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Address: 1516 LHOB, DC 20515
Phone: (828) 693-5660
Address: 200 North Grove Street, Hendersonville NC 28792-5088
Phone: (828) 426-8701
Address: 2345 Morganton Boulevard, Lenoir NC 28645
Phone: (828) 452-6022
Address: 285 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
Phone: (828) 765-0573
Address: 11 Crystal Street, Spruce Pine NC 28777
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- Elected: 2012, 1st term.
- District: North Carolina 11
- Born: Jul. 28, 1959, Verdun, France
- Home: Cashiers
University of South Florida, B.S., 1983
- Professional Career:
Real-estate developer, 1990-2012; owner, sandwich shop, 1986-1990; director, customer relations and public safety, Tampa Electric, 1983-86
- Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
- Family: Married (Debbie Meadows); 2 children
Businessman and longtime Republican activist Mark Meadows took back this seat for his party in Western North Carolina’s 11th District by beating Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler’s former chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, in 2012.
Meadows was born in the 42nd Army Field Hospital in Verdun, France, while his father was stationed abroad. His father was a draftsman; his mother, a surgical nurse. He attended high school in the Tampa, Fla., area, where he met his wife, Debbie, and went on to get a degree in business management from the University of South Florida. After college, he went to work for Tampa Electric, but he and his wife dreamed of living in North Carolina. “My wife and I honeymooned here 33 years ago, and we said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to retire to the mountains one day?’ Instead of retiring, we just moved up” in 1986, Meadows said in an interview with National Journal. He and Debbie started a small sandwich shop in the resort town of Highlands, running it for a few years before selling it and turning to real estate investments.
A self-described history buff, Meadows says that his observations of history and experiences as a businessman drew him to conservative politics. He was the only person who showed up for a precinct meeting of the local Republican Party, thus becoming precinct chair and eventually county chair. He has worked on behalf of GOP candidates for 25 years and was a delegate to state and national Republican conventions.
In 2010, Republicans captured a majority of seats in both houses of North Carolina’s General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction, and with decennial redistricting took aim at reducing the Democrats’ 7-6 majority in the state’s House delegation in Congress. Shuler’s 11th District was one of four targeted, and it was revamped to become significantly more conservative. Shuler, who had challenged Nancy Pelosi for minority leader following the 2010 elections, decided to retire in February, setting up a competition for the open seat.
Meadows faced six Republicans in the May primary. He won with 38% the vote, just 2 points shy of the 40% he needed to avoid a runoff. Meadows faced tea party activist Vance Patterson of Morganton in the runoff campaign. Both men stressed their opposition to increases in federal spending and regulation. Despite a low turnout of less than 5%, Meadows trounced Patterson, 76% to 24%.
In Rogers, Meadows faced a Democratic opponent who easily won his primary and earned significant financial backing from local business and labor interests. A moderate Western North Carolina native, he was regarded as the Democrats’ best chance to hold onto the seat. Rogers ran ads espousing his “mountain values” and sought to depict his opponent as wealthy and out of touch. But Meadows played up his business background, and his own ads, which focused heavily on opposition to President Barack Obama, struck a chord with the district’s conservatives. He won, 57% to 43% for Rogers.Show Less