As North Carolina Primary voters head to the voting booth, they deserve to know where their candidates stand on crucial issues such as taxes and spending.

Candidates often make campaign promises not to raise taxes, only to abandon taxpayers once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires candidates to put their commitment in writing – making it harder to reverse course.

Fortunately for North Carolina Primary voters, these Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers have made written commitments to oppose and vote against all income tax hikes.


  • Greg Murphy (NC-03)
  • Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
  • David Rouzer (NC-07)
  • Dan Bishop* (NC-08)
  • Richard Hudson (NC-09)
  • Patrick McHenry* (NC-10)
  • Chuck Edwards (NC-11)


  • Sandy Smith (NC-01)
  • Laurie Buckhout (NC-01)
  • Christian Castelli (NC-06)
  • Jay Wagner (NC-06)
  • Bo Hines (NC-06)
  • Addison Barker McDowell (NC-06)
  • Mary Ann Contogiannis M.D. (NC-06)
  • Grey Mills (NC-10)
  • Mark Everette Harris (NC-08)
  • Leigh Brown (NC-08)
  • John Ray Bradford III (NC-08)
  • Chris Maples (NC-08)
  • DeVan Barbour (NC-13)
  • Matt Shoemaker (NC-13)

Candidates Not Up for Re-Election

  • Thom Tillis (U.S. Senate)
  • Ted Budd (U.S. Senate)

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge was created in 1985 by Americans for Tax Reform to solidify candidates’ commitments to taxpayers. President Reagan urged all candidates to sign the Pledge. He campaigned for and praised candidates who signed the Pledge.

Today, over 1,400 elected officials and candidates on the federal and state levels are Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers.

There are currently 191 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 42 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. 85% of Congressional Republicans have signed the Pledge and put their commitment to oppose tax increases into writing, contrasting with the ZERO congressional Democrats who have made this commitment. 

“North Carolina voters are looking for solutions that get Americans back to work and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

Unfortunately, Democratic candidates for office do not share this commitment. They seek to reverse course and implement backwards tax-and-spend policies that would only stunt economic growth and take more money out of the hands of taxpayers.

President Biden and Vice President Harris have vowed to raise taxes: they have both repeatedly pledged to “eliminate”, “get rid of”, “repeal” and “reverse” the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which cut taxes for all Americans.

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. Please visit the ATR Pledge Database for the most up-to-date information on the Pledge.

*- Retiring at the end of their term