Education: U. of North Carolina, Charlotte, B.A. 1996 (history & political science)
Career: Communications consulting company president; congressional aide; state party aide; gubernatorial campaign aide
Political highlights: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, 2001-05
Richard Hudson, R-N.C. (8th District)
A former chief of staff to three GOP lawmakers, Hudson says he enjoyed being "a behind-the-scenes problem solver" until his frustration with the countrys direction and Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell prompted him to run for office himself.
"I already know how Congress functions. I already know how the committee process works. And so I believe I can be effective on day one," he says.
Hudsons top priorities are a balanced-budget amendment and cutting spending, and he shares his other focus, jobs and the economy, with many members of both parties.
He believes uncertainty in areas such as tax policy, energy and health care costs is preventing those who have the capital to create jobs from moving forward. He opposes the 2010 health care law, which he thinks will bankrupt the federal government, and has pledged not to raise taxes.
"I think the best path is to cut spending and to increase revenues by getting more people back to work," he says.
As a representative of Charlotte, a large banking center, Hudson is eyeing a seat on the Financial Services Committee, where he could work on rolling back provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul that he thinks went too far.
Hudson is also interested in helping his district from the Agriculture Committee. He says recent regulations are making farming more expensive, while trade policy and eliminating inheritance taxes are priorities as well.
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Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.