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Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates NC-09 candidate Dan Bishop for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of North Carolina to oppose higher income taxes. While signing the Pledge, Bishop broadened and strengthened the scope of his pledge to the voters of NC-09 by promising to “oppose and vote against any and all tax increases.”

Bishop joins Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, and all Republican members of the North Carolina congressional delegation in making this commitment to Tar Heel State taxpayers. 

Dan Bishop currently represents the 39th district, south-central Mecklenburg County, in the North Carolina State Senate. From 2015 to 2017, he served one term in the North Carolina House Representatives and two terms on the Mecklenburg County Commission. In addition to signing the federal Pledge, Bishop also signed the state Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a member of the NC State Legislature.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, 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.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Mr. Bishop’s commitment to the taxpayers of North Carolina. I challenge all candidates for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.