Welcome to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member page.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve North Carolina and our nation in the United States Senate and as the Ranking Member on this important committee.  I am pleased that you have taken the time to visit this site, and I hope you find it useful.  I am dedicated to working with my colleagues to improve the services and care our veterans receive at the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Over the years, I have spoken with many veterans in North Carolina and around the country about the issues important to them.  On this site, you will find news and information about my work in Washington on the numerous issues concerning our nation’s veteran community. 

My office is glad to help those who have fought for this nation solve problems they face with the federal government.  It is important that every tax dollar is used to improve the lives of veterans and their families; therefore, if you are aware of any waste, fraud, and abuse within the VA system, please share that information with me on this website via the button located on the side of this webpage. 

Again, thank you for taking the time to visit this page. It is an honor for me to represent you in my capacity as United States Senator and especially in my capacity as the Ranking Member of this Committee.

First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, Richard served five terms in the House and is currently serving North Carolina in his second term in the U.S. Senate.  He is a vocal advocate for our men and women in the military and their families, and for the growing population of veterans across North Carolina.

In the Senate, Richard serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee where he works to improve the quality of health care and services our nation's veterans receive.  He also sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; the Intelligence Committee; and the Finance Committee.

The son of a minister, Richard and his family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina when he was a young child.  After graduating from Wake Forest University, he began his career far from the halls of Congress by spending seventeen years in business with Carswell Distributing, a wholesale commercial products company.

He also serves as a Board Member of Brenner Children’s Hospital and on the West Point Board of Visitors. Richard and his wife, Brooke, have two sons.

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