Richard Hudson (American politician)
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Larry Kissell|
November 4, 1971 |
Franklin, Virginia, U.S.
|Education||University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA)|
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
Hudson was born in Franklin, Virginia, 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, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He has a bachelor's degree in political science and history, and served as student body president and president of the College Republicans.
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 in the mid-1990s. In 1996 he worked for Richard Vinroot's campaign for governor, and as campaign manager for Pat McCrory's run for governor in 2008. 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
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 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.
Hudson defeated Kissell with 54 percent of the vote to Kissell's 46 percent and took office in January 2013.
Hudson was opposed by Antonio Blue in the general election and won 64.9% to 35.1% 
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Republican Study Committee
- 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.
- Restore Free Speech (H.R. 127, 113th congress)- the first bill that Rep. Hudson ever co-sponsored was to repeal the Johnson Amendment of 1954. He has since co-sponsored other versions on the bill.
- Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act (H.R. 2719; 113th Congress) - Hudson introduced this bill into the US House on July 18, 2013. The bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop a comprehensive technology acquisition plan. 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. This bill was written in response. The bill passed both Houses of Congress and on 12/18/2012 became Public Law No. 113-245.
- Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2014 (H.R. 4802; 113th Congress) - Hudson introduced this bill into the House on June 6, 2014. The bill is a reaction to lessons learned from the 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting. The bill was reintroduced by Rep. John Katko and became law in the 114th Congress.
- Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 - Hudson introduced this bill into the House on January 3, 2017. On December 6, 2017 the bill passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 231-198. If it passes in the Senate as well, it will allow the concealed carrying of handguns across all state lines in the country by anyone with a license to carry in any state.
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.”
- "Richard Hudson - Candidate for U.S. President, Republican Nomination - Election 2012". WSJ.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "HUDSON, Richard - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "Congressman Richard Hudson". Kappa Alpha Order. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "Congressman Richard Hudson | North Carolina Heroes' Fund". www.ncheroes.org. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- Editor, David Sinclair/Managing. "Hudson, Mills Vie for Congressional Seat". The Pilot Newspaper. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Richard Hudson - Ballotpedia".
- "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- "Let the WOTUS court fights commence!".
- "Text of H.R. 127 (113th): To restore the Free Speech and First Amendment rights of churches and exempt ... (Introduced version) - GovTrack.us".
- "H.R. 2719 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (2 December 2013). "House to push tech reform at TSA". The Hill. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "H.R. 4802 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- Weikel, Dan (22 July 2014). "House passes bill to improve airport security in wake of LAX shooting". LA Times. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "House Bill 38". congress.gov.
- Fandos, Nicholas (2017-12-06). "House Votes to Sharply Expand Concealed-Carry Gun Rights". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- Tatum, Sophie (2017-12-05). "House to vote on concealed carry reciprocity bill". CNN. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
- Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- Congressman Richard Hudson official U.S. House site
- Richard Hudson for Congress
- Richard Hudson at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority