David Rouzer

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David Rouzer
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U.S. House, North Carolina, District 7
Representative-elect
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senate District 12
2009 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University (1994)
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 16, 1972
Place of birthLandstuhl, Germany
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
David Rouzer (b. February 16, 1972) is a Republican representative-elect who won election to the U.S. House in 2014 to represent the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina. Rouzer won the nomination in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014, and went on to defeat Jonathan Barfield, Jr. (D) and Wesley Casteen (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1][2] Rouzer ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012, losing to incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) in the closest margin of victory that year. In 2014, with McIntyre retiring, Rouzer successfully won election to the seat.[3]

In 2012, Rouzer ran for election to the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina. Rouzer defeated Ilario Pantano and Randolph Wilson Crow in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[4] He lost to incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the general election on November 6, 2012.[5] On November 20, 2012, Rouzer requested a recount in his race with McIntyre, which was the "closest Congressional race in the country.[6]

Rouzer was previously a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 12 from 2009 to 2013.

Rouzer is a former Senior Policy Advisor for both Senator Jesse Helms and Senator Elizabeth Dole. He was also a candidate for North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture in 2000.

Biography

Rouzer earned his B.A. in agricultural business management, agricultural economics and chemistry from North Carolina State University in 1994.

Rouzer is a former employee of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. He has also worked as an Associate Administrator/Rural Administrator for the United States Department of Agriculture. He is currently the owner of The Rouzer Company.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rouzer served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rouzer served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rouzer won election to the U.S. House in 2014. Before incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) announced his retirement on January 8, 2014, the race was expected to be a rematch of the 2012 general election.[3] Rouzer won the nomination in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014.[1] He went on to defeat Jonathan Barfield, Jr. (D) and Wesley Casteen (L) in the general election.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rouzer 59.4% 134,026
     Democratic Jonathan Barfield, Jr. 37.1% 83,676
     Libertarian Wesley Casteen 3.5% 7,813
     Miscellaneous Write-In Candidates 0.1% 169
Total Votes 225,684
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rouzer 53% 23,010
Woody White 40.1% 17,389
Chris Andrade 6.9% 3,000
Total Votes 43,399
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Race background

Before announcing that he would not run for re-election, incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) was one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[7] The seven targets aligned perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. McIntyre's district ranked as the most Republican (38 percent Democratic).[8]

McIntyre was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[9]

Republican David Rouzer -- who narrowly lost to McIntyre in 2012 -- ran again for election to the seat.[10] The National Republican Congressional Committee added David Rouzer to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list received "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[11] In March 2014, Rouzer was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.[12]

Media

In the following campaign ad, Rouzer blamed President Obama for putting the United States "on a path to financial ruin," saying that he wanted to "take our country back."[13]


David Rouzer campaign ad[14]

2012

See also: North Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Rouzer did not run for re-election to the North Carolina State Senate. Instead, he ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 7th District. Rouzer won the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Rouzer defeated Ilario Pantano and Timothy Alan Wilkes in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[4] Rouzer lost to incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) in the general election.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[15] North Carolina was rated eighth on the list.[15][16]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike McIntyre Incumbent 50.1% 168,695
     Republican David Rouzer 49.9% 168,041
Total Votes 336,736
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
North Carolina's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rouzer 48.5% 34,647
Ilario Gregory Pantano 44.5% 31,752
Randy Crow 7% 5,012
Total Votes 71,411

2010

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Rouzer won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 12, defeating Jody McCleod (D).[17]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 12 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Rouzer (R) 40,242 69.66%
Jody McCleod (D) 17,525 30.34%

Rouzer was unopposed in the Republican primary election on May 4, 2010.[18]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rouzer was elected to the 12th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Kay Carroll (D).[19] Rouzer raised $371,908 for his campaign, while Carroll raised $204,360.[20]

North Carolina Senate, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Rouzer (R) 40,971
Kay Carroll (D) 44,261

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rouzer's reports.[21]

David Rouzer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 5, 2013$12,708.91$3,981.90$(8,219.18)$8,471.63
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$8,471.63$181,982.14$(22,183.85)$168,269.92
October Quarterly[24]October 11, 2013$168,269.92$91,766.86$(81,612.90)$178,423.88
Year-End[25]January 30, 2014$178,423.88$161,312.11$(44,434.95)$295,301.04
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$295,301.04$293,121.45$(169,602.57)$418,819.92
Pre-Primary[27]April 24, 2014$418,819.92$32,291.19$(175,709.40)$275,401.71
Running totals
$764,455.65$(501,762.85)

2010

In 2010, Rouzer collected $180,117 in donations.[28]

North Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Rouzer's campaign in 2010
North Carolina Farm Bureau$8,000
Dale Bone$8,000
Branch Banking & Trust Corp$4,000
Bank Of America$4,000
John Deere & Co$4,000
Total Raised in 2010 $180,117

2008

In 2008, Rouzer collected $371,908 in donations.[29]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
David Rouzer $111,581
North Carolina Republican Party $34,312
North Carolina Farm Bureau $8,000
Franky Wiggins $7,000
Genia Tyson $6,000

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  2. Politico, "North Carolina House Election Results by District," accessed November 6, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Raleigh News & Observer, "Rouzer to run again for Congress," accessed March 30, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results," accessed May 9, 2012.
  5. Raleigh News & Observer, "McIntyre declares victory as final votes counted," accessed November 16, 2012
  6. Roll Call, "North Carolina: Rouzer Calls for Recount in Race Against McIntyre," accessed November 20, 2012
  7. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
  8. FairVote, "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," accessed January 18, 2013
  9. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  10. Raleigh News & Observer, "Rouzer to run again for Congress," accessed March 30, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  12. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "David Rouzer Debuts First Spot Ahead of North Carolina Primary," accessed April 3, 2014
  14. YouTube, "'Driving' - David Rouzer for Congress," accessed April 3, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  16. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results," accessed July 19, 2012
  17. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  18. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  19. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2008 election results, North Carolina Senate," accessed June 17, 2010
  20. Follow the Money, "North Carolina Senate spending, 2008," accessed August 14, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Summary Report," accessed May 16, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer April Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer July Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Year-End," accessed May 16, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  28. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed January 26, 2012
  29. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed June 28, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
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North Carolina State Senate District 12
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Ronald Rabin (R)