Meet David


With an extensive background in public policy and a wide range of work experience, David has quickly distinguished himself as a skilled member of Congress representing the 7th Congressional District, which is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, a significant portion of the country’s animal agricultural production, and some of the most beautiful beaches and coastal communities in America.  He is considered one of the most effective of the conservative members of Congress and has earned the Award for Excellence from the well established and highly regarded American Conservative Union.  David is also “A rated” by the National Rifle Association with a 100% voting record, endorsed by the National Right to Life and the National Federation of Independent Businesses among many others.

By landing the chairmanship of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee before being sworn-in as a freshman member, David earned the rare distinction as one of the very few, if anyone, in the history of the House Agriculture Committee to hold a gavel on day one.   As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he has quickly proven himself to be a very strong advocate for our beach communities, our ports, our waterways, and our interstate and highway infrastructure needs.

David has also proven to be a great champion for our veterans, and his voting record is testament to his commitment to ensuring that our military has the resources necessary to protect America at home and abroad.  Understanding the needs of small businesses and what it takes to create jobs, he has worked hard to push back against rules and regulations, which cost the national economy close to $2 trillion annually.

David is a founding member of the Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus, a bi-partisan group of members working to address issues unique to those living in coastal communities around the country.  The economic health and quality of life in these environments are directly connected to the state of the shoreline and water, a fact too often overlooked and ignored.  Due to David’s concern about the lack of access to primary care, he is also a founding member of the Primary Care Caucus in order to focus attention on the healthcare needs of rural communities.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2014, David had been involved in public policy development and implementation and legislative strategy for more than a decade.  His career has taken him from Capitol Hill where he worked with U.S. Senators Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole to NC State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to his work with the private sector as a business consultant to his work at USDA Rural Development during the administration of President George W. Bush.  David also served two terms in the North Carolina Senate, representing Johnston County and Wayne County, where he was consistently ranked as one of the Legislature’s most effective pro-business members and recognized widely for his leadership in reforming the state’s regulatory structure and cutting costly and unnecessary rules and regulations.

For press inquiries