GenJ Teens Help Elect Homeschool Dad to US Senate

Ted Budd with some of his supporters

Ted Budd with some of his supporters

The first weekend of November 2022, a team of 86 Generation Joshua volunteers consisting of homeschool teens and their parents embarked on an important mission: the election of Ted Budd, a homeschool dad, to the U.S. Senate.

The team boarded flights, piled into 15-passenger vans, and checked into hotel rooms to prepare for several days of intense campaigning. They knocked on doors, made phone calls, and volunteered at rallies. Their efforts reached approximately 120,000 voters in North Carolina.

This turned out to be one of the best investments in time and effort they could have made – as it resulted in the election of homeschool dad Ted Budd who will advocate for them in the U.S. Senate. (FYI, he defeated his opponent by 122,000 votes!)

Senator Budd will be a powerful voice in the halls of Congress who understands the value of homeschooling, and will be a staunch defender of homeschool freedoms in the United States. Moreover, he says on his website, “I will fight to restore the conservative, constitutional values that make this country great.”

Theodore “Ted” Budd, 51, is a conservative Republican from Davie County, NC. He previously served three terms in the House where he advocated for parents’ rights, school choice, and the importance of teaching civics and American history. A member of the far-right Freedom Caucus, he was rated as 90% more conservative than his peers. Budd trounced his competition in last year’s GOP primary election for Senate after receiving an endorsement from former President Donald Trump. He went on to defeat Democrat Cheri Beasley in the general election on November 8, 2022. Budd owns a gun store and shooting range in Rural Hall, NC. He’s a proud Eagle Scout Dad and served as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He and his wife Amy Kate homeschooled their three children. Budd also served on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education. Senator Budd took office on January 3, 2023. His term ends on January 3, 2029.

Generation Joshua, the youth outreach branch of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), exists to raise up the next generation of Christian servant leaders and citizens by preparing them to be good stewards and equipping them to positively influence the political process with a willingness to stand up for what is right, wherever they’re called to serve. To accomplish these goals, GenJ provides training opportunities for teenagers. In this hands-on program, homeschool students are taught about freedom, government, and leadership. One of the most important things GenJ does each year is organize Student Action Teams in coordination with the HSLDA Action PAC. These Student Action Teams sign up to go to some of the closest political races around the country—where they make a big difference. Find a GenJ Club near you.


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