August 11, 2022

North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn has been charged with driving with a revoked license for a second time — a misdemeanor that could land him in jail for up to 20 days. 

The Republican was pulled over by the highway patrol around 10:26 a.m. March 3 while driving in Cleveland Country, the Asheville Citizen Times first reported, citing court records and a highway patrol spokesman.

The spokesman, Sgt. Marcus Bethea, revealed the stop happened after Trooper Tyler Gannt saw a 2019 Toyota truck cross the center line on US 74B. “The driver was identified as David Madison Cawthorn, 26 years old of Hendersonville, NC,” Bethea told the outlet.

“During the course of the investigation it was determined that the driver’s license was in the state of revocation and he was subsequently charged with driving while license revoked.”

Rep. Madison Cawthorn has been charged with driving with a revoked license.
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In addition to the misdemeanor charge, Cawthorn faces two pending speeding citations in Buncombe County, where he was driving 89 mph in a 65-mph zone in October, and Polk, where he was clocked driving 87 mph in a 70-mph zone in January. 

The conservative congressman was reportedly “very polite and cooperative” during last week’s incident. 

Driving with a license revoked is a Class 3 misdemeanor offense in North Carolina that carries a maximum sentence of 20 days in jail or a $200 fine. 

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., speaks at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 7, 2021. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., speaks at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 7, 2021.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn was elected to Congress in November 2020.
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A court date for Cawthorn’s charge has been set for May 6. Hearings for the speeding citations have been set for April 18 for the Polk incident and May 3 for the Buncombe citation. 

Last week’s incident is not the first time Cawthorn has been charged with driving with a revoked license. Court records reviewed by the Citizen Times revealed the congressman was charged in 2017 with driving while license revoked, though it was later dismissed. 

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Cawthorn was elected to Congress in November 2020, defeating Democratic opponent Moe Davis. 

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn also faces two speeding citations in Buncombe County and Polk.
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In December, Cawrthorn announced that he and wife, Cristina, were divorcing after only eight months of marriage, as the conservative lawmaker admitted their lives had changed “overnight” after he was elected to Congress.

The congressman’s office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.