|North Carolina State Senate District 12|
|2009 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University (1994)|
|Date of birth||February 16, 1972|
|Place of birth||Landstuhl, Germany|
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. He lost to incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the November 6, 2012 general election. On November 20, 2012, Rouzer requested a recount in his race with McIntyre, which was the "closest Congressional race in the country.
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.
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
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.
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, representing 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 May 8, 2012 Republican primary. 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. North Carolina was rated 8th 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 not opposed 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|
As of April 18, 2012, Rouzer had raised $422,702 during the 2012 cycle and spent $334,305, leaving him with $88,397 cash on hand. Of that, 84 percent came from individual contributions, 12 percent from PAC contributions and 4 percent from candidate self-financing.
|David Rouzer (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$279,195.41||$244,130.79||$(433,090.47)||$90,235.73|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$88,397.41||$272,779.04||$(189,568.02)||$171,608.43|
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|
Rouzer earned his BA in Agricultural Business Management/Agricultural Economics/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.
- Senator Rouzer's campaign
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2000
- Senator Rouzer's facebook
- Rouzer's State Surge
- Senator Rouzer's LinkedIn
- Raleigh News & Observer "Rouzer to run again for Congres," March 30, 2013
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
- Raleigh News & Observer "McIntyre declares victory as final votes counted," November 16, 2012
- Roll Call "North Carolina: Rouzer Calls for Recount in Race Against McIntyre," November 20, 2012
- 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
- 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"
- General Election Results
- 2010 North Carolina Primary Election Results
- 2008 election results, North Carolina Senate
- North Carolina Senate spending, 2008
- opensecrets.org Accessed May 5, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "David Rouzer's Summary Report," Accessed August 19, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "David Rouzer April Quarterly," Accessed August 19, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "David Rouzer July Quarterly," Accessed August 19, 2012
- 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributions
|North Carolina State Senate District 12
| Succeeded by|
Ronald Rabin (R)