David Rouzer

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David Rouzer
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North Carolina State Senate District 12
Former member
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University (1994)
Date of birthFebruary 16, 1972
Place of birthLandstuhl, Germany
ProfessionBusiness owner
Personal website
Campaign website
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David Rouzer (b. February 16, 1972) is a former Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 12 from 2009 to 2013. Rouzer unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2012, losing to incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) in the closet margin of victory that year. Rouzer is running again for election to the seat in 2014.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] On November 20, 2012, Rouzer requested a recount in his race with McIntyre, which was the "closest Congressional race in the country.[4]

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.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: North Carolina's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Rouzer is running for election to the U.S. House in 2014. The race is expected to be a rematch between Rouzer and incumbent Mike McIntyre (D).[1]

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.[5] 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).[6]

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.[7]

Republican David Rouzer -- who narrowly lost to McIntyre in 2012 -- ran again for election to the seat.[8] 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."[9] In March 2014, Rouzer was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.[10]


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, 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.[2] 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.[11] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[11][12]

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


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Rouzer won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 12, defeating Jody McCleod (D).[13]

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 not opposed in the Republican primary election on May 4, 2010.[14]


On November 4, 2008, Rouzer was elected to the 12th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Kay Carroll (D). [15] Rouzer raised $371,908 for his campaign, while Carroll raised $204,360. [16]

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


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.[17]

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Rouzer's reports.[18]

David Rouzer (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2012$279,195.41$244,130.79$(433,090.47)$90,235.73
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2012$88,397.41$272,779.04$(189,568.02)$171,608.43
Running totals


In 2010, Rouzer collected $180,117 in donations.[21]


In 2008, Rouzer collected $371,908 in donations.[22]

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


Rouzer earned his B.A. 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.

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Raleigh News & Observer "Rouzer to run again for Congres," March 30, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
  3. Raleigh News & Observer "McIntyre declares victory as final votes counted," November 16, 2012
  4. Roll Call "North Carolina: Rouzer Calls for Recount in Race Against McIntyre," November 20, 2012
  5. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
  6. FairVote, "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," accessed January 18, 2013
  7. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  8. Raleigh News & Observer, "Rouzer to run again for Congress," accessed March 30, 2013
  9. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  10. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  12. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
  13. General Election Results
  14. 2010 North Carolina Primary Election Results
  15. 2008 election results, North Carolina Senate
  16. North Carolina Senate spending, 2008
  17. opensecrets.org Accessed May 5, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "David Rouzer's Summary Report," Accessed August 19, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission "David Rouzer April Quarterly," Accessed August 19, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission "David Rouzer July Quarterly," Accessed August 19, 2012
  21. 2010 contributions
  22. 2008 contributions

Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 12
Succeeded by
Ronald Rabin (R)