David Rouzer

David Rouzer

Summary

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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About

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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

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Source: Campaign page

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.

 

News

News Posts

Rouzer Statement on Impeachment Acquittal
Government page – February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump.

“The facts show that the Democrats’ impeachment obsession began before President Trump even took office.  Finally, this chapter of the hard left’s obsession with removal of this President has come to an end.  All this endeavor has done is divide the country even more.  Rather than continue on this path, let us unite in focusing on the pressing domestic and international issues that face our country,” Rouzer said.

House Approves $8.3 Billion Emergency Spending Package in Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus
Government page – March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today approved an $8.3 billion emergency funding package to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus and the Trump Administration announced new steps to protect seniors in nursing homes from the virus.

“This funding package will help ensure that our health care providers and public health professionals have the tools and resources they need to continue to address the outbreak,” said Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07).

In addition, the sweeping new standards for nursing homes and long-term care facilities will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Specifically, the Administration is implementing new guidelines for officials to follow when surveying facilities with confirmed or presumptive cases of coronavirus.  All inspection efforts will focus on ensuring nursing homes in North Carolina and across the nation are complying with infectious disease protocols that have been put into place by the federal government.

“Based on data obtained to date, we know that seniors – particularly those with underlying health conditions – are particularly at risk,” said Congressman Rouzer. “Properly implemented by long-term care facilities, these new standards will help decrease the exposure of seniors to this virus.  I commend the Trump Administration for the many proactive measures taken to protect the American people.”

Today’s action follows a series of other important steps the Administration has taken to aggressively respond to the coronavirus outbreak, including:

Making available test kits sufficient to test more than 1.5 million Americans for distribution across the country, including in North Carolina.  Just yesterday, North Carolina announced that the State Laboratory of Public Health is now able perform testing for the virus, enabling the state to more quickly take steps to respond to a presumptive positive test result.  Because of the greater availability of tests, the CDC has issued new guidance enabling any American to be tested if a doctor suspects the virus.

Restricted entry to the U.S. of any foreign nationals that have been to China or Iran recently.  U.S. citizens and certain others who have returned from China aresubject to screening, monitoring or possible quarantine for up to 14 days.  Additional travel advisories have been issued for affected areas in Italy and South Korea, and airport screenings have been expanded to identify individuals showing symptoms of infection.

Declared COVID-19 a public health emergency and utilized reserve funds to support response efforts.

Mobilized multiple agencies, including the CDC, FEMA, HHS, HUD and others to assist state and local governments in dealing with the outbreak.  The CDC is working hand-in-hand with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.  FEMA has readied more than 50 response teams available to deploy to states and territories that may need assistance.
Details of the emergency spending package approved by the House of Representatives include:

More than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available, to support treatments to ease the symptoms of those infected, and to invest in vaccine development and distribution.

Nearly $1 billion specifically for state and local response efforts – with half of the funds going out in the next month.

$300 million for the CDC’s Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund to prevent, prepare for and responds to diseases.
The Senate is expected to pass the funding package this week and the President is expected to sign it into law.

This funding package is in addition to major investments made by Congress in recent years to bolster investments in healthcare and disease prevention and treatment.  Since 2015, Congress has boosted funding for:

The National Institutes of Health by 39%

The Centers for Disease Control by 24%

Advanced Biomedical Research by 35%

The National Stockpile by 32%

Created a new Infectious Disease Response program and increased funding by 70% in recent years.

In the News

Tillis, Rouzer respond to Burr’s request for ethics investigation into stock sale
WECT 6 News – March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) – Sen. Thom Tillis and Congressman David Rouzer are responding to Sen. Richard Burr’s request for an ethics investigation, following reports he sold as much as $1.7 million in stocks before the market dropped because of fears over the coronavirus.

“Given the circumstances, Senator Burr owes North Carolinians an explanation,” Tillis tweeted Friday morning. “His self-referral to the Ethics Committee for their review is appropriate, there needs to be a professional and bipartisan inquiry into this matter, which the Ethics Committee can provide.”
Burr released a statement announcing the ethics request, saying he relied solely on public news reports to guide his decision to sell the stocks on February 13. He also posted the letter he wrote to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee..

“I have known Senator Burr since his first day in public office,” Rep. Rouzer said in an email statement sent to WECT. “He is a fine man and a great public servant. I have every expectation that his call for the Senate Ethics Committee to review his financial transactions will confirm that there was enough public information available to lead any individual to take the same financial actions had they considered that same information in the same way.”

According to the Associated Press, at least three other senators made major stock moves around the same time as Burr. They include Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. The AP quoted the New York Times as the source of the other senators’ information.

Twitter

Videos

Speeches

Rouzer Speaks in Opposition to Democrats’ Impeachment Sham
Rep. David Rouzer
Published on December 18, 2019
By: Rep. David Rouzer

Congressman David Rouzer speaks on the House floor during debate over the Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump on December 18, 2019.

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