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Madison Cawthorn biography: 13 things about partially paralyzed politician from North Carolina

David Madison Cawthorn, professionally known as Madison Cawthorn, is a native of North Carolina, United States. He is a politician and a Republican.

Partially paralyzed, Cawthorn uses a wheelchair. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina. (a) He is the younger brother of Zachary Cawthorn, who is a professional financial adviser. (b)
  2. He was home schooled in Hendersonville, North Carolina and received a full ride Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. (c)
  3. In August 2016, he enrolled at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia where he studied political science. His average grade in most classes was a D. He started dating Hailey Roberts in October 2016. They were supposed to get married on December 16, 2017. The wedding did not happen because while they were engaged, she ran off with his best friend Luke Shanahan. The heartbreak caused him to withdraw from Patrick Henry College. (a) (c)
  4. In 2014, Mark Meadows nominated him to the U.S. Naval Academy but his plans derailed after he nearly died that year in a tragic automobile accident that left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair, according to his website. (d) On April 3, 2014, he was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle (SUV), a 2007 BMW X3, on Interstate 4 near Daytona Beach, Florida when his friend Bradley Ledford fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier. They were returning home to North Carolina from a spring break vacation in Florida. (e) 
  5. After a personal injury lawsuit, he settled his claim with Ledford. He was assigned the right to sue Ledford’s insurance carrier Auto-Owners Insurance Company for failing to initiate timely settlement negotiations with him. On October 12, 2017,  when the insurance company’s lawyer Greg Burge asked him if the U.S. Naval Academy notified him that he did not get in before the accident on April 3, 2014, he said yes. (e) (b)
  6. In August 2019, he created an investment firm called SPQR LLC. He is the sole owner and employee of the company and reported no income from it on the financial disclosure form he filed in 2020. (b)
  7. When he was 25 years old, he was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, making him the youngest member of U.S. Congress in modern history. He was sworn in as North Carolina’s 11th District representative on January 3, 2021. (a) (f)
  8. After Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential election in November 2020, he was one of the politicians who claimed that the election results were fraudulent. On December 21, 2020, he delivered a speech to the conservative group Turning Point USA. He said, “Get on the phone. Call your congressman. You can lightly threaten them and say, ‘If you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn’s coming after you, everybody’s coming after you.'” (g)
  9. On the morning of January 6, 2021, he spoke before Trump’s supporters who attended the rally near the White House in Washington, D.C., USA. He said, “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice.” At around 1:00 p.m., Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building  in Washington, D.C. while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. At around 3:00 p.m., he called into the radio show “The Charlie Kirk Show” to do an interview. He told the host Charlie Kirk that he carried loaded weapons into the White House that day. He said, “Me being in a wheelchair, I am able to carry multiple weapons at one time.” (h)
  10. On January 8, 2021, he wrote on Twitter, “Last night, I spoke out in defense of our Constitution and a fair electoral process. I also unequivocally denounced the violence that took place in our nation’s capitol, it wasn’t patriotism it was thuggery. We are all Americans. What unites us is greater than what divides us.” (i)
  11. In an interview with Pamela Brown of CNN on January 23, 2021, he said, “Yes, I think I would say that the election was not fraudulent. You know, the Constitution allowed for us to be able to push back as much as we could and I did that to the amount of the constitutional limits that I had at my disposal so now I would say that Joseph R. Biden is our president.” (f)
  12. On January 24, 2021, his office stated that he “stands firm in his belief that objecting to the certification of electoral college votes was an important step in safeguarding a free and fair electoral process” although it is “difficult to quantify the number of fraudulent ballots cast in any election.” (f)
  13. He is engaged to be married to Cristina Bayardelle on April 3, 2021. (j)


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