Richard Hudson

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Richard Hudson
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U.S. House, North Carolina, District 8
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorLarry Kissell (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,518,469
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMyers Park High School
Bachelor'sUNC Charlotte
Date of birthNovember 4, 1971
Place of birthFranklin, Virginia
Net worth$130,500
Office website
Campaign website
Richard Hudson campaign logo
Richard Hudson is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 8th Congressional District of North Carolina. He was first elected in 2012.

Hudson defeated Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell on November 6th, 2012.[1]


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.[2]


  • 2011-present: President, Cabarrus Marketing Group[2]
  • 2008-2011: Chief of staff, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas[2]
  • 2006-2008: Chief of staff, Rep. John Carter, R-Texas[2]
  • 2005-2006: Chief of staff, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hudson serves on the following committees:[3]



See also: North Carolina's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

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.[4] 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.” [5]


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.[6] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[6]

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.[7] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Hudson's campaign reports that Kissell declined to schedule a final debate between the two candidates, and claimed that he was reluctant to engage in debates throughout his campaign.[9]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Larry Kissell Incumbent 45.4% 137,139
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hudson 53.2% 160,695
     Write-In N/A 1.5% 4,446
Total Votes 302,280
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary results

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hudson 32.1% 21,451
Scott Keadle 22% 14,687
Vernon Robinson 18.2% 12,181
Fred F. Steen II 14.5% 9,670
John M. Whitley 13.3% 8,894
Total Votes 66,883


On March 20, 2012, Hudson released his first TV ad, titled "Hoover."


  • Charlotte Observer
  • Governor Jim Martin
  • Governor Mike Huckabee[11]
  • Rep. Paul Ryan[12]
  • YG Action Fund[13]
  • 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.[14]

Campaign donors

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.[15]

Richard Hudson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 8) Won $1,518,469
Grand Total Raised $1,518,469


Breakdown of the source of Hudson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hudson won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hudson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,518,469 and spent $1,443,064.[16]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[18]

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External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 National Journal "North Carolina, 8th House District: Richard Hudson (R)," November 6, 2012
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nc
  5. Roll Call “Hill Experience Could Help Staffers Win Seats,” November 28, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fay Observer "Rep. Larry Kissell faces fight from Richard Hudson in Congressional District 8" Accessed October 17, 2012
  8. Charlotte Observer "Robert Pittenger's $3 million dwarfs rival war chests" Accessed October 17, 2012
  9. Fay Observer "U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell won't commit to debate against challenger Richard Hudson" Accessed October 17, 2012
  10. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
  11. Myrtle Beach online "Hudson, Keadle vie for conservative votes in NC" Accessed July 13, 2012
  12. Raleigh News & Observer "Paul Ryan backs Richard Hudson" Accessed July 13, 2012
  13. National Journal "Cantor-Supported Super PAC Goes Up Against Club for Growth" Accessed July 13, 2012
  14. "More Washington Republicans Line Up Behind Richard Hudson" Accessed July 13, 2012
  15. Open Secrets "Richard Hudson" Accessed May 16, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Richard Hudson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  17. GovTrack, "Richard Hudson" Accessed April 2013
  18. "Richard Hudson (R-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Kissell
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 8
Succeeded by