Ted Budd

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Ted Budd
Ted Budd official portrait, 115th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 13th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byGeorge Holding
Personal details
Theodore Paul Budd

(1971-10-21) October 21, 1971 (age 48)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Amy Kate
EducationAppalachian State University (BS)
Dallas Theological Seminary (MA)
Wake Forest University (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Theodore Paul Budd (born October 21, 1971) is an American politician from the state of North Carolina. A Republican, Budd is the member of the United States House of Representatives for North Carolina's 13th congressional district.

Early life and career[edit]

Budd was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1971.[1] When he was young, his family moved to a 300-acre (120 ha) farm on the Yadkin River in Davie County outside Advance, where they raise cattle and chickens.[2][3][4][5] His father owned a facility-services company.[3]

Budd attended Davie County High School, graduating in 1990. He then went to Appalachian State University, where he studied business, graduating in 1994.[2] Budd earned his master's degree in business administration from the Wake Forest University School of Business.[2][3] He owns a gun store in Rural Hall, North Carolina.[2][3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Following a court-mandated redistricting, the old 13th District was essentially merged with the 2nd District. A new 13th District was created, stretching from the northern suburbs of Charlotte to Greensboro. The old 13th's incumbent, Republican George Holding, opted to run in the 2nd. Budd ran as one of 17 candidates in the ensuing primary for the 13th District Republican nomination in the 2016 elections.[6] His home had previously been in the 5th District, but had been drawn into the 13th.

With the help of the Club for Growth, which spent over $285,000 to aid Budd's campaign,[4] he won his primary with 20% of the vote.[7][8] He faced Bruce Davis, a former Guilford County Commissioner, in the general election.[9] Budd won the election with 56% of the vote.[10] He was sworn into office on January 3, 2017.[11]

Budd is a member of the Freedom Caucus.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Budd met his wife, Amy Kate, on a mission to the Soviet Union in 1991. They have three children, who are homeschooled. They live on the Davie County farm where Budd was raised.[3]


  1. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Budd may have had 'rookie' advantage". Davie County Enterprise Record. June 30, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "How a gun store owner with no political experience won the nation's most crowded primary". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Record, Taft Wireback Greensboro News &. "Political neophyte draws big-dollar support in District 13 House race". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ted Budd a likeable guy". Davie County Enterprise Record. July 7, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Seventeen Republicans Walk into a Primary..." Roll Call. May 23, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "13th District: Ted Budd wins his first run for office". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Gowing, Dale; Mastandrea, Nina. "Ted Budd wins big in 13th". Mooresville Tribune. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Davis: Experience a must for U.S. House seat". News & Record. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Rickard, Tim (November 8, 2016). "Political newcomer Ted Budd wins redrawn U.S. House 13th District". News & Record. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Douglas, William (January 3, 2017). "New House Rep. Ted Budd of NC sworn into office; now he'll bunk there". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  12. ^ Dexheimer, Elizabeth (July 5, 2017). "Taking Wall Street's Side, Young Congressman Infuriates Allies". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 7, 2018. Budd affiliated himself with the Freedom Caucus

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Holding
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 13th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Anthony G. Brown
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Salud Carbajal