David Rouzer Committee Assignments

David Cheston Rouzer (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, Germany in 1972. He was raised in Durham, North Carolina where he attended Northern High School. He then attended North Carolina State University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Rouzer earned a professional B.A. in 1994 in three different majors: Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Economics, and Chemistry. He is also a graduate of the Fund for American Studies' Institutes on Business and Government Affairs and American Economic and Political Systems.[1]

He has been a small business owner of The Rouzer Company and the Warehouse Distribution. From 2001–2002, he was assistant to the Dean at the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. From 2005–2006, he was an associate-rural Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[2]

Early political career[edit]

From 1996–2001, 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%.[3] In the general election, he defeated Kay Carroll 52%–48%.[4] In 2010, he won re-election with 70% of the vote.[5]


Rouzer receives a majority of his funding from agribusiness, receiving more than $289,000 from this sector in the 2012 congressional elections.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] Rouzer believes immigrants should be fluent in English before being granted U.S. citizenship. He opposes abortion rights.[7]


In his four years, he has sponsored 17 bills that have become signed into law.[9]

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 [10]

Rouzer is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[11]

2012 congressional election[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012 § District 7

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%).[12][13] 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.[14]

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. ^https://web.archive.org/web/20121012195836/http://www.davidrouzer.com/about-david-rouzer/. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  2. ^"David Rouzer's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. 1972-02-16. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  3. ^"NC State Senate 12 - R Primary Race - May 06, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  4. ^"NC State Senate 12 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  5. ^"NC State Senate 012 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  6. ^"David Rouzer's Campaign Finances". Project Vote Smart. One Common Ground. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ ab"David Rouzer (R)". Election 2012. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  8. ^"Rouzer's grandmother, cousins promise no Medicare cuts in new TV ad". News & Observer. McClatchy Newspapers. September 11, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  9. ^Gannon, Patrick. "Fact check - Flaws in McIntyre-Rouzer debate claims". StarNewsOnline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  10. ^"North Carolina General Assembly - Senator () Committee Assignments (2015-2016 Session)". Ncga.state.nc.us. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  11. ^"Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  12. ^"North Carolina State Board of Elections : State Wide Primary Election : 2012". Results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  13. ^"NC District 07- R Primary Race - May 08, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  14. ^"North Carolina: GOP Nominee Attacks Mike McIntyre in 7th District - At the Races". Atr.rollcall.com. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Rouzer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rouzer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Rouzer has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

David Rouzer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rouzer was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rouzer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (36%)Environmental Protection (21%)Education (14%)Social Welfare (14%)Taxation (14%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rouzer’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rouzer’s VoteVote Description
No H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
Feb 9, 2018. Passed 240/186.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay H.R. 4919: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 346/66.
Nay S. 1252: Global Food Security Act of 2016
Jul 6, 2016. Passed 369/53.
The Global Food Security Act of 2016 (Pub.L. 114–195), is a law introduced on March 24, 2015 in the 114th Congress by Representative Christopher Henry "Chris" Smith (New Jersey-R) and on May 7, 2015 by Senator Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania-D), and signed by ...
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Mar 2018, Rouzer missed 12 of 2,136 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2015 Jan-Mar14410.7%26th
2015 Apr-Jun24410.4%27th
2015 Jul-Sep13900.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec17700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar13700.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun20400.0%0th
2016 Jul-Sep23200.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20800.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun13642.9%68th
2017 Jul-Sep19900.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec16721.2%40th
2018 Jan-Mar10144.0%61st

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David Rouzer is pronounced:

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