Raised on a cattle and commercial chicken farm in Davie County, Ted Budd is running for Congress, because he believes our country has reached the point where those who have a heart for service must step forward, instead of hoping that career politicians will change anything.
As a small business owner who has never run for political office, Ted was not looking for an excuse to run. He is used to getting things done every day, not playing political games and calling it success. Between the gun shop and homeschooling his two daughters and Eagle Scout son, Ted and his wife Amy Kate are busy enough without the challenges of a campaign. But after talking and praying about it, they realized nothing will change in Washington unless someone new steps forward.
Today, Ted lives on the same family farm of his childhood with his wife Amy Kate and three children, Joshua, Kathryn and Macy. He has served in his family’s facility-services business, The Budd Group, helped expand Green Resource (now part of John Deere Landscapes), and now owns ProShots, a thriving shooting-sports retail store, training center, and indoor range. Ted’s work at The Budd Group and Green Resource helped them to earn the Triad Business Journal’s “Fast 50” as one of the region’s 50 fastest growing privately held companies.
As a lifetime NRA and Grassroots NC member and the owner of a gun range and store, Ted will not waver in defense of the freedoms the 2nd Amendment protects. Around town, ProShots is known for its award-winning creative billboards and the ProShots team helped to train a competitor in the History Channel’s “Top Shot” TV show.
Ted is committed to strengthening the family and recognizes the cultural battle we face to protect it. He is a member of the Home School Legal Defense Association and has served as a board member of North Carolinians for Home Education. He met his wife Amy Kate in the former Soviet Union on a mission trip in 1991, the week before the collapse of communism. They still enjoy mission trips and serve in their church, Harvest Bible Chapel.
Ted knows that the best way to turn around the American economy is through a system that encourages innovation and relieves the stranglehold of regulation. He is committed to making a difference, not building a political career.
A graduate of Appalachian State University, Ted holds a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University where he was recognized as Mentor of the Year, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Dallas Seminary.