Current Position: US Representative for NC District 7 since 2015
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2009 – 2013
Not long ago, President Biden supported the Hyde Amendment. But now, Democrats want to eliminate it. We must protect this long-standing, bipartisan policy that has saved nearly 2.5 million lives and stops taxpayer money from being used to fund abortion. #HydeSavesLives
CPAC 2019 – Rep. David Rouzer (NC-07)
Government Website – September 24, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3755, legislation to preempt almost all state and federal restrictions on abortions:
“It is our moral obligation to fight for and protect the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves – the lives of those who are no different than our own. I strongly oppose the extreme abortion bill brought to the House floor today that allows abortion for any reason, at any stage of pregnancy, even until right before birth. This bill removes commonsense protections for women and children, overrides most state and federal pro-life laws, and prioritizes the agenda of the abortion industry. I’m proud to uphold the value of every life and will continue fighting to protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Source: Government page
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.
United States Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina
1996 to 2000
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
North Carolina State University
Birth Year: 1972
Place of Birth: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany
Religion: Christian: Baptist
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
Bolivia, NC 28422
Phone: (910) 253-6111
Fax: (910) 253-6114
Johnston County Office
4001 US Hwy. 301 S.
Four Oaks, NC 27524
Phone: (919) 938-3040
Fax: (919) 938-3540
New Hanover County Office
201 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: (910) 395-0202
Fax: (910) 395-0209
David Cheston Rouzer (//; born February 16, 1972) is an American politician who is the U.S. representative for North Carolina’s 7th congressional district. Previously he was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, representing Johnston County and Wayne County in the 12th district of the North Carolina Senate.
Early life, education, and business career
Rouzer attended North Carolina State University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. In 1994, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in agricultural business management, agricultural economics, and chemistry. Rouzer is also a graduate of the Fund for American Studies‘ Institutes on Business and Government Affairs and American Economic and Political Systems.
Rouzer has been a small business owner of The Rouzer Company and the Warehouse Distribution. From 2001 to 2002, he was assistant to the dean at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. From 2005 to 2006, he was an associate-rural administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Early political career
From 1996 to 2001, Rouzer was a legislative aid and Senior Policy Adviser for U.S. Senators Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole. In 2000, he ran for North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture and lost the Republican primary.
North Carolina Senate
In 2008, incumbent Republican State Senator Fred Smith decided to retire in order to run for governor of North Carolina. Rouzer ran for Smith’s old seat and defeated Nena Reeves in the Republican primary, 68%–32%. In the general election, he defeated Kay Carroll, 52%–48%. In 2010, he was reelected with 70% of the vote.
He worked on strengthening laws allowing youths to obtain driver’s licenses. He was also a proponent of the 2012 “sea-level rise” legislation that sought to mandate that only historical data be used to predict future trends.
Rouzer favors repealing the Affordable Care Act. In his 2012 campaign he released a TV ad in which his grandmother promised that he would not cut Medicare if elected. He believes immigrants should be fluent in English before being granted U.S. citizenship. He is pro-life.
In his four years, he has sponsored 17 bills that have become signed into law.
- Standing/Select Committees
- Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources (Co-chairman)
- Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources (Co-chairman)
- Health Care
- Judiciary I
- Program Evaluation
- Select Committee on UNC Board of Governors
- Non-Standing Committees
- Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission (Chairman)
- Consolidated Environmental Commission Committee
- Joint Legislative Task Force on Diabetes Prevention and Awareness
- Environmental Review Commission (Chairman)
- Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology
- Joint Regulatory Reform Committee (Chairman)
- Revenue Laws Study Committee
- Joint Select Committee on Tornado Damage Response 
U.S. House of Representatives
After Republican-controlled redistricting, Rouzer gave up his State Senate seat to run in the newly redrawn North Carolina’s 7th congressional district and challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre. His home in Johnston County had been drawn into the district; it had previously been in the 2nd District. In the Republican primary, Rouzer defeated both 2010 nominee Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow, but won just four of the district’s twelve counties: Johnston (82%), Sampson (49%), Lenoir (43%), and Hoke (38%). His margin in Johnston County, the second-largest in the reconfigured district, was enough for him to win.
After an official tabulation showed that Rouzer had lost the election to McIntyre by 655 votes, Rouzer asked for a recount on November 21, 2012. After the recount, Rouzer conceded the race to McIntyre on November 28. It was the closest House race in the country. Mitt Romney carried the district with 56% of the vote.
Rouzer ran for the 7th district again in 2014. McIntyre retired rather than face a rematch. Most pundits believed that with McIntyre’s retirement, the seat would be an easy GOP pickup. Even before his near miss in 2012, the 7th had been trending Republican for some time.
Rouzer won the general election with almost 60% of the vote. Upon taking office in January 2015, he became only the second Republican to represent a significant portion of eastern North Carolina in the House since Reconstruction.
After court-ordered redistricting, Rouzer’s district was made slightly more compact. It lost most of its share of Johnston County and was pushed slightly to the east, picking up all of Wilmington–long the district’s largest city–as well as Goldsboro. Rouzer was unopposed for the Republican nomination and defeated Democrat J. Wesley Casteen in the general election with 60.9% of the vote.
Rouzer won a third term to Congress with 55.5% of the vote over Democratic nominee Kyle Horton and Constitution Party nominee David Fallin, his narrowest margin of victory so far. Before the election, he sold his home in Benson and bought one in Wilmington, saying it was “a reflection of where I spend the vast majority of my time.”
Rouzer defeated Democratic nominee Christopher Ward with about 60% of the vote.
Rouzer was sworn into office on January 3, 2015, for the 114th Congress. As of May 2019, he had sponsored 24 pieces of legislation during his tenure, of which 2 became public law. He also coauthored (with U.S. Senator Thom Tillis) a provision to the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act that gave authority to the United States Secretary of the Interior to designate a World War II Heritage city each year. The provision went into effect when the legislation was signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2019. Wilmington was expected to be among the first designated Heritage Cities.
In 2015, Rouzer cosponsored an amendment to amend the US constitution to ban same-sex marriage. 
In December 2020, Rouzer was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
- Committee on Transport and Infrastructure
- Committee on Agriculture
Texas vs. Pennsylvania
After the 2020 presidential election, Rouzer was among 126 House Republicans who supported Texas v. Pennsylvania, a December 2020 lawsuit that asked the Supreme Court to overturn Biden’s electoral victories in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined other State Attorneys General in opposing Texas’s suit, saying “This suit seeks to overturn the will of the people by throwing out the votes of tens of millions of Americans.” The Supreme Court denied Texas’s motion for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. On January 6, 2021, Rouzer was one of 147 Republican lawmakers who objected to the certification of electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election just hours after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol forcing an emergency recess of Congress.
- “David Rouzer”. The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina). October 25, 2008. p. G22.
- “About David Rouzer”. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
- “Voter’s Guide”. The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina). May 3, 2014. p. 9E.
- “David Rouzer’s Biography – The Voter’s Self Defense System”. Vote Smart. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “NC State Senate 12 – R Primary Race – May 06, 2008”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “NC State Senate 12 Race – Nov 04, 2008”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “NC State Senate 012 Race – Nov 02, 2010”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “David Rouzer (R)”. Election 2012. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- “Rouzer’s grandmother, cousins promise no Medicare cuts in new TV ad”. News & Observer. McClatchy Newspapers. September 11, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Gannon, Patrick. “Fact check – Flaws in McIntyre-Rouzer debate claims”. StarNewsOnline.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “North Carolina General Assembly – Senator () Committee Assignments (2015-2016 Session)”. Ncga.state.nc.us. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “Member List”. Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
- “North Carolina State Board of Elections : State Wide Primary Election : 2012”. Results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “NC District 07- R Primary Race – May 08, 2012”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- “North Carolina: GOP Nominee Attacks Mike McIntyre in 7th District – At the Races”. Atr.rollcall.com. May 10, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- Buckland, Tim (October 12, 2018). “Rouzer, citing workload, moves to Wilmington”. Star-News.
- McGrath, Gareth (November 3, 2020). “NC election results: Rouzer wins fourth term in US House”. Wilmington StarNews.
- “Representative David Rouzer”. United States Congress. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
- “After bill passage, Wilmington expected to be among first designated as WWII Heritage City”. WECT News 6. March 12, 2019. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
- Huelskamp, Tim (February 12, 2015). “Cosponsors – H.J.Res.32 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): Marriage Protection Amendment”. www.congress.gov. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
- “List: The 126 House members, 19 states and 2 imaginary states that backed Texas’ challenge to Trump defeat”. The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. December 15, 2020.
- Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). “Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- “Order in Pending Case” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
- “Here Are the Names of 126 Members of the House Who Refuse to Accept That Biden Won”.
- https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/22/22O155/163550/20201211132250339_Texas%20v.%20Pennsylvania%20Amicus%20Brief%20of%20126%20Representatives%20–%20corrected.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- “North Carolina AG opposes Texas election lawsuit”.
- https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/121120zr_p860.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). “The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
- Congressman David Rouzer official U.S. House website
- David Rouzer for Congress
- David Rouzer at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
2018 US Senator for 7th District
|David Rouzer (R)||156,809||55.5%|
|Kyle Horton (D)||120,838||42.8%|
|David Fallin ()||4,665||1.7%|
2016 US Senator for 7th District
|David Rouzer (R)||211,801||60.9%|
|J. Wesley Casteen (D)||135,905||39.1%|
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
See: Vote Smart
Source: Campaign page
Transportation & Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Highways & Transit
Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
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.
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
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.
I am pro-life and will do everything in my power in Congress to fight for the rights of the unborn in our country.
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.
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.
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.
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.