Hudson is the representative for North Carolina’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Hudson is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He is also House Republican Conference Secretary, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Hudson.
Hudson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Hudson has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 14, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Hudson sits on the following committees:
Hudson was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 8752 (116th): National Medal of Honor Monument Act
- H.R. 5599 (115th): Animal Health and Innovation Act of 2018
- H.R. 3369 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the “Howard B. Pate, Jr. ...
- H.R. 3477 (115th): Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act
- H.R. 304 (115th): Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017
- H.R. 3923 (114th): To provide for a report that develops recommended United States energy security valuation methods.
- H.R. 5462 (113th): To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for limitations on the fees charged to passengers of air carriers.
Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Hudson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (28%) Armed Forces and National Security (26%) Taxation (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Energy (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (4%)
Some of Hudson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 1746: Advanced Nuclear Deployment Act
- H.R. 1635: STOP II: Classrooms Over Conference Rooms Act
- H.Res. 146: Electing a Member to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.R. 1055: Federal Broadband Deployment Tracking Act
- H.Res. 122: Electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.
- H.Res. 36: Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.R. 110: Care for the Veteran Caregiver Act
As House Republican Conference Secretary, Hudson may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2013 to May 2021, Hudson missed 273 of 4,837 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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