Congresswoman Ellmers' Biography
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2010 and is currently serving her second term representing the second district of North Carolina.
For more than twenty-one years before being elected to Congress, Mrs. Ellmers served as a registered nurse, focusing on surgical care as Clinical Director of the Trinity Wound Care Center.
Congresswoman Ellmers never saw herself as a politician, nor dreamed that she would be elected to federal office, but felt the call to action as she saw her industry and life's work coming under attack. In 2009, she and her husband attended a town hall meeting on President Obama’s health care plan and came away distraught over the government's impending takeover of patients' rights and access to health care.
After being elected to her second term in 2012, Congresswoman Ellmers was appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee where she serves on the Health, Communications and Technology, and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees. She will use these positions to be a powerful voice for her constituents while holding firm to her principles of cutting wasteful spending, rolling back harmful government regulations, and giving small businesses and entrepreneurs the ability to succeed and prosper.
Congresswoman Ellmers has always been a proactive leader in her community, where she instinctively incorporated new solutions and innovative tactics to make people's lives better. Before her election to Congress, Ellmers had been a champion of community affairs, having served as Vice President of Community Development for the Dunn Chamber of Commerce and as President-Elect of the Chamber. She has also served on the Dunn Planning Board, the board of the Betsy Johnson Hospital Foundation and the Harnett County Nursing Home Committee.
Originally born and raised in Michigan, Congresswoman Ellmers is a graduate of Oakland University where she received her degree in nursing. Mrs. Ellmers and her husband Brent moved to North Carolina following the birth of their son Ben and have resided in Harnett County ever since.