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Congress Watch

What are your elected officials up to in Washington? We're watching. Watch with us!
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When we’re dancing with the angels, the question we’ll be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing? …

Congressman Elijah Cummings

 

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US House of Representatives

All 435 U.S. House seats will be up for election in 2020. Here in Western North Carolina, we're broken into District 10 and 11. What the District boundaries will be in 2020 is an unknown at this point.

On August 27, 2018, a federal district court ruled that North Carolina's congressional map had been subject to unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering favoring Republicans. On September 4, 2018, the district court announced that no changes would be made to the map in advance of November’s election, finding that “imposing a new schedule for North Carolina's congressional elections would, at this late juncture, unduly interfere with the State's electoral machinery and likely confuse voters and depress turnout.” The district court's decision was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which agreed to take up the case and scheduled oral argument for March 26, 2019. Read the latest on Redistricting

Patrick McHenry (R) District 10

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Patrick McHenry(R) has been a member of the US House of Representatives for the last 14 years. He represents District 10 and was reelected in the Nov 2018 midterm elections, running against David Wilson Brown(D). In the 116th Congress, McHenry serves as the Ranking Republican of the House Financial Services Committee. Congressman McHenry has served on the House Financial Services Committee since he was elected to congress.

The House Financial Services Committee will be one of the committees assigned to HR1, For the People Act of 2019.

 

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Contact Patrick McHenry:

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2004 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
P: (202) 225-2576

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Mark Meadows (R) District 11

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2160 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6401

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United States Senate

There are 12 Democratic seats and 22 Republican seats up for election in 2020. Two of those Republican seats are here in North Carolina! Thom Tillis is running for reelection. Richard Burr has announced he won't run for another term.

Thom Tillis (R)

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Thom Tillis was elected in 2014, beating out incumbent Kay Hagen (D) with donations of $4.5 million from the NRA. He serves on the Armed Services Committee, Verteran's Affairs Committe, Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Committee on the Judiciary. He's a staunch supporter of President Trump.

Like his fellow Senator, Richard Burr, he doesn't participate in Town Halls and doesn't have staff to meet with the public in any of his North Carolina offices. We hope to have the opportunity to engage with Senator Tillis during his 2020 campaign.

Candidates running against Thom Tillis:

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185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6342

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Richard Burr (R)

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Richard Burr has been in the US Senate since 2005. Previous to that he served in the US House, NC District 5, from 1995 to 2005. Most recently, he was reelected to the Senate in 2016. He beat out Democratic challenger Deborah Ross with the help of the NRA. Burr received close to $6 million in NRA contributions in 2016, more than twice as much as it spent on any other House or Senate candidate.

Most recently, Burr has been in the news as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He and Vice Chairman Mark Warner D) head up the Senate's Russia investigation. In February, he told reporters there was no evidence of collusion, but Warner disagreed. Warner stated that the Committee had not made any conclusions, and he disagreed factually with Burr's statement.

Burr is a strong supporter of and works closely with President Trump. According to the recently released, redacted Mueller report, back in 2017 Burr shared sensitive information about the status of the FBI investigation with White House Counsel. Burr responded by saying he didn't recall any such conversation taking place.

Candidates: Richard Burr's term will end in 2022.

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217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3154

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