|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Bob Etheridge|
February 9, 1964
|Residence||Dunn, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||Oakland University, B.S. (nursing)|
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Renee Jacisin Ellmers (born February 9, 1964) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district since 2011. She is a member of the Republican Party. Ellmers defeated seven-term Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge in 2010 by 1,489 votes, confirmed after a recount.
Early life, education, and nursing career 
Ellmers was born Renee Jacisin in Ironwood, Michigan, the daughter of Caroline Pauline (née Marshalek) and LeRoy Francis Jacisin. Her father was of Czech and French-Canadian descent and her mother was of Croatian and Polish ancestry. She moved to Madison Heights as a child, when her father got a job in the automobile industry. She graduated from Madison High School. Ellmers paid her way through Oakland University by working various jobs, training as a medical assistant. In 1990, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Ellmers worked as a nurse in Beaumont Hospital's surgical intensive care unit. In North Carolina, she was clinical director of the Trinity Wound Care Center in Dunn.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Ellmers became involved in politics after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which she opposed. She became involved in local Republican politics and joined Americans for Prosperity, a free-market political advocacy group. She sought the Republican Party nomination for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, which was then held by seven-term incumbent Bob Etheridge. She faced car dealer Todd Gailas and retired businessman Frank Deatrich in the May 4, 2010 Republican primary. She raised and spent more money than her opponents. She won the Republican primary with 55% of the vote, winning every county in the district except Franklin.
In June, a physical altercation between U.S. Congressman Bob Etheridge and two young men claiming to be students working on a project  was posted to the internet. The previously obscure Ellmers was highlighted by conservative blogs such as RedState and the National Review's The Corner. Donations increased markedly, and a SurveyUSA poll showed Ellmers ahead by one percent Ultimately, the Ellmers campaign would highlight the incident in a number of televised negative attack ads against Etheridge. Ellmers received an endorsement from former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin on August 18 through Facebook, citing Ellmers' experience in the health care industry. Palin endorsed Ellmers along with three other women, on the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States.
Ellmers received national media attention in September when she released a television ad condemning the Park51 community center in Manhattan, and Congressman Etheridge for not voicing an opinion on the subject. The ad was criticized as "the most baldly anti-Muslim ad of the year" by Salon and "bigotry" by a writer for the Washington Post. Nevertheless, Ellmers led in polling and fundraising prior to the election.
On election day, November 2, 2010, Ellmers was declared the winner by the media and a recount conducted on November 17 and 18 confirmed that she defeated Bob Etheridge during the general election by a margin of 0.8% or 1,483 votes.
After redistricting, her 2nd district was shored up and became more Republican-leaning. Three Republicans decided to challenge her in the primary, but all of them were first-time candidates. She won the May 8 primary with 56% of the vote. In the November general election, Ellmers defeated Democratic nominee Steve Wilkins, a retired US Army officer and Moore County businessman, 56%-41%.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
Personal life 
Ellmers met her husband Brent Ellmers, a surgeon, while working at Beaumont Hospital. After the birth of their son Ben, the family moved to Dunn, North Carolina, where Ellmers and her husband ran a practice.
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- "Guide to the New Congress". CQ Roll Call. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
- Jennifer Scholtes (November 3, 2010). "112th Congress: Renee Ellmers, R-N.C. (2nd District)". Congressional Quarterly. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Meet Renee". Renee Ellmers for Congress. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Renee Ellmers at Project Vote Smart
- Phillips, Gregory (April 21, 2010). "GOP 2nd Congressional District candidates cite unique perspectives". The Fayetteville Observer.
- "They also tried to push Democrats into retirement, using what was described in the presentation as “guerrilla tactics” like chasing Democratic members down with video cameras and pressing them to explain votes or positions. (One target, Representative Bob Etheridge of North Carolina, had to apologize for manhandling one of his inquisitors in a clip memorialized on YouTube. Only this week did Republican strategists acknowledge they were behind the episode.)" From Democrats Outrun by a 2-Year G.O.P. Comeback Plan, New York Times November 3, 2010
- Grier, Peter (June 14, 2010). "Bob Etheridge incident: What does he have to apologize for?". The Christian Science Monitor.
- Cillizza, Chris (June 15, 2010). "Bob Etheridge and the political power (or lack thereof) of a gaffe". The Washington Post.
- Christensen, Rob. "Etheridge slip puts foe on map". The News & Observer.
- Geraghty, Jim (June 18, 2010). "National Review: 'Just Who Is Bob Etheridge?'". National Public Radio.
- "Palin endorses Ellmers". The News & Observer. August 18, 2010.
- Isenstadt, Alex (August 18, 2010). "Palin adds to 'mama grizzly' pack". Politico.
- Sargent, Greg (September 30, 2010). "Rank anti-mosque bigotry flops as campaign tactic". The Washington Post.
- Elliot, Justin (September 22, 2010). "The most baldly anti-Muslim ad of the year". Salon.com.
- "Poll reveals Etheridge may lose Congressional seat". WTVD. October 29, 2010.
- "Ellmers pulls ahead in recent fundraising". The News & Observer. October 20, 2010.
- Barrett, Barbara (November 20, 2010). "Ellmers wins, recount shows". The Charlotte Observer.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Renee Ellmers|
- Congresswoman Renee Ellmers official U.S. House site
- Renee Ellmers for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
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