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Congressional Spotlight: Senator Ted Budd (R-NC)

Each month The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) introduces you to a member of Congress who is a leader on legislative matters important to our TNPA community, with representation from both parties.

Official Portrait of U.S. Senator Ted Budd (R-NC).

Q&A with Senator Ted Budd

The Nonprofit Alliance has worked closely with Senator Ted Budd of North Carolina. TNPA had the opportunity to ask the Senator a few questions, and share them here:

What is your favorite sports team?

Appalachian State and Wake Forest.

Which American political figure has most inspired you?

President Ronald Reagan. I admired his strong leadership, his love for our country, and his creation of peace and prosperity for so many of our fellow citizens.

What was the moment you realized you were serious about getting into public service?

Our entire family has always had a commitment to serving others, either in business or through civic engagement. I had thought about running at some point potentially later in life, but I felt called to run for the U.S. House in 2016 because I was deeply concerned about the direction of our country and wanted to serve my community at such a critical time.

Describe your life in six words.

“Don’t grow weary of doing good.”

More About Senator Budd

TNPA has worked closely with Senator Budd.

Senator Budd’s journey into public service began when an opportunity presented itself after redistricting opened up North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District in 2016. Senator Budd decided to run for the seat even though he had never previously sought public office. The campaign focused on Senator Budd’s background as a small business owner and bringing business principles to our nation’s capital. Then, in November 2016 Senator Budd was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In the House, Senator Budd earned a reputation as a tireless supporter of our Armed Forces, our veterans, and their families. He also was a strong supporter of opening up trade between the U.S. Canada and Mexico which has been particularly helpful to North Carolina farmers.

In 2021 Senator Budd launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate and was elected to represent North Carolina in the Senate in November, 2022. In the Senate, Senator Budd serves on four important committees: the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. We at TNPA know Senator Budd best for his cosponsorship of S. 566, the Charitable Act. This bipartisan legislation of Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) would provide a tax deduction for all taxpayers – regardless of their level of income – when making a charitable contribution. With only 9% of taxpayers itemizing their taxes and thus eligible to claim a deduction when supporting a charity, the other 91% of taxpayers receive no tax benefit when supporting charitable causes.

TNPA looks forward to continuing to work closely with Senator Budd.

Mark Micali
Author: Mark Micali

Mark Micali is Vice President, Government Affairs for The Nonprofit Alliance and has spent his career on Capitol Hill.  You can reach him at

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