Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows

NORTH CAROLINA's 11th DISTRICT

Mark's Weekly Update

2015/01/30

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the Christmas and Hanukkah season with your family and friends. As I spent time with my family this past week, I was reminded of the many blessings we experience as Americans. Amidst the celebrations, I was able to pause and reflect back on the year's blessings--as well as the hardships.  This year, North Carolina hit a symbolic milestone. It regained all the jobs lost during the Great Recession. Further, North Carolina leapt from 44th to 16th place in the country for best business tax climate—meaning more and more businesses will continue to invest in our great state, bringing jobs with them. I've spoken with many of you who have begun to feel the recovery in our state, but still, many struggle. My goal in this coming Congress is to continue to fight for pro-growth policies that will directly impact North Carolina. In November, I was honored and humbled to be reelected by the great people of the 11th District. I do not take this responsibility lightly--it is my job to represent you and make your voice heard in Washington.  Since my election to Congress, my office has corresponded with more than 100,000 constituents in all 17 counties of the 11th District through email, casework, and tours. My office has an open-door and "open-line" policy. We are here to serve you. Whether you need assistance with casework or simply want to voice your opinion on an upcoming vote, please don't hesitate to contact me. As we begin the 114th Congress, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House as well as those serving in the incoming Republican Senate. I am confident this coming year will be a productive one and a chance to move our country forward in the right direction. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year and look forward to working for you in 2015. God bless. Mark             Read More

Breitbart: HFC Founding Member: "We will fight for conservative values"

2015/01/28

The newly formed House Freedom Caucus will push back against soft Republican efforts to simply pass bills and instead will pursue a true conservative agenda, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) tells Breitbart News. “The way we get success [for conservatism] is not accepting milquetoast, middle of the road legislation that really doesn’t do anything, but that we fight for our principles and even if we lose on the vote, we continue to build support among our countryman that, ‘Hey this is the way we go,’” Fleming explained in an interview Monday. Fleming, one of the nine founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, argued that demonstrating what true conservatism looks like will serve to increase the ranks of conservatives in elected office. “And just keep coming at it, keep passing bills that are strongly Republican,” he continued. “We’ll keep sending more and more conservatives to Washington and we’ll eventually get these bills passed. But don’t be afraid to pass good, strong conservative legislation.” The House Freedom Caucus, founded by some of the House’s more conservative members, officially launched Monday. It’s mission statement focuses on the idea that the group represents what the people want, giving “a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.” According to Fleming, the founding members saw a need for a more activist conservative body as they realized that the conservative Republican Study Committee had gotten too large and its members were not necessarily conservative enough. “I think among different members there had been concerns that the RSC had grown so large and it had many members who really didn’t have that conservative voting records, which really is a testimony to what a positive brand conservatism is,” Fleming said. “Everybody who is a Republican wants to call themselves conservative even if they don’t necessarily vote that way” The idea was to create a group that could help to encourage House leadership to more conservative principles. “This is a way of kind of refocusing, redefining and making sure we know where we want to go as a conservative group of Republicans and provide leadership in that way,” he said. Fleming explained that the idea is to be a positive force for conservatism and encouraging the conference to follow through. “The biggest complaint that I get is: Why do you guys buckle at the last minute,” he said pointing to the recent funding of executive amnesty with the cromnibus late last year as an example. “Not just our base but many across America who are independents and really swing voters are just so frustrated that we claim to do one thing and we end up doing something much shorter than that. And so that is really what we’re about is delivering on what we promised the American people, even what our leadership is promising,” Fleming said. The new caucus had several meetings already and has had between 30-40 members attend the group meetings discussing the formation of the caucus, Fleming said. Membership will be by invitation and, in order to fund the endeavor, require members to pay dues. “We want to be sure that those who join us are truly conservative,” Fleming explained. “That they have a history — in the case of freshman through their rhetoric, through their beliefs and ideals of being conservatives. Or members who have a true voting record that reflects that. We want to be sure that, again, people are not joining us just to be called conservative, that they really intend to be an activist in that pursuit.” Other founding members of the group include: Reps. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Justin Amash (R-MI), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Mark Meadows (R-NC). Read More

Newsmax: Conservatives set up new HFC

2015/01/28

Conservative lawmakers in the House have set-up a new group called the "Freedom Caucus," splitting from the Republican Study Committee after saying it had become too wedded to the leadership, The Hill reported. There are nine founding members, many of whom voted against House Speaker John Boehner's re-election earlier this month.  "The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans," the mission statement says, according to The Hill. The caucus is made up of New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador, South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Florida Ron DeSantis, and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, The Hill said. Mulvaney waged a bid to be the new chairman of the RSC in the fall but lost to Texas Rep. Bill Flores, The Hill noted.   Read More

Breitbart: House Republicans launch HFC

2015/01/28

A new caucus aimed at pushing “an agenda of limited, constitutional government” is up-and-running, launched by nine conservative members of the House of Representatives. Monday the conservative Republicans — including many who’ve been critics of House leadership — announced the formation of what they call the House Freedom Caucus. “The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,” the group’s mission statement reads. “We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans,” it adds. The founding members of the group are: Reps. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Jim Jordan (R-OH), John Fleming (R-LA), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Justin Amash (R-MI), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Mark Meadows (R-NC). National Journal first reported about the — then unnamed — caucus earlier this month as some conservatives expressed frustration with the direction of the Republican Study Committee. According to National Journal, the founding members have been dissatisfied that the RSC, which was set up to wield conservative force in the conference, has been getting too close to leadership. Read More

McClatchy DC: House GOP members form new conservative caucus

2015/01/28

Nine conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives have formed a new group in hopes of pushing a more conservative agenda in the chamber. The new House Freedom Caucus will give ‘a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,’ the group announced in a statement Monday. The group is an alternative to the Republican Study Committee, which some lawmakers contend has become too close with the House Republican leadership. ‘We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty and prosperity of all Americans.’ The group’s founding members are Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Rep. John Fleming, R-La., Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Iowa, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.     Read More

FCW: Chaffetz seeks new tone on Oversight panel, but old disputes remain

2015/01/28

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz gaveled in the post-Darrell Issa era of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Jan. 27, offering a rhetorical olive branch to the minority while adopting a rules package that the panel's top Democrat said was "worse than the rules we had under Chairman Issa." The hearing room had been scrubbed of portraits of past committee leaders at the new chairman's request, in a pointed gesture designed to turn the page on the contentious leadership of Issa, a California Republican who now chairs the House Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee. "It is my hope that [ranking member] Mr. Cummings and I can work together to uncover ways to improve the way our government operates so we are maximizing every tax dollar that is spent," Chaffetz said of Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings. But Democrats were less than satisfied with the substance of the new chairman's agenda. And while Chaffetz -- who was Issa's point man during the panel's heated hearings on Benghazi -- sports an affable, media-friendly demeanor, he is hardly a shrinking violet, ensuring that the committee with jurisdiction over the federal workforce will continue to provide more than its share of controversy. The Oversight panel has broad jurisdiction over government operations, and its mandate allows it to investigate basically whatever the chairman wants. Under Issa, this included probes into the attacks on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, alleged bias against conservative groups shown by the IRS office charged with awarding tax-exempt status to non-profit organizations, and a Justice Department program to track illegal cross-border gun sales known as "Fast and Furious." In that last probe, a subpoena for documents issued by Issa to Attorney General Eric Holder was effectively ignored by the Obama administration, and the GOP-led House of Representatives responded by voting to hold Holder in contempt. Democratic members of the committee still seethe about the contempt vote, and Issa is a key flashpoint for their anger. In his opening statement, Cummings unleashed a tirade against Issa's conduct as chairman. "The last four years were filled with acrimony, partisanship and sometimes vulgar displays," Cummings said. "They were a stain on this committee's integrity and an embarrassment to the House of Representatives." If that weren't enough, any hope for a new era of good feeling were dampened by objections from committee Democrats about the new rules. Democrats objected to a new measure eliminating the requirement that the ranking member consent to the extended questioning of witnesses -- questioning beyond the five-minute rule that applies to members in committee hearings, or for questioning by committee counsel or other accredited staff. Additionally, Democrats sought, through an amendment offered by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), to roll back the chairman's ability to subpoena witnesses or documents without obtaining the consent of the ranking member, or putting the subpoena request to a vote of the full committee. The amendment failed on a party-line vote, and no Democrats supported the new rules package. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) said that Chaffetz was "doubling down on the Issa model," and that Republican leaders were "Issa-tizing the House." This assessment is not far off from Issa's own read, although he naturally sees the development in a more positive light. "Lots of committees are forming more aggressive [oversight and investigations] subcommittees, and have plans to do much of the work that we did," Issa told FCW. "Many of the talented people I was honored to work with have now been recruited by other committees who want to duplicate a lot of that. This cross-pollination is actually a very good thing." Still, while Chaffetz is promising a more collegial tone on the committee, he clearly isn't planning on pulling back from the committee's traditional role as a watchdog of federal employees and programs. "We have wonderful federal employees that work hard," he said. "They're diligent. They're patriotic. From time to time there are problems, and those have to be addressed." Chaffetz also formally announced the revival of the Information Technology Subcommittee. Led by freshman Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), the panel will focus on IT policy and procurement, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, information security management, telecommunications, and privacy. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) was tapped as the ranking member. Many IT issues will still go through the Subcommittee on Government Operations, led by Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), with Connolly as ranking member. Their portfolio includes government financial management and accounting, government management, procurement, public information and federal records. Read More

Meadows to Serve on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittees Critical to NC

2015/01/28

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) has been reappointed to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Within this Committee, he will serve on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, the Subcommittee on Aviation, and the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. The Highways and Transit Subcommittee is responsible for developing national transportation policy for interstate highways and public transit systems, as well as overseeing the Department of Transportation (DOT) programs. The Aviation Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation policy. Finally, the Economic Development, Public Building, and Emergency Management Subcommittee oversees policy for our nation’s federal buildings and disaster relief efforts. “I’m grateful to Chairman Shuster for giving me the opportunity to serve on these Subcommittees that directly impact businesses and individuals in my home district,” Congressman Meadows said. “Supporting infrastructure is critically important to facilitating commerce and spurring economic growth and job creation across North Carolina, which boasts one of the largest highway networks in the United States. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to enact sound transportation policy that provides the long-term certainty that State DOTs and municipalities need,” Meadows added. ### Read More

Conservatives Form House Freedom Caucus

2015/01/26

  Conservatives Form House Freedom Caucus Washington, D.C. – Conservative House Members announced on Monday the formation of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), which will focus on advancing an agenda of limited, constitutional government. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is a founding Member of the new caucus. The HFC has adopted the following mission statement: The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety, and prosperity of all Americans. “The HFC will work to provide a unified conservative voice in the House Republican Conference. I look forward to working with leadership to make the concerns of conservatives known as we work together to advance a pro-growth, limited government agenda in the House,” Congressman Mark Meadows said. The HFC's founding members are Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI),  Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).   ### Read More

Carolina Public Press: After Tuesday’s SOTU, WNC Republicans issue critiques

2015/01/22

Despite new-found control in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, Republican lawmakers representing North Carolina spent more time in their seats than their Democratic colleagues Tuesday evening, at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. The speech, Obama’s sixth as president, found him declaring a page turned after years of war and recession and championing policies geared at the middle class — including reforms to the nation’s tax code and a proposal for free community college. Coming in at just under an hour, the president challenged Republican House and Senate members to “recapture a sense of common purpose” and pursue policies rooted in American values. House members representing the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina — Rep. Patrick McHenry,Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Virginia Foxx — did not give the address favorable reviews. “Tonight, President Obama had the opportunity to lay out a bipartisan agenda, aimed at achieving consensus with congressional Republicans during his final two years in office,” McHenry said in a news release issued immediately following the speech. “Unfortunately what I heard was more of the same big government polices which have not worked and were repudiated at the ballot box by the American people last November.” McHenry, who was named vice chair of the House Financial Services Committee earlier this month and represents North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, also criticized policies embraced by the president, including the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, arguing it had “driven up borrowing costs” for small businesses. Despite belonging to the party opposing the president, McHenry offered his only guest invitation to Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, a Democrat. Manheimer told the Asheville Citizen-Times that the congressman offered the seat to her as someone whom he thought would be able to “appreciate the message.” McHenry’s take on the speech was similar to that of his colleague, Rep. Mark Meadows. Meadows, who represents the state’s 11th Congressional District, took issue with the president’s rhetoric. “While many of [Obama’s] policy proposals seem well-intentioned, they miss the mark when it comes to growing the economy and getting Americans back to work, which should be the top priorities of both the president and Congress,” Meadows said in a news release. “Tonight, President Obama proposed what amounts to $320 billion in new taxes on Americans over the next 10 years.” To back his claim, Meadows cited an article published by Americans for Tax Reform, the organization renowned for its no new tax pledge and headed by lobbyist Grover Norquist. Rep. Virginia Foxx, who represents a portion of Western North Carolina in the state’s 5th Congressional District, slammed the president’s speech, declaring him “mired in the past.” “The American people spoke loud and clear in November, but it’s evident from tonight’s State of the Union that President Obama wasn’t listening,” Foxx said in a news release. “Despite a rejection of his policies at the ballot box, the president continues to propose outdated, Washington-centered ideas that simply don’t work.” Foxx, who was elected to a sixth term last year, decried the president’s proposals on tax reform and higher education, calling the latter a “top-down federal government boondoggle.” Still, the congresswoman thought highly enough of Obama to ask for what appeared to be an autograph on the floor following his address, causing a buzz among social media users who spotted her on TV. Along with criticism, Meadows and McHenry also offered brief comments on areas where they saw potential for the Democratic president to cooperate with the Republican majority in Congress. “There were areas where I believe congressional Republicans can work together with Mr. Obama, especially as it relates to cybersecurity and trade policy,” McHenry said. “The president can work with the new Congress to implement policies including tax reform, regulatory reform and investment in our infrastructure that will help grow our economy,” Meadows added. “I will continue to prioritize support for pro-growth policies that tangibly help my constituents and boost our economy.” Republican Senators from North Carolina echoed their House colleagues in their negative reviews of the president’s address. In a news release, Sen. Richard Burr rebuked the president’s threats of vetoing legislation passed by the GOP-led chambers. “It is clear that the president is once again proposing to raise taxes for new Washington programs—doubling down on the failed policy of more taxes, more debt, and more spending and expanding the size and scope of the federal government,” he said. “The president has missed his opportunity to move forward with this Congress.” The state’s newest senator, Sen. Thom Tillis, said the president was correct in diagnosing the country’s problems, but came up short in prescribing the most beneficial solutions for results. The senator called on his new colleagues to strive for a bipartisan approach. “It will require a genuine willingness to cooperate, to find common ground, and to produce results,” Tillis said in a news release after the speech. “I will work in the United States Senate to find common ground, to find common-sense solutions and to end the partisan gridlock. Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter whose idea it is, as long as it works for the American people.” Read More

Citizens-United: Lawmakers pan Obama’s State of the Union proposals

2015/01/22

ASHEVILLE – President Barack Obama asked members of Congress in his State of the Union address Tuesday night to “at least work with me where you do agree” with the agenda he laid out. Inititial reactions from the four lawmakers, all Republicans, who represent Western North Carolina in the House and Senate suggest that area could be mighty small. Enhancing cybersecurity, trade legislation and infrastructure investments got support from some of the four, but their statements also showed broad disagreement with Obama’s proposals to shift more of the tax burden onto the wealthy and make community college free. Tenth District U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Lincoln, said congressional Republicans can work with Obama on efforts to prevent cyber attacks and his desire for enhanced presidential power to negotiate foreign trade deals. Eleventh District U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Jackson, said there could be cooperation on “tax reform, regulatory reform and investment in our infrastructure.” But Meadows was critical of Obama’s plans on taxes and the president said nothing about easing regulations. New U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said Obama was “right to acknowledge that America’s economy must improve and Washington needs to do more to help hardworking taxpayers, but unfortunately he doesn’t understand that Washington is the problem.” Tillis was probably the most conciliatory of the four, saying government must work on simplifying the tax code, helping small business and other issues. He said he will work “to find common ground, to find common-sense solutions, and to end the partisan gridlock. Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter whose idea it is, as long as it works for the American people.” U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., was the most dismissive. After noting that Obama has threatened to veto some legislation before the speech, Burr said, “The president has missed his opportunity to move forward with this Congress” despite the fact that the 114th Congress has existed for less than a month. Lawmakers disagreed with Obama’s sunnier assessment of the status of the war on terror and objected to expanding government’s role in the economy. “What I heard ... was more of the same big government policies which have not worked and were repudiated at the ballot box by the American people last November,” McHenry said. “It is clear that the president is once again proposing to raise taxes for new Washington programs — doubling-down on the failed policy of more taxes, more debt, and more spending and expanding the size and scope of the federal government,” Burr said. Meadows said, “While many of (Obama’s) policy proposals seem well-intentioned, they miss the mark when it comes to growing the economy and getting Americans back to work.” The politician in the room with constituents in WNC who liked Obama’s speech the best was the only one who has no direct vote on them. Mayor Esther Manheimer watched the State of the Union address from the House gallery at the invitation of McHenry. She was in Washington to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting. “In addition to the thrilling experience of enjoying the sights and sounds in person, and witnessing a moment of our nation's history, I was moved by the relevancy of the president’s message,” she said in an email. “Focusing on the upward mobility of the middle class through jobs, education, childcare, healthcare and cutting taxes is a shared focus of Asheville's citizens.” Read More

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After working as a small business owner for 27 years, Representative Mark Meadows brings a business-style approach to Washington, D.C.

From owning and selling a successful restaurant to building a development company, Mark understands what the 63.7 million people in the United States who are self-employed or work for small businesses need to grow their businesses.  He believes real job creation comes from the private sector, not the federal government.  Mark recognizes that regulations are stifling job growth in this country and without a budget to set spending priorities, our federal government will continue to spend beyond its means.

While serving on the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Transportation and Infrastructure, Mark will hold the government accountable, protect American citizens and interests abroad, and ensure we have a modern transportation network which meets the needs of Western North Carolina and our country as a whole.

He is dedicated to providing top-notch constituent services to North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District and committed to upholding his Christian values and conservative principles while serving in Congress.

Mark lives in Jackson County with his wife Debbie. They have two college-age children, Blake and Haley.


Serving With

Renee Ellmers

NORTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

Walter Jones

NORTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Virginia Foxx

NORTH CAROLINA's 5th DISTRICT

Mark Walker

NORTH CAROLINA's 6th DISTRICT

David Rouzer

NORTH CAROLINA's 7th DISTRICT

Richard Hudson

NORTH CAROLINA's 8th DISTRICT

Robert Pittenger

NORTH CAROLINA's 9th DISTRICT

Patrick McHenry

NORTH CAROLINA's 10th DISTRICT

George Holding

NORTH CAROLINA's 13th DISTRICT

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