David Rouzer

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David Rouzer
David Rouzer official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Mike McIntyre
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 15, 2009 – January 4, 2013
Preceded by Fred Smith
Succeeded by Ronald J. Rabin
Personal details
Born (1972-02-16) February 16, 1972 (age 46)
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, West Germany (now Germany, US, UA)
Political party Republican
Residence Wilmington, North Carolina
Education North Carolina State University (BS)

David Cheston Rouzer /ˈrzər/ (born February 16, 1972) is the U.S Representative for North Carolina's 7th congressional district. Previously he was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing constituents in Johnston County and Wayne County in the 12th district of the North Carolina Senate.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Rouzer was born in Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, West Germany, where his father was based, in 1972.[1] Rouzer was raised in Durham, North Carolina, where he attended Northern High School.

Rouzer attended North Carolina State University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. In 1994, Rouzer earned a bachelor of arts degree in agricultural business management, agricultural economics, and chemistry.[1] Rouzer is also a graduate of the Fund for American Studies' Institutes on Business and Government Affairs and American Economic and Political Systems.[2][3]

Rouzer has been a small business owner of The Rouzer Company and the Warehouse Distribution. From 2001 to 2002, he was assistant to the dean at the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. From 2005 to 2006, he was an associate-rural administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[4]

Early political career[edit]

From 1996 to 2001, Rouzer was a legislative aid and Senior Policy Adviser for U.S. Senators Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole. In 2000, he ran for North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture and lost the Republican primary.

North Carolina Senate[edit]


In 2008, incumbent Republican State Senator Fred Smith decided to retire in order to run for Governor of North Carolina. Rouzer decided to run and defeated Nena Reeves in the Republican primary 68%–32%.[5] In the general election, he defeated Kay Carroll 52%–48%.[6] In 2010, he won re-election with 70% of the vote.[7]


Rouzer receives a majority of his funding from agribusiness, receiving more than $289,000 from this sector in the 2012 congressional elections.[8]

He worked on strengthening laws allowing youths to obtain a drivers license. He is also a proponent for the "sea-level rise" legislation in 2012 that sought to mandate that only historical data be used to predict future trends.[9]

He favors repealing the 2010 health care reform law. In the 2012 election he released a TV ad in which his grandmother promises that the candidate would not cut Medicare if elected.[10] Rouzer believes immigrants should be fluent in English before being granted U.S. citizenship. He opposes abortion rights.[9]


In his four years, he has sponsored 17 bills that have become signed into law.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

Standing/Select Committees
  • Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources (Co-Chairman)
  • Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources (Co-Chairman)
  • Finance
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary I
  • Program Evaluation
  • Select Committee on UNC Board of Governors
Non-Standing Committee
  • Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission (Chairman)
  • Consolidated Environmental Commission Committee
  • Joint Legislative Task Force on Diabetes Prevention and Awareness
  • Environmental Review Commission (Chairman)
  • Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology
  • Joint Regulatory Reform Committee (Chairman)
  • Revenue Laws Study Committee
  • Joint Select Committee on Tornado Damage Response [12]

Rouzer is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[13]

2012 congressional election[edit]

After Republican-controlled redistricting, he decided to give up his state senate seat to run in the newly redrawn North Carolina's 7th congressional district and challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre. His home in Johnston County had been drawn into the district; it had previously been in the 2nd District.

In the Republican primary, Rouzer defeated both 2010 nominee Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow, but won just four of the district's twelve counties: Johnston (82%), Sampson (49%), Lenoir (43%), and Hoke (38%).[14][15] However, his margin in Johnston County, the second-largest county in the reconfigured district, was enough for him to win.

The redrawn 7th is much more conservative and Republican than its predecessor. Roll Call rates the election as leans Republican.[16]

After an official tabulation showed that Rouzer had lost the election to McIntyre by 655 votes, Rouzer asked for a recount on November 21, 2012. After the recount, Rouzer conceded the race to McIntyre on November 28. It was the closest House race in the country. Mitt Romney carried the district with 56 percent of the vote.

2014 congressional election[edit]

Rouzer ran for the 7th district again in 2014. McIntyre retired rather than face a rematch. Most pundits believed that with McIntyre's retirement, the seat would be an easy GOP pickup. Even before his near-miss in 2012, the 7th had been trending Republican for some time.

Rouzer won the general election with almost 60% of the vote. Upon taking office in January 2015, he became only the second Republican to represent a significant portion of eastern North Carolina in the House since Reconstruction.


  1. ^ a b "David Rouzer". The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina). October 25, 2008. p. G22.
  2. ^ "About David Rouzer". Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Voter's Guide". The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina). May 3, 2014. p. 9E.
  4. ^ "David Rouzer's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "NC State Senate 12 - R Primary Race - May 06, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  6. ^ "NC State Senate 12 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  7. ^ "NC State Senate 012 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  8. ^ "David Rouzer's Campaign Finances". Project Vote Smart. One Common Ground. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "David Rouzer (R)". Election 2012. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  10. ^ "Rouzer's grandmother, cousins promise no Medicare cuts in new TV ad". News & Observer. McClatchy Newspapers. September 11, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  11. ^ Gannon, Patrick. "Fact check - Flaws in McIntyre-Rouzer debate claims". StarNewsOnline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  12. ^ "North Carolina General Assembly - Senator () Committee Assignments (2015-2016 Session)". Ncga.state.nc.us. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  13. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  14. ^ "North Carolina State Board of Elections : State Wide Primary Election : 2012". Results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  15. ^ "NC District 07- R Primary Race - May 08, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  16. ^ "North Carolina: GOP Nominee Attacks Mike McIntyre in 7th District - At the Races". Atr.rollcall.com. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2016-03-04.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike McIntyre
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Kathleen Rice
D-New York
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Steve Russell