As printed in the Fayetteville Observer
By Rep. David R. Lewis
Since I first ran for RNC national committeeman in 2008, North Carolina has changed a lot. I have decided not to run for re-election for national committeeman in part because I have seen the great strides we have made as a state and rest confident that we are on the right path. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve North Carolina as the RNC committeeman.
We elected a GOP majority in the North Carolina Senate for the first time since 1898. In 2012, things changed even more. The North Carolina Senate increased its Republican majority and the North Carolina House, in what was an historic election, secured a Republican supermajority. Furthermore, North Carolina secured something it hadn't had in over 130 years: a Republican governor backed by majorities in both the House and the Senate. As you also remember that year, North Carolina carried a win for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
But the elections themselves don't tell the full story. It's what happens after the election that defines history.
Leaders in the House and the Senate took head-on a projected $3 billion deficit. Just last year, we paid in full our debt to the federal government and secured an over $1 billion unemployment trust fund. We have cut taxes by over $2.7 billion and righted the state's fiscal health by prudent and conservative budgeting. We have sown the seeds of great prosperity.
Education, the cornerstone of our society, was ripe with inefficiencies and bureaucracy. Education should be about the child. It should be about in what setting the child learns best and how we can help children reach their God-given potential. This is why reforms like opportunity scholarships that help low income families educate their child in a different setting are so vital to our success as a state. Educational excellence and professionalism must be returned to the classroom.
The General Assembly also took major steps to reform a broken Medicaid system last year. The critical program that millions of needy individuals rely on became too costly and complex for the state to effectively manage. Health care reform should be about the decisions between patients and doctors, without interference from bureaucrats. North Carolina's most disadvantaged deserve efficient health care programs that will continue to provide essential services through quality of care, access, patient satisfaction and efficiency.
Over the last six years, the Republican National Committee has been a cornerstone to the GOP's success in North Carolina. The RNC, like every other organization, is not without its own faults. However, we have experienced tremendous growth since 2008. There is a commitment to voter outreach, new media, and metadata that will contribute to election victories for years to come. In our own state, we are seeing more RNC field staff on the ground earlier than ever to secure victory and defeat Hillary Clinton.
In my personal life many things have also changed. I am blessed to have two teenage boys and a preteen daughter who fill my life with joy and are a constant reminder of the many blessings I have. My beautiful wife is pursuing her master of counseling degree in order to better serve our community. My mother passed away just last year, and shortly before that my dad, who was also my business partner. To say it has been a challenging season of life is to put it lightly. But my faith in God and resolve in conservative ideals have not withered.
So while I will not seek reelection for national committeeman, my desire to serve the people of North Carolina and the people of Harnett County in the N.C. House of Representatives has not wavered. I will continue to serve and fight for families in North Carolina by advocating for organic economic growth, quality education that is focused on the child and health care that preserves the doctor-patient relationship.
I believe the North Carolina GOP and the RNC's relationship was strengthened over the past eight years. I will continue to put more work and dedication into serving North Carolina citizens in order to bring prosperity, innovation and pragmatic, conservative governance to our state.
David Lewis, a Dunn Republican, represents Harnett County's District 53 in the N.C. House.