship in this country is something to be valued, and I intend to fight to preserve that value.

Life 

I believe that human life is sacred – beginning at conception and ending in natural death. Based on this principle, I am strongly opposed to any policies that advocate for abortion or use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion providers. As a pro-life advocate, regardless of the politics, I will always fight to preserve and protect life.

Social Security & Medicare

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be at the center of any serious proposal to return spending to sustainable levels. These programs represent over 40 percent of all government spending. Social Security works by taxing today’s workers to pay for today’s retirees. The money current retirees “paid in” during their working years went to pay their parent’s benefits, not to pay their own. In the 1960s, there were sixteen workers paying into Social Security for every person receiving benefits. Today, that number has dropped to just above three workers for each beneficiary. This decline in population growth is what will deplete the “trust fund” and cause Social Security to become insolvent by 2042.

Medicare faces much the same population driven problems as Social Security. Their long-term solvency, however, is further weakened by the new healthcare law’s $500 billion cuts to Medicare. These programs continue to promise more in benefits to more Americans than they are capable of sustaining with current payroll taxes.

Without reform, both Social Security and Medicare will be unable to fully meet their promises to the next generation of retirees and will enslave future generations with debt. I do not support seriously proposing radical changes to current or soon-to-be retirees’ benefits. But if we are to continue providing these safety-nets for Americans in need we must renegotiate expectations with younger Americans. This could include increasing the retirement age for those just starting their careers, raising or eliminating the cap on payroll taxes for higher wage earners and creating incentives for personal retirement and health care savings.

We must ensure that Social Security and Medicare are sustainable and seniors who depend on them are protected. I promise to work with my colleagues in Congress to get these programs back on track so they are available in the future for all Americans.

Tax Reform 

Having spent the majority of my life in the private sector, I fully understand the tax burden born by American workers, families and small businesses. In order to address our current fiscal crisis, we must get serious about tax reform and abandon the idea that simply raising taxes on Americans will solve our economic problems. Families and small businesses in North Carolina’s 11th district are already forced to live under the strains of a stagnant economy. Asking our communities to foot the bill for our federal government’s inefficient and unrestrained spending is simply wrong.

Instead of supplementing higher spending with higher taxes, Congress needs to get serious about cutting spending and making our tax code competitive and simple. Our current tax code is almost four million words long and contains thousands of deductions, credits and exemptions that result in an incredibly inefficient and costly system. I support a simplified tax code that not only eliminates loopholes but also reduces overall rates. America has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, creating a major disincentive for both domestic and foreign companies to invest here at home. Across-the-board tax code simplification and rate reductions will create greater certainty and the kind of economic boost that our nation desperately needs.

Now more than ever, North Carolina families should be allowed to keep more of their money. Our current tax policy is broken and raising taxes only contributes to the problem. While I continue to support legislation to stop tax hikes and close loopholes, large scale reform of our nation’s tax code must be our ultimate goal.

Veterans 

Honoring the veterans who have defended our nation is of the utmost importance. To sacrifice life and limb to defend our freedoms and way of life demands our gratitude and respect.

We must ensure we are keeping the promises made to veterans by protecting the benefits they have earned. Further, for those veterans who have recently transitioned back to the general workforce, we need to promote policies which make these men and women competitive in the private-sector economy.

With thousands of veterans in North Carolina’s 11th District, I look forward to supporting policies which preserve the benefits they have earned while fighting to protect our freedom.

 

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Alma AdamsAlma Adams

Current Position: US Representative for District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services).

One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

Source: Government page

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Current Position: US Representative for District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services).

One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

Source: Government page

About

Alma Adams 1

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Dr. Alma S. Adams was elected to her third full term representing the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina on November 6, 2018. After winning a special election in November 2014, Congresswoman Adams was sworn in immediately as the 100th woman elected to the 113th Congress.

 

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services). One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

 

Representative Adams has previously served on the Joint Economic Committee and in several leadership positions including Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Vice Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, and ranking member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulation. The Congresswoman is a co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus with Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus to promote bipartisan legislation that supports HBCUs and their graduates. Since its inception, the caucus has:

Coordinated the Diversity & Tech program, which fosters engagement, collaboration, and partnership between fortune 500 companies, government and industry leaders, and HBCUs.
Fostered additions to the Farm Bill, which includes 40 million dollars to HBCUs for scholarships, funding for newly established centers of excellence in agriculture, and additional funding for agricultural research and cooperative extension for 1890 land grant universities.
Established the annual HBCU Braintrust, which allows faculty, staff and students from historically black colleges to visit the nation’s capital to promote their institutions with government officials and corporate leaders.
She is also a part of the Women’s Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Autism Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Progressive Education Caucus, Historic Preservation Caucus, AIDS/HIV Caucus, Hunger Caucus, Medicaid Expansion Caucus, and the Art Caucus.

 

Throughout her career, Representative Adams has promoted quality education for all students, spearheading numerous pieces of legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has also introduced legislation to provide nutritious breakfast in schools and supports increased pay for teachers. For 40 years, Dr. Adams taught Art at Bennett College. While at Bennett, she led the effort to increase student civic participation coining the phrase “Bennett Belles are Voting Belles” and organizing annual marches to the polls. As a former educator, Rep. Adams has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young people and her community. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal, the highest award presented by her alma mater to an individual who fights against social injustice and helps improve the world.

 

In 1994, Dr. Adams was appointed by her peers to serve in the North Carolina House District 26 seat. She went on to serve ten terms in the state House. During her tenure, she rose to become the chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus and was instrumental in passing legislation that improved the climate for quality affordable health care in the state. Representative Adams also pioneered the Displaced Homemakers Bill and successfully spearheaded the state’s first minimum wage increase in nine years.

 

Before serving as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, Congresswoman Adams served nine years on the Greensboro City Council. Throughout her service to the second district in Greensboro, Dr. Adams worked to create safe and affordable housing and for the revitalization of neighbors. She began her political career in the 1980’s by becoming the first African American woman ever elected to the Greensboro City School Board. It was then that she made a lifetime commitment to effecting social change in her community and beyond.

 

Congresswoman Adams has one daughter, Linda Jeanelle Lindsay, one son Billy E. Adams II, and four grandchildren: Joslyn Lindsay, Aaron Lindsay, Billy E. Adams III, and Miracle Sumner. Adams graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1968 and received her master’s degree in Art Education in 1972. She earned her Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1981.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Faculty
    Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.
    1972 to 2012
  • Member
    Greensboro, N.C., School Board
    1984 to 1986
  • Member
    Greensboro, N.C., City Council
    1987 to 1994

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1946
Place of Birth: High Point, NC
Gender: Female
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Children: Linda Jeanelle Lindsay, Billy E. Adams

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Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
222 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3312
Phone: 202-225-1510
Fax: 202-225-1512

Charlotte District Office
801 E Morehead Street
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-344-9950
Fax: 704-344-9971

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 12 District

Alma Adams (D)203,97473.1%
Paul Wright (R)75,16426.9%
TOTAL279,138

Finances

ADAMS, ALMA has run in 14 races for public office, winning 14 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,124,492.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on Education and Labor
House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittees

Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations
Workforce Protections
Higher Education and Workforce Investment
Diversity and Inclusion

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Standing up for Women

“I will always fight for a woman’s right to choose and the right to privacy. Reproductive issues are medical related issues and they should be kept private between a woman and her doctor.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams’ support for women’s reproductive rights is widely known throughout the district, the state and perhaps nationally. Alma has led the way as the key spokesperson in the NC General Assembly on this issue. She has been clear in all of her comments that women should make the choice about their body and that a woman cannot call herself free if she does not own and control her own body.

Now, more than ever, American households are relying on women for their primary source of income – and yet our country still pays women only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. While Congress took an important step in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act, there is much more we need to do to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. In Congress, Alma will fight to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to make it easier for women to know when they are being discriminated against and to prevent big corporations from retaliating against women who ask questions.

Improving Public Education

“As a retired educator I have seen first-hand the impact a great education can have on a young person’s life. I will always be a champion for public schools, our teachers, and our children.” – Alma Adams
Education has always been a top priority to Alma Adams. As a retired educator, Alma knows quality education opens up opportunities for anyone to live the American Dream. Alma has relentlessly fought against the reckless cuts to our public education system in North Carolina.

Alma Adams will always stand up and fight for our public schools. She knows a good public education is an American value, and she will work to provide a good public education for everyone.

Adams opposes any school voucher program. She will always fight for the public schools to get the funding they need and deserve so everyone can have access to a quality education.

Alma understands the challenges facing public education as well as anyone. She knows it is getting harder and harder for students to attend colleges and universities. In Congress, Alma will work to provide more scholarships and reduce the rates on student loans. She will also help reduce the debt for current and immediate past students who are struggling to pay off their loans.

Providing Affordable & Quality Healthcare

“Health insurance needs to be affordable and available for everyone, not just the wealthy. I will always fight to improve the access, level of care, and affordability of health care.” – Alma Adams
Everyone should have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act has moved us further in that direction. Alma Adams supports prohibiting insurance companies denying coverage for preexisting conditions. She also supports allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance policy until the age of 26.

The focus on preventive care services is vital to improving our health as well as lowering medical bills. Alma encourages routine check-ups, and she supports a no-copay policy for regular preventative care services.

Preventative care for women is certainly important to Alma. She supports increasing access to women’s health clinics to provide mammograms, cervical screenings, other preventative services, and family planning.

Health insurance needs to be affordable and available for everyone. That’s why Alma supports government discounts for insurance based upon income. She also supports tax incentives for small businesses that provide coverage for their employees.

Strengthen Middle Class

“We must strengthen the middle class in order to build a stronger American economy.” – Alma Adams
Creating and retaining good paying jobs should be the primary focus in Congress. There are things we need to do in order to strengthen and protect the middle class right here in North Carolina.

We must invest in public education and job training programs so businesses can hire a skilled work force. We must also invest in our infrastructure which would put Americans back to work building highways, bridges, railways, and ports that are critical in a global economy.

Small businesses and the middle class are the backbone of our economy. They need the resources to compete. We need to give small businesses tax cuts so they can create jobs. They also need easier access to borrowing power so they can expand their businesses and invest in people.

Women and minorities need to be given more opportunities and resources to succeed in the business world.

Alma has always been a strong advocate for the middle class. A strong middle class means a stronger American economy. She supports giving more tax cuts to the middle class and raising the minimum wage – indexing it to the rate of inflation. By putting more money in the hands of hard working Americans, companies can sell more products, appliances, cars, and other items that will continue to spur our economic growth.

Protecting Seniors 

“We must keep our promise to our seniors in the form Medicare and Social Security. I’ll fight against any attempt to privatize Social Security or defund Medicare.” – Alma Adams
Keeping our promise to our seniors in the form of Medicare and Social Security should be a top priority. They have paid into these programs their entire working lives so we cannot raid the benefits which they have already earned.

In Congress, Alma Adams will be an outspoken advocate for protecting and funding Social Security and Medicare.

FIGHTING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

“It’s time for Congress to act, restore the Voting Rights Act, and take action to prevent voter disenfranchisement. As your next Congresswoman, I will stand up to the extremists in the Republican Party to ensure civil rights are protected for everyone.” – Alma Adams
We must do more for civil rights pertaining to all minorities, women, and the LGBT community. Alma is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act in Congress, and strongly opposes House Bill 2.

The number one concern at the federal level is the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned critical sections of the Voting Rights Act.

Specifically Congress needs to rework section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 so that current section 5 (still existing) can be applicable. Section 4 sets out the criteria that was necessary for the Voting Rights Act to be implemented, and since changes have occurred in voting patterns since the act was implemented the criteria needs to be revisited and reworked.

Alma Adams will address the voter suppression efforts that have been rampant throughout our country as well. We need to ensure everyone has a chance to vote without fear or intimidation.

Giving Workers a Fair Chance 

“Throughout our history, America’s patriots have always put our country first – and have made this country the best place on earth to live, work, worship, and raise our families. It’s time we had that same patriotic spirit in our economy and our trade deals – so that American companies are encouraged to create jobs right here, rather than overseas.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams will oppose any unfair trade deals and will work to stop giving away high paying manufacturing jobs to foreign countries while our families here are struggling.

Adams will always ensure American workers are given a fair chance to succeed in today’s economy.

Protecting our Environment

We must protect our most precious resource, our environment, for future generations.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams received the highest grade of 100 from the League of Conservation Voters in their most recent legislative score card. Alma will always work to protect our land and water resources. We must do more to combat climate change. I’ll support investing in more renewable energy sources and green technology. We can even create new jobs while taking steps to protect our environment.

Reducing Poverty 

“The assault on the working class and the poor is appalling and it needs to stop. I will work hard every day to combat poverty. We must do more lift our fellow brothers and sisters up.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams will stand up to the Tea Party Republicans who want to cut unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other programs designed to help the poor and working families. These programs are a hand up not a hand out.

Alma will work to make available a quality education to everyone. A good education can lead to a good job and better opportunities to provide for families. Congress needs to increase the amount of need based scholarships. An affordable education provides the opportunity for everyone to have a chance to live the American Dream.

Over 16% of North Carolinians live below the poverty level, nearly two points higher than the national average. And in many communities this number is higher still. Alma will work to lift these individuals out of poverty and help them find the good paying jobs they need to support their families.

As a retired educator, Alma Adams understands that fighting poverty begins with a good education. Education is the key to North Carolina’s future. Our investments in our public schools, colleges, and job training programs should be second to none.

Alma Adams will always work ensure that everyone in has the ability to make a living wage that is capable of supporting their families. In the NC General Assembly she led the fight to raise the minimum wage. As a Congresswoman, Alma will also sponsor increasing the minimum wage nationally.

“As a proud parent, I know how tough it can be balancing work and family responsibilities. We must do more to help our working families succeed both at work and at home.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams supports expanding benefits for our workers. The top priority must be expanding and strengthening our paid family leave laws in this country. Currently the U.S. ranks near the bottom of industrialized nations in terms of its family leave, and even the laws we do have on the books are not enough to keep many people from falling through the cracks.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is an important piece of legislation, but Alma would like to see companies offer family leave benefits beyond the FMLA. Alma believes we need to set the standard for paid parental leave around the world.

Alma will also work to increase the availability of affordable child care services.

Combating Crime 

“We must do more to combat rising crime rates in America. It starts by having some common sense gun laws.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams wants to make sure law enforcement and first responders have adequate resources to protect its citizens. At the same time, Congress must do something to counter the easy access to deadly weapons to criminals and others who could do us harm.

Gun control legislation is essential to fighting crime, protecting our citizens, and reducing dangers our law enforcement face each day. Congress needs to ban certain high powered assault weapons, close the gun show loophole, require background checks for purchases of firearms, and improve the tracking of firearms in our country.

 

 

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Ted BuddTed Budd

Current Position: US Representative for District 13 since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Ted brings an outsider’s perspective to Washington having never held elective office. When an opportunity presented itself after redistricting opened up North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, Ted decided to run and offered to bring a different perspective to our nation’s capital.

Ted sits on the Financial Services Committee where he uses his real world experience to roll back the restrictive regulations that strangle job creation in this country. Working at a young age for his family’s janitorial and landscaping business, Ted learned the importance of work ethic and common sense decision making.

Source: Government page

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for District 13 since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Ted brings an outsider’s perspective to Washington having never held elective office. When an opportunity presented itself after redistricting opened up North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, Ted decided to run and offered to bring a different perspective to our nation’s capital.

Ted sits on the Financial Services Committee where he uses his real world experience to roll back the restrictive regulations that strangle job creation in this country. Working at a young age for his family’s janitorial and landscaping business, Ted learned the importance of work ethic and common sense decision making.

Source: Government page

About

Ted Budd 1

Source: Government page

Ted Budd represents North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District and is serving his second term in the 116th United States Congress.

Ted brings an outsider’s perspective to Washington having never held elective office. When an opportunity presented itself after redistricting opened up North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, Ted decided to run and offered to bring a different perspective to our nation’s capital.

Ted sits on the Financial Services Committee where he uses his real world experience to roll back the restrictive regulations that strangle job creation in this country. Working at a young age for his family’s janitorial and landscaping business, Ted learned the importance of work ethic and common sense decision making.

Ted and his wife Amy Kate have three children and live in Davie County, NC. As a strong Christian family man, Ted is worried about the direction our nation is heading and looks forward to working in Washington to create a better country for the next generation.

He holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Investment Analyst
  • Business Owner

    Gun store in Rural Hall, North Carolina.

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1971
Place of Birth: Winston-Salem, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Amy Kate

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
118 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4531

I 40 Office
128 Peachtree Lane Suite A
Advance, NC 27006
Phone: 336-998-1313

Guilford Office
1208 Eastchester Drive, Suite 203
High Point, NC 27265
Phone: 336-858-5013

Web

Government Page, Twitter, Facebook, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 13th District

Ted Budd (R)147,57051.5%
Kathy Manning (D)130,40245.5%
Tom Bailey (L)5,5131.9%
Robert Corriher (G)2,8311.0%
TOTAL286,316

Finances

BUDD, THEODORE PAUL (TED) has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,149,262.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittees

Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions
Diversity and Inclusion

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Source: Government page

Economy 

North Carolina’s economy has become stifled due to a bloated federal government. As a member serving on the Financial Services Committee I will fight to ensure that I eliminate the stifling regulations that create roadblocks and keep North Carolina businesses from thriving.
Education

Providing an opportunity for our children to receive the education they deserve is key to a successful future. As a father of three children, who are homeschooled, I strongly believe that parents, not Washington, should be in control of their children’s futures.

Energy

For more information concerning work and views related to Energy, please contact our office.

Health

The Affordable Healthcare Act restricts options and is costing North Carolinians thousands of dollars. It’s time to repeal Obamacare and provide Americans a healthcare that focuses on the patient first.

Veterans 

The men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom deserve the utmost respect. I will defend and fight to ensure that they receive the care and attention they deserve.

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