David Rouzer

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David Rouzer
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U.S. House, North Carolina, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMike McIntyre (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$10.81 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,504,845
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senate District 12
2009 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University (1994)
Personal
Date of birthFebruary 16, 1972
Place of birthLandstuhl, Germany
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
David Rouzer (b. February 16, 1972) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional District. Rouzer was first elected to the House in 2014 and is currently serving his first term.

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) by the closest margin of victory that year. In 2014, with McIntyre retiring, Rouzer successfully won election to the seat.[3]

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Rouzer's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2015-Present: U.S Representative from North Carolina's 7th Congressional District
  • 2009-2012: North Carolina State Senate
  • 2005-2006: Associate Administrator and Rural Administrator, United States Department of Agriculture
  • 2003-2005: Staff, United States Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina
  • 1996-2000: Staff, United States Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina
  • 1994: Graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Rouzer serves on the following committees:[5]

North Carolina Senate

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:

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

David Rouzer's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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, Rouzer is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Rouzer received a score of 37 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.[6]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[7]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Unknown
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[6] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

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% 134,431
     Democratic Jonathan Barfield, Jr. 37.1% 84,054
     Libertarian Wesley Casteen 3.5% 7,850
     Write-in Louis Harmati 0% 6
     Write-in Write-in (miscellaneous) 0.1% 163
Total Votes 226,504
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections
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.[8] 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).[9]

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.[10]

Republican David Rouzer -- who narrowly lost to McIntyre in 2012 -- ran again for election to the seat.[11] 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."[12] In March 2014, Rouzer was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.[13]

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."[14]


David Rouzer campaign ad[15]

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 Randolph Wilson Crow in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[16] Rouzer 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.[17] On November 20, 2012, Rouzer requested a recount in his race with McIntyre, which was the "closest Congressional race in the country.[18]

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.[19] North Carolina was rated eighth on the list.[19][20]

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).[21]

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.[22]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rouzer was elected to the 12th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Kay Carroll (D).[23] Rouzer raised $371,908 for his campaign, while Carroll raised $204,360.[24]

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

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Rouzer is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rouzer raised a total of $1,504,845 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 16, 2015.[25]

David Rouzer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 2) Won $1,504,845
Grand Total Raised $1,504,845

2014

Rouzer won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Rouzer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,504,845 and spent $1,452,826.[26] This is equal to the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[27]

Cost per vote

Rouzer spent $10.81 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 7, 2014 - David Rouzer Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,504,845
Total Spent $1,452,826
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $60,463
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $60,460
Top contributors to David Rouzer's campaign committee
Prestage Farms$13,900
National Cattlemen's Beef Assn$11,000
3-B Farms$10,800
North Carolina Farm Bureau$10,500
Cameron Management$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$218,949
Leadership PACs$103,292
Retired$82,035
Real Estate$60,813
Lawyers/Law Firms$60,525

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rouzer's reports.[28]

2010

In 2010, Rouzer collected $180,117 in donations.[35]

2008

In 2008, Rouzer collected $371,908 in donations.[36]

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

External links

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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. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "David Rouzer," accessed January 28, 2015
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 On The Issues, "David Rouzer Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  7. 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.
  8. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
  9. FairVote, "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," accessed January 18, 2013
  10. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  11. Raleigh News & Observer, "Rouzer to run again for Congress," accessed March 30, 2013
  12. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  13. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "David Rouzer Debuts First Spot Ahead of North Carolina Primary," accessed April 3, 2014
  15. YouTube, "'Driving' - David Rouzer for Congress," accessed April 3, 2014
  16. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results," accessed May 9, 2012.
  17. Raleigh News & Observer, "McIntyre declares victory as final votes counted," accessed November 16, 2012
  18. Roll Call, "North Carolina: Rouzer Calls for Recount in Race Against McIntyre," accessed November 20, 2012
  19. 19.0 19.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  20. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results," accessed July 19, 2012
  21. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  22. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  23. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2008 election results, North Carolina Senate," accessed June 17, 2010
  24. Follow the Money, "North Carolina Senate spending, 2008," accessed August 14, 2014
  25. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for David Rouzer," accessed April 16, 2015
  26. Open Secrets, "David Rouzer 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 10, 2015
  27. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 10, 2015
  28. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Summary Report," accessed May 16, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer April Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer July Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Year-End," accessed May 16, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  35. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed January 26, 2012
  36. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed June 28, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike McIntyre (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 7
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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North Carolina State Senate District 12
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Ronald Rabin (R)