About Keith Kidwell
Keith Kidwell and his wife of 40 years, Viki, live in Chocowinity and have one son, Jason, working alongside him in the family business. Keith and Viki have four grandchildren, April, Keith II, Julian, and Liberty, with whom they spend much of their spare time. They also raised their niece Kimberly, who was orphaned in 1992. In addition to being a family man, Keith is a successful GOP Chairman, business executive, and civic leader.
Keith served six years as the Beaufort County GOP Chairman and one year as the 3rd Congressional District 1st Vice Chairman. He served as Treasurer of the 3rd Congressional District for two years. During his time, he established a training program for the Party poll workers, and Election Judges successfully took on the Raleigh Establishment to get a locally elected person seated on the Board of Elections. This made great strides in uniting a very divided Republican County Party and defeated a $30,000,000 waste of taxpayers’ money on a jail that was being ramrodded through against the voters’ wishes.
Keith is currently serving his second term in the North Carolina General Assembly Representing the 79th District consisting of Beaufort and Craven counties. He coordinated several successful lawsuits to rein in the Governor’s overreach when he closed our churches, gyms, restaurants, and hair salons.
Keith passed legislation that reformed executive orders related to Emergency Powers to stop hospitals from blocking clergy access to patients in hospitals.
Awards & Accomplishments
2022 Conservation Political Action Conference (CPAC) Award
Three consecutive awards from the American Conservative Union
100% rating for NC Freedom from Civitas
Perfect score with NC Builders Association
Awarded Jobs Champion by NC Chamber of Commerce
Standing or Select Committees
Judiciary 4 (Member)
Marine Resources and Aquaculture (Member)
Regulatory Reform (Member)
Revenue Laws Study Committee (Vice Chair)
Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion (Member)
Keith spent 11 years in management with fortune 500 companies before returning to the family business of tax accounting in 1992. His firm employs as many as 50 local people have assisted thousands of citizens in keeping their tax liability as low as possible while staying within the maze of IRS rules and regulations. He has helped hundreds of local small business owners and non-profits establish themselves and maintain their financial health.
Keith has served on church vestries, parish councils, homeowners associations, fraternal organizations, and local institutions as both Treasurer and Chairman. This includes:
- Serving on the board of the local crisis pregnancy center as both Chairman and Treasurer for a total of 17 years
- Serving as the Chairman of the Beaufort County Community College Board of Advisors for the Business and Accounting Division for five years
- Serving as the Treasurer of the Beaufort County Hospital which oversees the real estate of the hospital
- Teaching an Adult Education curriculum of Record Keeping and Taxes for Small Business at Beaufort County Community College for nine years