Richard Hudson (U.S. politician)

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Richard Hudson
Richard Hudson, Official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Larry Kissell
Personal details
Born (1971-11-04) November 4, 1971 (age 43)
Franklin, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Renee Hudson
Alma mater University of North Carolina,
Religion United Methodism
Website Government website

Richard Hudson (born November 4, 1971) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for North Carolina's 8th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born in Franklin, Virginia; but has lived in the Charlotte area since 1975. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 1990, and from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Order.[1]

He is the president of Cabarrus Marketing Group, a small business consulting firm.

Active in politics for many years, Hudson served as district director for 8th District Congressman Robin Hayes from 1999 to 2005. At various times, he served on the staffs of Republicans Virginia Foxx, John Carter and Mike Conaway. He also served as communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Hudson ran for Congress in North Carolina's 8th congressional district. He won the Republican primary runoff on July 17, 2012, with 64% of the vote against opponent Scott Keadle[2] and faced Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell in November. The district had been made significantly more Republican in redistricting, losing most of its share of Charlotte and picking up several heavily Republican areas northeast of the city.

Richard Hudson spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on August 28, 2012.[3]

Hudson defeated Kissell with 54 percent of the vote to Kissell's 46 percent and took office in January 2013.

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

Press Accomplishments[edit]

  • New Congressman Meets with Local Farmers (The Lexington Dispatch)-"The freshman Republican congressman from Concord, who was recently appointed to the House Committee on Agriculture, made nine stops in the district from Monday through Wednesday. At each stop, his staff collected contact information from the farmers, who he said will serve as his informal agriculture advisory board.”[8]
  • Inside the House GOP Leadership Shake-Up (Politico)- “There was Rep. Patrick McHenry, the shrewd North Carolina Republican. Roskam, who was elected with McCarthy in the Democrat-heavy year of 2006, was there, too. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) — a rising star in the Capitol—showed up with his wife, Renee, a GOP fundraising consultant.”[13]
  • Another EEOC Embarrassment (Wall Street Journal)- “Last week, North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson introduced a bill that would force the EEOC to be more transparent about its operations and "notify Congress within 14 days when a court has ordered sanctions against EEOC." Womble Carlyle's experience shows why that's an excellent idea.”[14]
  • Thought bipartisanship gone way of dinosaur? (High Point Enterprise)- “First-term U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th, showed Tuesday that bipartisanship at the nation’s capital isn’t quite dead yet..The conservative congressman who represents parts of Davidson County joined Democratic President Barack Obama as the president signed a workforce retraining reform bill that Hudson supported. The event marked the first time that Hudson attended a bill-signing ceremony at the White House.”[15]


  1. ^ "Congressman Richard Hudson". Kappa Alpha Order. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ David Perlmutt and Lukas Johnson (18 July 2012). "Hudson to take on Kissell in U.S. District 8". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Franco Ordoñez (28 August 2012). "Concord hopeful Hudson speaks role at Republican National Convention". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "H.R. 2719 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Kasperowicz, Pete (2 December 2013). "House to push tech reform at TSA". The Hill. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "H.R. 4802 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Weikel, Dan (22 July 2014). "House passes bill to improve airport security in wake of LAX shooting". LA Times. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Hodges, Vikki. "New Congressman Meets with Local Farmers-Summary". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Edington, Laura (8 February 2013). "Hudson Proposes Elimination of Estate Tax". Richmond County Daily Journal. 
  10. ^ Plemmons, Mark (2 April 2013). "Hudson talks jobs at Harrisburg Meeting". Concord Independent-Tribune. 
  11. ^ "15Most Conservative Representatives". National Journal. 6 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Holt, Jim (21 February 2014). "Rep Hudson talks unemployment benefits, minimum wage, jobs". Salisbury Post. 
  13. ^ "Rep Hudson talks unemployment benefits, minimum wage, jobs". Politico. 23 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Kissel, Mary (1 July 2014). "Another EEOC Embarrassment". Wall Street Journal. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Paul (23 July 2014). "Thought bipartisanship gone way of dinosaur?". High Point Enterprise. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Larry Kissell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Steven Horsford
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jared Huffman