Richard Hudson (American politician)

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Richard Hudson
Richard Hudson official congressional photo.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 46)
Franklin, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Renee Hudson
Education University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA)
Website House website

Richard Lane 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 and education[edit]

Hudson was born in Franklin, Virginia,[1] but has lived in the Charlotte area since childhood. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 1990, and from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996,[2] where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Order.[3] He has a bachelor's degree in political science and history, and served as student body president and president of the College Republicans.[1]

Early career[edit]

Active in politics for many years, Hudson served as district director for 8th District Congressman Robin Hayes [4] from 1999 to 2005.[5] At various times, he served on the staffs of Republicans Virginia Foxx, John Carter and Mike Conaway.[5] He also served as communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party in the mid-1990s.[1] In 1996 he worked for Richard Vinroot's campaign for governor, and as campaign manager for Pat McCrory's run for governor in 2008.[1] Hudson was the president of Cabarrus Marketing Group, a small business consulting and marketing company he started in 2011 and dissolved upon his election to Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Hudson's first official portrait

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[6] 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.[7]

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

2014 election[edit]

Hudson was opposed by Antonio Blue in the general election and won 64.9% to 35.1% [8]

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

  • EPA et al. Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R.5538, 114th Congress) Rep. Hudson proposes two amendments to (a) prohibit any of the funds appropriated to the EPA be used for any firearms or ammunition and (b) prohibit any of the funds appropriated to the EPA be used for employee or officer official travel by airplane.[10]
  • Hudson sponsored a bill requiring the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop a comprehensive technology acquisition plan.[11] The Government Accountability Office and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General each found that the TSA's lack of a technology acquisition plan led to waste, excessive costs, and security failures.[11] The bill passed both Houses of Congress, becoming law on 12/18/2012.
  • Hudson sponsored a bill to improve airport security in reaction to the 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting.[12] The bill was reintroduced by Rep. John Katko and became law in the 114th Congress.

Political stances[edit]

Trump's travel ban[edit]

Hudson supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that "At a time of grave security threats, President Trump is right to pause the flow of refugees from countries where terrorism is rampant until we can properly vet them and implement additional screening for individuals traveling to and from these countries."[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "Richard Hudson - Candidate for U.S. President, Republican Nomination - Election 2012". Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  2. ^ "HUDSON, Richard - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  3. ^ "Congressman Richard Hudson". Kappa Alpha Order. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Congressman Richard Hudson | North Carolina Heroes' Fund". Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  5. ^ a b Editor, David Sinclair/Managing. "Hudson, Mills Vie for Congressional Seat". The Pilot Newspaper. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  6. ^ David Perlmutt and Lukas Johnson (18 July 2012). "Hudson to take on Kissell in U.S. District 8". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  7. ^ Franco Ordoñez (28 August 2012). "Concord hopeful Hudson speaks role at Republican National Convention". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Richard Hudson - Ballotpedia".
  9. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Let the WOTUS court fights commence!".
  11. ^ a b Kasperowicz, Pete (2 December 2013). "House to push tech reform at TSA". The Hill. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  12. ^ Weikel, Dan (22 July 2014). "House passes bill to improve airport security in wake of LAX shooting". LA Times. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  13. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017.

External links[edit]

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

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
George Holding
R-North Carolina
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jared Huffman