Rich McCormick
Official portrait, 2023
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byLucy McBath (redistricting)
Personal details
Born
Richard Dean McCormick

(1968-10-07) October 7, 1968 (age 55)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseDebra
EducationOregon State University (BS)
National University (MBA)
Morehouse School of Medicine (MD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
United States Marine Corps
RankCommander

Richard Dean McCormick (born October 7, 1968) is an American politician and physician. A member of the Republican Party, he has represented Georgia's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2023.[1]

Education and military service

McCormick was born in Las Vegas in 1968 and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon in 1986.[2] He earned a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in 1990.[3] He earned his Master of Business Administration from National University in 1999 and his Doctor of Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in 2010.[4]

McCormick served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Navy for over 20 years, spending time in Africa, South Korea, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf.[5] In the Marine Corps, he was a helicopter pilot and in the Navy, he reached the rank of commander. He is an emergency physician and works at Gwinnett Medical Center.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

With Rob Woodall not running for reelection to the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 7th congressional district in the 2020 elections, McCormick announced his candidacy. He won the primary election, receiving more than 50% of the vote, avoiding a runoff election.[7] McCormick lost the general election to Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux.[8]

Following redistricting due to the 2020 U.S. census, McCormick announced his candidacy in the 2022 elections for the newly-redrawn Georgia's 6th congressional district, which became much more Republican-leaning.[9] McCormick and Jake Evans advanced to a runoff election.[10] He defeated Evans in the runoff[11] and won the November 8 general election against Democrat Bob Christian.[12]

Tenure

McCormick was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[13]

On November 7, McCormick's H.Res. 845 censured Rashida Tlaib for "promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel".[14][15]

In December 2023, fellow Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Green accused McCormick of getting physically violent against her following a public spat between the two. She accused him of grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking her. She asked the Speaker of the House to investigate her claims. McCormick has said he apologized for the assault, but claims the violence to have been done in jest.[16]

Following the 2024 New Hampshire Republican primary in January, McCormick endorsed Donald Trump's 2024 presidential campaign, writing, "I am calling on my fellow conservatives to join me in uniting behind Donald Trump for president." McCormick had previously supported Ron DeSantis's presidential bid.[17]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[18]

Electoral history

Georgia 6th congressional district general election, 2022[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rich McCormick 206,886 62.22
Democratic Bob Christian 125,612 37.78
Georgia 7th congressional district Republican primary, 2020[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rich McCormick 35,280 55.11
Republican Renee S. Unterman 11,143 17.41
Republican Mark Gonsalves 4,640 7.25
Republican Lynne Homrich 4,567 7.13
Republican Eugene Yu 3,856 6.02
Republican Lisa Noel Babbage 3,336 5.21
Republican Zachary H. Kennemore 1,195 1.87
Total votes 64,017 100.0
Georgia 7th congressional district general election, 2020[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carolyn Bourdeaux 190,900 51.39
Republican Rich McCormick 180,564 48.61
Total votes 371,464 100.0

Personal life

McCormick's wife, Debra, is an oncologist. They have seven children and live in Suwanee, Georgia.[6] He was also the runner up of the seventh season of the initial run of American Gladiators, losing in the final to Pat Csizmazia.[citation needed]

McCormick enjoys skateboarding.[5] CNN reported that they have "regularly spotted" McCormick skateboarding in the halls of Congress.[22]

References

  1. ^ "Georgia Sixth Congressional District Election Results". The New York Times. November 8, 2022. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation: Rich McCormick (R) | News & Analysis". Inside Elections. Retrieved November 17, 2022.
  3. ^ "MDJ Voter Guide, 6th Congressional District". MDJOnline.com. May 7, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  4. ^ Hallerman, Tamar; Bluestein, Greg. "Who could run for Georgia's 7th District". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Rep. Rich McCormick on Congressional News of the Day". C-SPAN. December 14, 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Physician touts conservative credentials for District 7 race". www.forsythnews.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "McCormick declared winner of District 7 Republican Primary". www.forsythnews.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Millhiser, Ian (November 7, 2020). "Democrats capture Georgia US House seat held by Republicans since 1995". Vox. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  9. ^ Cindy Morley. "Republican Dr. Rich McCormick sets sights on Georgia's 6th District | InsiderAdvantageGeorgia". Insideradvantage.com. Retrieved November 17, 2022.
  10. ^ Mitchell, Tia. "Evans, McCormick headed to runoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ISSN 1539-7459. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  11. ^ "Rich McCormick defeats Trump-backed opponent in Georgia primary runoff". June 22, 2022.
  12. ^ "Rich McCormick wins election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District". Ajc.com. November 9, 2022. Retrieved November 17, 2022.
  13. ^ Gans, Jared (May 31, 2023). "Republicans and Democrats who bucked party leaders by voting no". The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  14. ^ "House censures Rep. Rashida Tlaib over Israel remarks". NBC News. November 7, 2023.
  15. ^ Grisales, Claudia (November 7, 2023). "House votes to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for Israel-Hamas war comments". NPR. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  16. ^ Zanona, Melanie (December 5, 2023). "Marjorie Taylor Greene alleged a male Republican got physically aggressive with her | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved January 30, 2024.
  17. ^ Bluestein, Greg (January 23, 2024). "Trump wins New Hampshire primary, dealing blow to Haley's prez bid". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  18. ^ "Richard McCormick". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  19. ^ "REP - US House Dist 6". Georgia Secretary of State. November 8, 2022. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  20. ^ "REP - US House Dist 7". Georgia Secretary of State. July 2, 2020. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  21. ^ "US House Dist 7". Georgia Secretary of State. November 20, 2020. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  22. ^ Fossum, Sam; Raju, Manu; Talbot, Haley (January 31, 2024). "GOP congressman admits to doing pull-ups at top of Capitol Dome and insists 'there was nothing unsafe' about it". CNN. Retrieved February 1, 2024.