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Biography

Elected: 2012, 1st term.

Born: July 28, 1959, Verdun, France

Home: Cashiers

Education: 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

Religion: Christian

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6401

(202) 226-6422

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1024
Washington, DC 20515-3311

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6401

(202) 226-6422

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1024
Washington, DC 20515-3311

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 693-5660

(828) 693-5603

Henderson County Court House Suite 90
Hendersonville, NC 28792-5088

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 693-5660

(828) 693-5603

200 North Grove Street Suite 90
Hendersonville, NC 28792-5088

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 426-8701

2345 Morganton Boulevard
Lenoir, NC 28645

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 426-8701

2345 Morganton Boulevard
Lenoir, NC 28645

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 452-6022

285 North Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 452-6022

285 North Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 765-0573

11 Crystal Street
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

DISTRICT OFFICE

(828) 765-0573

Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce Building
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(828) 778-5226

PO Box 811
Hendersonville, NC 28793-0811

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 811
Hendersonville, NC 28793-0811

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Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent

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Legislative Correspondent

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Legislative Correspondent

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Technology

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Telecommunications

Martha van Lieshout
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent

Transportation

Ben Williamson
Legislative Correspondent

Veterans

Martha van Lieshout
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Mark Meadows
Votes: 190,319
Percent: 57.42%
Hayden Rogers
Votes: 141,107
Percent: 42.58%
2012 RUNOFF
Mark Meadows
Votes: 17,520
Percent: 76.2%
Vance Patterson
Votes: 5,471
Percent: 23.8%
2012 PRIMARY
Mark Meadows
Votes: 35,733
Percent: 37.83%
Vance Patterson
Votes: 22,306
Percent: 23.61%
Jeff Hunt
Votes: 13,353
Percent: 14.14%
Ethan Wingfield
Votes: 10,697
Percent: 11.32%
Susan Harris
Votes: 5,825
Percent: 6.17%

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