Mark Meadows (North Carolina politician)

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Mark Meadows
Mark Meadows, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Heath Shuler
Personal details
Born (1959-07-28) July 28, 1959 (age 55)
Verdun, France
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Debbie Meadows
Residence Cashiers, North Carolina
Alma mater Florida State University,
Tallahassee

University of South Florida,
Tampa
Religion Evangelicalism
Website Government website

Mark Randall Meadows (born July 28, 1959) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district since January 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Meadows was born in Verdun, France and grew up in Brandon, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida after briefly studying at Florida State University. During his collegiate years, Meadows joined Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 2011 he moved to Cashiers, North Carolina, where he now lives.

In 1987, Meadows started a small restaurant. He later sold it, and used the proceeds to start a development company in Florida.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

In late 2011, Meadows announced he was running for Congress in North Carolina's 11th congressional district, for the seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Heath Shuler. The district had been significantly altered in redistricting. New lines were drawn straight through the middle of Warren Wilson College. Notably, it lost most of Asheville to the 10th district, while picking up some heavily Republican territory in the foothills. The old 11th had a slight Republican lean, but the new 11th was on paper the most Republican district in the state.[citation needed] In 2011, the North Carolina State Legislature in a state that has 13 districts, re-drew the congressional districts in 2011 based on updated population information from the 2010 census.[1] As a result the district which is now "91.2% White, 3.0% Black, 1.4% Native American and 1.0% Asian."[1] District 11 now includes the counties of Buncombe (Asheville), Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson (Hendersonville), Jackson (Waynesville), Macon, McDowell (Marion), Madison, Polk, Swain, Transylvania (Brevard) and Yancey (Burnsville).[2][Notes 1]

He won the Republican primary runoff, in July 2012,[3] and in the general election in November, faced the Democratic candidate, Hayden Rogers, who had been Shuler's chief of staff. During the campaign, on August 28, 2012, Meadows spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.[4] Meadows won the general election with approximately 57 percent of the vote[5] and took office, in January 2013.

Tenure[edit]

Meadows has signed the Contract from America, a list of ten policies assembled by the Tea Party movement.[6][7]

Meadows voted against relief for Hurricane Sandy[8] along with a group of other Republicans who cited pork barrel spending in the relief bill that had nothing to do with hurricane relief.[9]

Meadows introduced the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 4411; 113th Congress), a bill that would impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that facilitate transactions or money laundering on behalf of Hezbollah or its agents.[10] Hezbollah is designated a terrorist organization in the United States.[10] The bill passed in the House on July 22, 2014.[11] Meadows said that "we must pass this legislation to make sure that we can do is cripple their ability to finance and put people out of harm's way."[11]

Budget

Meadows is a fiscal conservative and is part of a group that has advocated for a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. In addition he opposed the recent federal stimulus spending and has expressed desire for the federal spending growth rate to be capped at the inflation rate. He supports a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget has been balanced. Meadows opposes any cuts to military spending levels.[12]

Taxes

Meadows has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and he opposes a raise in all taxes, including the income tax. Meadows supports a flat-rate income tax for all income-earners, and a repeal of the raise in the capital gains tax. He also supports the elimination of the estate tax.[12]

Jobs

Meadows supports lowering corporate tax rates as a strategy to promote new employment and thus create more jobs. In addition he has called for free trade.[12]

Gun control

Meadows opposes any restrictions on gun purchases and opposes a national gun registry that would list detailed information about firearm ownership.[12]

Energy

Meadows has stated that cap-and-trade emission policies are ineffective and have minimal impact on the global environment. He has proposed that the United States should tap into oil and gas reserves to keep energy prices low, and to develop energy independence. He supports tapping into off-shore oil and gas supplies.[12]

Healthcare

Meadows opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), and states that it should be replaced by private enterprise.[12]

Abortion

Meadows is a pro-life supporter and has called abortion a 'tragedy'. He opposes any federal funding for abortion and believes parents should be notified of underage abortion procedures. He also opposes churches and other religious sites providing birth control options.[12]

Gay marriage

Meadows opposes same-sex marriage. In March 2013 he stated that if the Supreme Court allowed gay marriage, it would cause a constitutional crisis if the Federal government decided to dismiss state decisions and thus infringe on state's rights.[13]

Role in the 2013 federal government shutdown[edit]

Meadows has been described as playing an important part of the United States federal government shutdown of 2013.[14][15][16] On August 21, 2013 Meadows wrote an open letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor encouraging them to "affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of Obamacare in any relevant appropriations bills brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress, including any continuing appropriations bill."[17][18] The document was signed by 79 of Meadows' colleagues in the House.[14][18] Heritage Action (which opened operations in North Carolina in January 2011[19]), ran critical Internet advertisements in the districts of 100 Republican lawmakers who failed to sign the letter by Meadows.[20] The letter has been described as being controversial within the Republican Party.[14][21]

The New York Daily News said Meadows put the federal government on the road to shutdown, saying calls to defund "Obamacare" through spending bills languished until Meadows wrote his letter.[16] Meadows downplayed his influence, saying "I'm one of 435 members and a very small part of this."[16] CNN described Meadows as the "architect of the brink" for his letter suggesting that "Obamacare" be defunded in any continuing appropriations bill.[14] Meadows said that was sensationalizing his role.[15]

John Ostendorff of the Asheville Citizen-Times wrote Meadows "said it's best to close the government in the short term to win a delay on 'Obamacare', despite the potential negative impact on the economy."[15] Ostendorff wrote that Meadows said he was doing what Tea Party members in Western North Carolina wanted him to do.[15] Meadows said his constituents wanted him to fight against "Obamacare" "regardless of consequences."[14] Jane Bilello, head of the Asheville Tea Party and political action committee said Meadows "truly represents us" on the issue of "Obamacare".[14] Meadows reportedly holds conference calls with members of the Asheville Tea Party, telling them what's going on in Congress, and about challenges he faces promoting their agenda.[14]

In public comments, Meadows stated he was working on a compromise that involved passing appropriations bills that would fund only parts of the government, such as a bill to fund the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health. However, partial or "mini" funding bills were rejected by the Democratic majority in the United States Senate.[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ District 10, with three counties, (Burke (Morganton), Mitchell and Rutherford) that border on District 11, also includes the counties of Avery, Caldwell, Catawba (Hickory and Newton), Cleveland (Shelby), Gaston (Gastonia) and Lincoln (Lincolnton).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b North Carolina's 11th congressional district: Race
  2. ^ NC11 Map
  3. ^ Parker, Brittney (19 July 2012). "Mark Meadows sweeps 11th congressional GOP run-off". The Macon County News. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/blog/2012/uncategorized/meadows-back-on-with-tuesday-slot-at-convention/
  5. ^ NC State Board of Elections
  6. ^ "Contract from America". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mark Meadows on Government Reform". On the Issues. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Moss, Bill (7 January 2013). "Meadows votes no on Sandy relief". The Hendersonville Lightning. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  9. ^ http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/04/bloomberg-blame-pork-not-boehner-for-sandy-relief-delay/[not in citation given]
  10. ^ a b "CBO - H.R. 4411". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Marcos, Cristina (22 July 2014). "House votes to toughen sanctions on Hezbollah". The Hill. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Mark Meadows : (Republican, district 11)". On the Issues. 
  13. ^ "Rep. Mark Meadows Warns Of 'Constitutional Crisis' If SCOTUS Rules For Gay Marriage". On Top. Mar 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Caldwell, Leigh Ann (1 October 2013). "Architect of the brink: Meet the man behind the government shutdown". CNN. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d e Ostendorff, John (3 October 2013). "Meadows says constituents back his shutdown fight". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c Straw, Joseph (September 30, 2013). "Tea Party-backed Rep. Mark Meadows put government on road to shutdown". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ Meadows, Mark (21 August 2013). "Letter to Boehner and Cantor". Meadows.house.gov. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows Sends Letter to Boehner, Cantor Encouraging House Leadership to Defund Obamacare". High County Press. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Rob Christensen (January 11, 2011). "Heritage Foundation sinks its roots in N.C.". The News & Observer. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay; McIntyre, Mike (October 5, 2013). "A federal budget crisis months in the planning". The New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ Omarzu, Tim (4 October 2013). "The letter behind the shutdown; GOP missive urges defunding of Obamacare". Times Free Press. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Heath Shuler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 11th congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Gloria McLeod
United States Representatives by seniority
399th
Succeeded by
Grace Meng