|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 8|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Larry Kissell (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Myers Park High School|
|Date of birth||November 4, 1971|
|Place of birth||Franklin, Virginia|
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
Hudson ran 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 says he can 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 stresses 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 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.
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.
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|
|U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina's 8th Congressional District, 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|
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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
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- 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"
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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
- Open Secrets "Richard Hudson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Richard Hudson" Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Richard Hudson (R-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
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