|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 7|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Mike McIntyre (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$10.81 in 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|North Carolina State Senate District 12|
|2009 - 2013|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University (1994)|
|Date of birth||February 16, 1972|
|Place of birth||Landstuhl, Germany|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 External links
- 8 References
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. 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.
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.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Rouzer's academic, professional and political career:
- 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.
Rouzer serves on the following committees:
- Agriculture Committee
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
North Carolina Senate
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rouzer served on these committees:
- Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources
- Appropriations/Base Budget
- Health Care
- Insurance Committee
- Judiciary I
- Program Evaluation
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rouzer served on these committees:
- Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Appropriations/Base Budget Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Finance Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Health Care Committee, North Carolina State Senate
- Judiciary I Committee, North Carolina State Senate
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, Rouzer is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Rouzer received a score of 37 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||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. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
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. Rouzer won the nomination in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014. He went on to defeat Jonathan Barfield, Jr. (D) and Wesley Casteen (L) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Jonathan Barfield, Jr.||37.1%||84,054|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections|
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections|
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. 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).
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.
Republican David Rouzer -- who narrowly lost to McIntyre in 2012 -- ran again for election to the seat. 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." In March 2014, Rouzer was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.
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."
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. 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. On November 20, 2012, Rouzer requested a recount in his race with McIntyre, which was the "closest Congressional race in the country.
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. North Carolina was rated eighth on the list.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Mike McIntyre Incumbent||50.1%||168,695|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|North Carolina's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Ilario Gregory Pantano||44.5%||31,752|
|North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 12 (2010)|
|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.
On November 4, 2008, Rouzer was elected to the 12th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Kay Carroll (D). Rouzer raised $371,908 for his campaign, while Carroll raised $204,360.
|North Carolina Senate, District 2 (2008)|
|David Rouzer (R)||40,971|
|Kay Carroll (D)||44,261|
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.
|David Rouzer's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||U.S. House (North Carolina, District 2)||$1,504,845|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,504,845|
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. This is equal to the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.
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 by Election Runner-up||$60,463|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$60,460|
|Top contributors to David Rouzer's campaign committee|
|National Cattlemen's Beef Assn||$11,000|
|North Carolina Farm Bureau||$10,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$218,949|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
|David Rouzer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 5, 2013||$12,708.91||$3,981.90||$(8,219.18)||$8,471.63|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$8,471.63||$181,982.14||$(22,183.85)||$168,269.92|
|October Quarterly||October 11, 2013||$168,269.92||$91,766.86||$(81,612.90)||$178,423.88|
|Year-End||January 30, 2014||$178,423.88||$161,312.11||$(44,434.95)||$295,301.04|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$295,301.04||$293,121.45||$(169,602.57)||$418,819.92|
|Pre-Primary||April 24, 2014||$418,819.92||$32,291.19||$(175,709.40)||$275,401.71|
In 2010, Rouzer collected $180,117 in donations.
|North Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to David Rouzer's campaign in 2010|
|North Carolina Farm Bureau||$8,000|
|Branch Banking & Trust Corp||$4,000|
|Bank Of America||$4,000|
|John Deere & Co||$4,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$180,117|
In 2008, Rouzer collected $371,908 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|North Carolina Republican Party||$34,312|
|North Carolina Farm Bureau||$8,000|
- Official U.S. House website
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2000
- Rouzer's State Surge
- Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
- Politico, "North Carolina House Election Results by District," accessed November 6, 2014
- Raleigh News & Observer, "Rouzer to run again for Congress," accessed March 30, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "David Rouzer," accessed January 28, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
- On The Issues, "David Rouzer Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- 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.
- The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
- FairVote, "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," accessed January 18, 2013
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
- Raleigh News & Observer, "Rouzer to run again for Congress," accessed March 30, 2013
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
- NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "David Rouzer Debuts First Spot Ahead of North Carolina Primary," accessed April 3, 2014
- YouTube, "'Driving' - David Rouzer for Congress," accessed April 3, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results," accessed May 9, 2012.
- Raleigh News & Observer, "McIntyre declares victory as final votes counted," accessed November 16, 2012
- Roll Call, "North Carolina: Rouzer Calls for Recount in Race Against McIntyre," accessed November 20, 2012
- Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results," accessed July 19, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2008 election results, North Carolina Senate," accessed June 17, 2010
- Follow the Money, "North Carolina Senate spending, 2008," accessed August 14, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for David Rouzer," accessed April 16, 2015
- Open Secrets, "David Rouzer 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 10, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 10, 2015
- Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Summary Report," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer April Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer July Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Year-End," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "David Rouzer Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed January 26, 2012
- Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed June 28, 2010
Mike McIntyre (D)
|U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 7
| Succeeded by|
|North Carolina State Senate District 12
| Succeeded by|
Ronald Rabin (R)