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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from North Carolina's 8th district
January 3, 2013
|Born||November 4, 1971|
Franklin, Virginia, U.S.
|Education||University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA)|
Richard Lane Hudson (born November 4, 1971) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for North Carolina's 8th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Hudson was born in Franklin, Virginia, but has lived in the Charlotte area since childhood. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 1990, and from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He has a bachelor's degree in political science and history, and served as student body president and president of the College Republicans.
Active in politics for many years, Hudson served as district director for 8th District Congressman Robin Hayes  from 1999 to 2005. At various times, he served on the staffs of Republicans Virginia Foxx, John Carter and Mike Conaway. He also served as communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party in the mid-1990s. In 1996 he worked for Richard Vinroot's campaign for governor, and as campaign manager for Pat McCrory's run for governor in 2008. Hudson was the president of Cabarrus Marketing Group, a small business consulting and marketing company he started in 2011 and dissolved upon his election to Congress.
Hudson ran for Congress in North Carolina's 8th congressional district. He won the Republican primary runoff on July 17, 2012, with 64% of the vote against opponent Scott Keadle and faced Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell in November. The district had been made significantly more Republican in redistricting, losing most of its share of Charlotte and picking up several heavily Republican areas northeast of the city.
Hudson defeated Kissell with 54 percent of the vote to Kissell's 46 percent and took office in January 2013.
Hudson was opposed by Antonio Blue in the general election and won 64.9% to 35.1% 
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Hudson supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that "At a time of grave security threats, President Trump is right to pause the flow of refugees from countries where terrorism is rampant until we can properly vet them and implement additional screening for individuals traveling to and from these countries."
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority