State Representative Ric Killian has completed the filing requirements to become a candidate for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. Killian is currently serving on active duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, and will return home in a few weeks to campaign in the Republican primary on May 8th.
"The challenges facing our nation, both at home and abroad, are extraordinary", said Killian, "Our nation needs leaders with the ability to develop solutions to our problems that will improve the lives of all citizens". "My experience in business, the military, and the state house of representatives uniquely qualify me to represent the citizens of the 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives".
Killian thanked Rep. Myrick for her service to the nation, stating "She fought against runaway spending, and she always provided excellent service to her constituents, and that will continue if I am elected".
Killian has fifteen years of experience in leadership positions in the home building and real estate industry. He has been self employed, and worked in both privately held and publicly traded companies. "I understand the challenges of being a business owner and meeting corporate earnings estimates. I will take this real world experience to Washington."
An Army Reserve Colonel, Killian was called to active service for combat duty in Kabul, Afghanistan. He will return within the next several weeks, allowing him time to campaign prior to the primary election. Commissioned from West Point in 1986, Killian served in the US Army until 1991, and then transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, where he continues to serve. He earned the Bronze Star Medal during a tour of duty in Iraq, and his regular Army Reserve assignment is with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He earned of Master of Strategic Studies in from the U.S. Army War College in 2011.
In the North Carolina House, Killian has built a reputation as a fiscal conservative, achieving high ratings from business and conservative groups. Elected in 2006, Ric is now is his third term representing the southwestern portion of Charlotte. He is Chairman of the Appropriations/Transportation Committee overseeing the $4 Billion Transportation budget, and Chairman of the Homeland Security, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Education and Transportation Committees.
Killian wants to continue his lifetime of service to the nation in Congress. He believes we must focus on the economy and our fiscal crisis. "Our fiscal crisis is the greatest threat to our national security", says Killian. "As the second largest banking city in the nation, Charlotte needs a representative who will lead this effort, and champion its interests in Washington". He has been married to his wife Debbie since 1991. They are members of St. Matthew Catholic Church, and are raising their four children in the Ballantyne area of south Charlotte.