|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 8|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Larry Kissell (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$8.99 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Myers Park High School|
|Birthday||November 4, 1971|
|Place of birth||Franklin, Virginia|
- 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 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hudson 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.
Hudson grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He got started in politics early on, helping with his grandfather's city council campaign in Roanoke Rapids. He also served as the student-body president at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He graduated with degrees in history and political science. After graduation, he worked as a staffer in Washington, D.C.
- 2011-present: President, Cabarrus Marketing Group
- 2008-2011: Chief of staff, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas
- 2006-2008: Chief of staff, Rep. John Carter, R-Texas
- 2005-2006: Chief of staff, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.
Hudson serves on the following committees:
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security Chair
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
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 Hudson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Hudson 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.
Hudson 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.
Hudson voted for 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. Hudson 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. Hudson voted against HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Hudson 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
Hudson 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
Hudson 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.
Hudson 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. Hudson 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, Hudson is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Hudson received a score of 26 percent on social issues and 84 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||Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Neutral|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Favors||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Hudson's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Richard knows the importance of getting this economy growing and creating jobs. He is committed to conservative, pro-business principles that will help create jobs: cutting taxes, reducing excessive regulations and fully funding worker retraining programs at our community colleges."
- Excerpt: "Richard is 100% Pro-Life and will fight for legislation which protects life from conception until natural death. He knows that life is a precious gift from God and should be protected at all stages. As our Congressman, Richard will defend the ban on partial birth abortions and fight against any legislation which seeks to legalize euthanasia."
- Taxes and Spending
- Excerpt: "As a solid conservative, Richard is certain of one thing: Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. That’s why Richard has pledged to never increase taxes as a member of Congress."
- Second Amendment Rights
- Excerpt: "A lifelong hunter, sportsman and member of the National Rifle Association, Richard knows the Second Amendment is America’s First Freedom. As our Congressman, he will vigorously defend the rights of all law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Richard knows that our God-given rights ensure that Americans can own firearms for hunting, shooting sports, self-defense or any other lawful purpose."
- Traditional Marriage
- Excerpt: "Richard believes that marriage should always be a sacred union between one man and one woman. As our Congressman, he will support a Constitutional Amendment to Protect Traditional Marriage. Richard understands this is a necessary measure to stop radical federal judges from imposing their extreme agenda on our society."
Hudson won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 8th District. Hudson defeated Scott Keadle in the July 17 Republican primary runoff election. He faced Larry Kissell (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Hudson previously served under Rep. Robin Hayes. Hudson said that his previous experience would allow him to take over the office without the learning curve that others would need. At the same time, he stressed he was not a Washington insider and was still connected to his district, saying, “The inability to find sweet tea or Cheerwine made Washington, D.C.—it was never going to be a permanent situation for me.”
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.
Kissell did not received the monetary assistance set aside for him from the Democratic Party, while the Republican Party poured money into Hudson's campaign. Despite the fact that the majority of voters in this district were registered Democrats, the district had a history of voting Republican, and after redistricting, the ratio of Democrats to Republicans decreased. The disparity of funds and the new political demographic had analysts favoring Hudson in this race. However, Kissell had won against long odds in the past; in 2006, he won the primary for the Democratic nomination without the support of the party.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Larry Kissell Incumbent||45.4%||137,139|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
The primary took place on May 8, 2012.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 13 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Fred F. Steen II||14.5%||9,670|
|John M. Whitley||13.3%||8,894|
On March 20, 2012, Hudson released his first TV ad, entitled, "Hoover."
- Charlotte Observer
- Governor Jim Martin
- Governor Mike Huckabee
- Rep. Paul Ryan
- YG Action Fund
- Hudson also accepted donations from prominent Washington Republicans, including $10,000 from House Speaker John Boehner's Freedom project, $10,000 from Majority Leader Eric Cantor's ERIC PAC and $5,000 from Rep. Paul Ryan's Prosperity PAC.
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Hudson attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Hudson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hudson raised a total of $1,518,469 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Richard Hudson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (North Carolina, District 8)||$1,518,469|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,518,469|
|Richard Hudson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$75,405.10||$208,314.88||$(88,138.78)||$195,581.20|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$195,581.20||$235,177.17||$(152,589.81)||$278,168.53|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$278,168.53||$146,181.19||$(61,580.86)||$362,768.86|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$362,768||$193,296||$(101,660)||$447,283|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$447,283.36||$143,204.53||$(93,217.78)||$497,270.11|
|Pre-Primary||April 25, 2014||$497,270.11||$5,777.00||$(47,359.62)||$455,687.49|
Cost per vote
Hudson spent $8.99 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 8, 2012 - Richard Hudson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,303,395|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,308,675|
|Top contributors to Richard Hudson's campaign committee|
|Titus for Congress||$12,750|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,500|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$61,000|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$59,200|
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, Hudson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $6,008 and $334,998. That averages to $170,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Hudson ranked as the 357th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Hudson's calculated net worth increased by an average of 28 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Richard Hudson Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||28%|
|Average annual growth:||28%|
|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). Hudson received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.
From 2011-2014, 26.03 percent of Hudson's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Richard Hudson Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$97,759|
|% total in top industry||11.19%|
|% total in top two industries||14.96%|
|% total in top five industries||26.03%|
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.
Hudson most often votes with:
Hudson least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Hudson missed 22 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.0 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.
Hudson ranked 12th 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.
Hudson voted with the Republican Party 94.0 percent of the time, which ranked 130th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.
Hudson voted with the Republican Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 111th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
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- United States House of Representatives
- United States congressional delegations from North Carolina
- North Carolina's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014
- North Carolina's 8th Congressional District
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
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- Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
- National Journal, "North Carolina, 8th House District: Richard Hudson (R)," November 6, 2012
- 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
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- 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, "Richard Hudson 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, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
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- Roll Call, “Hill Experience Could Help Staffers Win Seats,” accessed November 28, 2011
- Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
- Fay Observer, "Rep. Larry Kissell faces fight from Richard Hudson in Congressional District 8" accessed October 17, 2012 (dead link)
- Charlotte Observer, "Robert Pittenger's $3 million dwarfs rival war chests" accessed October 17, 2012 (dead link)
- Fay Observer, "U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell won't commit to debate against challenger Richard Hudson" accessed October 17, 2012 (dead link)
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results" accessed October 10, 2012
- Myrtle Beach online, "Hudson, Keadle vie for conservative votes in NC" accessed July 13, 2012
- Raleigh News & Observer, "Paul Ryan backs Richard Hudson" accessed July 13, 2012
- National Journal, "Cantor-Supported Super PAC Goes Up Against Club for Growth" accessed July 13, 2012
- www.ncdp.org, "More Washington Republicans Line Up Behind Richard Hudson" accessed July 13, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Richard Hudson" accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Richard Hudson Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Richard Hudson April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Richard Hudson July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Richard Hudson October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Richard Hudson Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Richard Hudson April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Richard Hudson Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Richard Hudson 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Richard Hudson (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. Richard Hudson," accessed September 29, 2014
- GovTrack, "Richard Hudson," accessed August 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Richard Hudson," 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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