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|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 8|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Larry Kissell (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$8.99 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Myers Park High School|
|Birthday||November 4, 1971|
|Place of birth||Franklin, Virginia|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Prior to his election to the House, Hudson has served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Mike Conway, Rep. John Carter and Rep. Virginia Foxx.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hudson is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.
Hudson grew up Charlotte. He got started in politics early on, helping out his grandfather's city council campaign in Roanoke Rapids. He also served as the student-body president at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He graduated with degrees in history and political science. Upon graduating, he worked as a staffer in Washington, D.C.
- 2011-present: President, Cabarrus Marketing Group
- 2008-2011: Chief of staff, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas
- 2006-2008: Chief of staff, Rep. John Carter, R-Texas
- 2005-2006: Chief of staff, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.
Hudson serves on the following committees:
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security Chair
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Hudson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Hudson voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Hudson voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Hudson voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Hudson voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Hudson voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Hudson voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Hudson voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Hudson's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Richard knows the importance of getting this economy growing and creating jobs. He is committed to conservative, pro-business principles that will help create jobs: cutting taxes, reducing excessive regulations and fully funding worker retraining programs at our community colleges."
- Excerpt: "Richard is 100% Pro-Life and will fight for legislation which protects life from conception until natural death. He knows that life is a precious gift from God and should be protected at all stages. As our Congressman, Richard will defend the ban on partial birth abortions and fight against any legislation which seeks to legalize euthanasia."
- Taxes and Spending
- Excerpt: "As a solid conservative, Richard is certain of one thing: Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. That’s why Richard has pledged to never increase taxes as a member of Congress."
- Second Amendment Rights
- Excerpt: "A lifelong hunter, sportsman and member of the National Rifle Association, Richard knows the Second Amendment is America’s First Freedom. As our Congressman, he will vigorously defend the rights of all law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Richard knows that our God-given rights ensure that Americans can own firearms for hunting, shooting sports, self-defense or any other lawful purpose."
- Traditional Marriage
- Excerpt: "Richard believes that marriage should always be a sacred union between one man and one woman. As our Congressman, he will support a Constitutional Amendment to Protect Traditional Marriage. Richard understands this is a necessary measure to stop radical federal judges from imposing their extreme agenda on our society."
Hudson won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 8th District. Hudson defeated Scott Keadle in the July 17 Republican primary runoff election. He faced Larry Kissell (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Hudson previously served under Rep. Robin Hayes. Hudson said he could jump right in to the office once elected and won’t have the learning curve others would need because of his experience. At the same time, he stressed he is not a Washington insider and is still connected to his district saying, “The inability to find sweet tea or Cheerwine made Washington, D.C.—it was never going to be a permanent situation for me.” 
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 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.
Kissell did not received the monetary assistance set aside for him from the Democratic Party, while the Republican Party poured money into Hudson's campaign. Despite the fact that the majority of voters in this district were registered democrats, the district has a history of voting republican, and after redistricting the ratio of democrats to republicans decreased. The disparity of funds and the new political demographic have analysts favoring Hudson in this race, but Kissell has won against long odds in the past: in 2006, he won the primary for the democratic nomination without the support of the party.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Larry Kissell Incumbent||45.4%||137,139|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
The primary took place on May 8, 2012.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 13 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Fred F. Steen II||14.5%||9,670|
|John M. Whitley||13.3%||8,894|
On March 20, 2012, Hudson released his first TV ad, titled "Hoover."
- Charlotte Observer
- Governor Jim Martin
- Governor Mike Huckabee
- Rep. Paul Ryan
- YG Action Fund
- Hudson has also accepted donations from prominent Washington Republicans, including $10,000 from House Speaker John Boehner's Freedom project, $10,000 from Majority Leader Eric Cantor's ERIC PAC and $5,000 from Rep. Paul Ryan's Prosperity PAC.
Comprehensive donor information for Hudson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hudson raised a total of $1,518,469 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Richard Hudson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (North Carolina, District 8)||$1,518,469|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,518,469|
|Richard Hudson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$75,405.10||$208,314.88||$(88,138.78)||$195,581.20|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$195,581.20||$235,177.17||$(152,589.81)||$278,168.53|
Cost per vote
Hudson spent $8.99 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 8, 2012 - Richard Hudson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,303,395|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,308,675|
|Top contributors to Richard Hudson's campaign committee|
|Titus for Congress||$12,750|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,500|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$61,000|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$59,200|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Hudson most often votes with:
Hudson least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Hudson missed 1 of 108 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hudson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $35,002 to $225,999. That averages to $130,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Hudson has voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 111th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Richard + Hudson + North Carolina + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
- National Journal "North Carolina, 8th House District: Richard Hudson (R)," November 6, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
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- Roll Call “Hill Experience Could Help Staffers Win Seats,” November 28, 2011
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- Fay Observer "Rep. Larry Kissell faces fight from Richard Hudson in Congressional District 8" Accessed October 17, 2012
- Charlotte Observer "Robert Pittenger's $3 million dwarfs rival war chests" Accessed October 17, 2012
- Fay Observer "U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell won't commit to debate against challenger Richard Hudson" Accessed October 17, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
- Myrtle Beach online "Hudson, Keadle vie for conservative votes in NC" Accessed July 13, 2012
- Raleigh News & Observer "Paul Ryan backs Richard Hudson" Accessed July 13, 2012
- National Journal "Cantor-Supported Super PAC Goes Up Against Club for Growth" Accessed July 13, 2012
- www.ncdp.org "More Washington Republicans Line Up Behind Richard Hudson" Accessed July 13, 2012
- Open Secrets "Richard Hudson" Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Richard Hudson Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Richard Hudson April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Richard Hudson July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
- Open Secrets "Richard Hudson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- Gov Track "Richard Hudson," Accessed June 26, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Richard Hudson," Accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Richard Hudson" Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Richard Hudson (R-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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