Mark Meadows (North Carolina)
|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 11|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Heath Shuler (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$5.75 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of South Florida|
|Birthday||July 28, 1959|
|Place of birth||Verdun, France|
|Profession||Real Estate Developer|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Government affairs
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Prior to his congressional career, Meadows worked as the Customer Service and Public Safety Director for Tampa Electric, the founder of a small sandwich shop and a real-estate developer.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Meadows is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.
Meadows was born in Verdun, France, at an Army Field Hospital. His father was in the U.S. Army and his mother was a surgical nurse. He attended high school in the Tampa, Florida, area. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in business management. He and his wife moved to North Carolina in 1986.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Meadows' professional and political career:
- 2013-present: U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th Congressional District
- 1990-present: Real-estate developer
- 1986-1990: Owner, sandwich shop
- 1983-1986: Director, customer relations and public safety, Tampa Electric
Meadows serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
- Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
- Subcommittee on Government Operations Vice Chairman
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Meadows's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Meadows voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Meadows voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Meadows voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Meadows voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Meadows voted against HR 2775.
Meadows announced in a statement sent to constituents on October 1, 2013, that he would not accept his pay earned during the shutdown.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Meadows voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Meadows voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Meadows voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Meadows voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Meadows joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Meadows is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Meadows received a score of 25 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Strongly Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Unknown||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Meadows' campaign website listed the following issues:
- Debt & Spending
- Excerpt: "During the last four years, our gross national debt has skyrocketed by 63% to over $15 trillion dollars. Our government borrows over 40% of every dollar it spends. I will support true spending cuts and a Balanced Budget Amendment."
- Job Creation & Free Markets
- Excerpt: "We can promote new job creation by cutting red tape and regulations, lowering all taxes, and demanding a free trade policy. I will work to get government off the backs of small business and eliminate regulatory laws that hamper economic growth."
- Excerpt: "Obamacare is one of the most costly pieces of big government legislation ever rammed through the Congress, and we must repeal it immediately. In its place, I will support patient-centered reforms that preserve your right to see the Doctor of your choice, protect small businesses, and lower costs."
- Excerpt: "I opposed TARP and the auto bailouts. In Congress, I will oppose any future taxpayer-funded bailout. The government should never use our tax dollars to pick winners and losers in the private marketplace."
- Big Government
- Excerpt: "Obama’s administration has trampled our Constitutional safeguards, producing unlimited deficits and promoting unprecedented dependence upon federal subsidies and entitlements. I will support legislation that is in keeping with the original intent of our Constitution and work with my colleagues to rein in the size and scope of the federal government."
Meadows won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014, and defeated Tom Hill (D) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 11 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Mark Meadows Incumbent||62.9%||144,682|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections|
Meadows won election to the 11th Congressional District in 2012. He defeated Vance Patterson in the July 17 primary runoff election and defeated Hayden Rogers (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013. North Carolina was rated eighth on the list.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 11 General Election, 2012|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Meadows attends.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Meadows is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Meadows raised a total of $1,107,284 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Mark Meadows (North Carolina)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (North Carolina, District 11)||$1,107,284|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,107,284|
|Mark Meadows (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$14,433.72||$32,375.75||$(38,969.08)||$7,840.39|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$7,840.39||$41,390.83||$(9,617.18)||$39,614.04|
|October Quarterly||October 14, 2013||$39,614.04||$62,103.31||$(22,390.26)||$79,327.09|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$79,327||$31,686||$(19,577)||$91,675|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$91,675.69||$28,990.00||$(15,072.55)||$105,593.14|
|Pre-Primary||April 24, 2014||$105,593.14||$5,215.00||$(20,787.91)||$90,020.23|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$90,020.23||$99,450.00||$(61,994.22)||$127,476.01|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$127,476.01||$167,826.92||$(92,861.67)||$202,441.26|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$202,441.26||$4,240.00||$(27,088.79)||$179,592.47|
Cost per vote
Meadows spent $5.75 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 11, 2012 - Mark Meadows (North Carolina) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$746,546|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$723,436|
|Top contributors to Mark Meadows (North Carolina)'s campaign committee|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$10,000|
|Financial Guaranty Summit||$10,000|
|House Conservatives Fund||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Meadows' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $323,021 and $1,677,999. That averages to $1,000,510, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Meadows ranked as the 207th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Meadows' calculated net worth decreased by an average of 86 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Mark Meadows Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-86%|
|Average annual growth:||-86%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Meadows received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.
From 2011-2014, 31.28 percent of Meadows' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Mark Meadows (North Carolina) Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|% total in top industry||14.01%|
|% total in top two industries||22.87%|
|% total in top five industries||31.28%|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Meadows most often votes with:
Meadows least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Meadows missed 12 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 1.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Meadows ranked 55th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Meadows voted with the Republican Party 93.9 percent of the time, which ranked 137th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.
Meadows voted with the Republican Party 93.4 percent of the time, which ranked 128th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Meadows and his wife, Debbie, have two children.
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- Media coverage:
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina," accessed November 7, 2012
- Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
- Politico, "North Carolina House Election Results by District," accessed November 6, 2014
- National Journal, "North Carolina, 11th House District: Mark Meadows (R)," accessed November 6, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "MEADOWS, Mark, (1959 - )," accessed October 9, 2014
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- On The Issues, "Mark Meadows Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Campaign website, "Vision," accessed September 13, 2013
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results," accessed May 9, 2012.
- Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Mark R. Meadows," accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Meadows Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Mark Meadow 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Mark Meadows (R-NC), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Mark R. Meadows," accessed September 29, 2014
- GovTrack, "Mark Meadows," accessed August 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Mark Meadows," accessed August 18, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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