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Cawthorn formally launches campaign for Congress

Hendersonville native Madison Cawthorn is running for the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District. Hendersonville native Madison Cawthorn is running for the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District.

Madison Cawthorn, a small businessman and motivational speaker who is an 8th generation resident of the district, formally announced his campaign for the 11th Congressional District, saying his experience overcoming life-threatening injuries in a car crash helps him relate to people facing challenges.

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“I’m pro-Trump, pro-life and pro-Second Amendment," he said in a campaign announcement. "I believe government’s role should be limited. I’m a fiscal conservative. I believe government should live within its means and not saddle future generations with unsustainable burdens. I believe that lower taxes and less regulation are the best ways to create jobs and opportunity. I also support patient freedom and will oppose efforts to impose government-run health care.

“Finally, I’m running because I can relate to people who are experiencing real challenges," he added. "I’ve dealt with adversity. We can’t put our hope and faith in government because the answer isn’t going to come from government. It’s going to come from us. We need policies at the federal level that will help local communities succeed."

Cawthorn is one of 12 Republicans running for the nomination for the seat, which became open when incumbent Mark Meadows announced that he would not see re-election.

“I represent an emerging generation of Americans who are tomorrow’s leaders. Most of my fellow millennials don’t believe Republicans care about the disenfranchised, the hurting and those who are less fortunate. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Cawthorn said.


An eighth generation resident of North Carolina’s 11th Congressional district, Cawthorn has ancestors that have served Western North Carolina communities for over 200 years including in the Revolutionary War.

Cawthorn was homeschooled in Hendersonville and nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy by Rep. Mark Meadows in 2014. However, his plans were derailed that year after he nearly died in a automobile accident that left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. The ordeal built his faith, made him a fighter, helped him appreciate every day, and inspired him to help everyone he encounters overcome whatever adversity they face in their daily lives.

Today, Madison is a small businessman. He is the owner and CEO of a real estate investment company. Madison is also a motivational speaker. He challenges people across the nation to have faith, work hard, play by the rules and pursue the American dream. Madison attends Biltmore Church in Hendersonville. He enjoys hunting, cooking, travel, fitness, photography and videography and studying history. He is engaged to be married to Cristina Bayardelle.