Edgar V. Starnes

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Representative
Edgar Starnes
Edgar V. Starnes NCGA 2012.jpg
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 87th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
1997
Preceded by George Robinson
Personal details
Born (1956-09-03) September 3, 1956 (age 58)[1]
Granite Falls, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Residence Granite Falls, North Carolina
Occupation Self Employed Real Estate Investor[2]
Religion Southern Baptist[2]
Edgar Starnes Campaign WebsiteProject Vote Smart Biography

Edgar Vance Starnes is an investor in real estate currently serving as a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's eighty-seventh House district (Caldwell County). An investment broker from Granite Falls, North Carolina, Starnes was elected to his tenth term in the state House in 2012. He was elected House Majority Leader by his colleagues in December 2012, for the legislative session beginning in January 2013.[3]

Nullification resolution[edit]

In April of 2013, Starnes and ten Republican colleagues introduced House Bill 494, a resolution in the Assembly which repudiates any federal court power in ruling on any Constitutional topic in North Carolina, a legally discredited theory known to historians of the antebellum U.S. as nullification.

"The Constitution of the United States does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional; therefore, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the power to determine constitutionality and the proper interpretation and proper application of the Constitution is reserved to the states and to the people," the resolution asserts, continuing, "Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion".[4]

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