Paul Luebke

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Paul Luebke
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Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
1991 – present
Personal details
Born (1946-01-18) January 18, 1946 (age 68)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Occupation educator

Paul Luebke is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the 30th House District, which includes constituents in Durham County. A professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as at February 2011 Luebke is serving his eleventh[1] consecutive two year term in the state House of Representatives.

Childhood and Education[edit]

Paul Luebke was born on January 18, 1946,[2] in Chicago, Ill., to Paul and Eunice Luebke. His father was a teacher and education administrator and his mother was a homemaker.[citation needed] Luebke spent his childhood living in Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. During his high school years he moved to Ankara, Turkey, where his father worked as an education advisor to the Turkish government for the U.S. Foreign Aid Program.

While living in Turkey he studied at Privatschule der deutschen Botschaft, a German embassy school in Ankara, from 1959 until 1962.

After high school, Luebke attended Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey.[3] In 1966 he earned a bachelor of arts in government from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He earned a doctorate in political sociology from Columbia University in 1975.[4][5]

After graduate school he moved to the Durham area.[2]


Paul Luebke married Carol Gallione. They live in Durham[6] and have two grown children, Theo and Emily.[7] The Luebke family is Lutheran.[4][8]


Paul Luebke taught sociology at Tougaloo College, a historically black college in Jackson, Mississippi from 1971 to 1975. He taught sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1975 to 1976. Luebke began teaching sociology at UNC Greensboro in 1976 and was awarded tenure in 1982.

He is a member of the sociology faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in political sociology.[9]

He served on the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority from 1987 until 1991. He has served as a board member of the North Carolina Consumers Council as a consumer rights advocate.

He was elected to the state House of Representatives in Durham's District 23, which then had three members, in 1990 and took up his position in 1991.[2]

As of February 2011 Luebke represents District 30[2] and he is a member of the following committees:[10]

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Public utilities
  • Rules, calendar and operations of the House

He has been a chairman of the Finance committee and of the select committee on Municipal Annexation,[11] as well as vice-chairman of the Election Law, Campaign Finance Reform and Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House committees. He has also in the past been a member of the Energy and Energy Efficiency committee and the Environmental and Natural Resources committee.

He thinks of himself as a "Progressive Democrat" and has said that "I am especially proud that, during the 1990s, I led the bipartisan effort to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries; and that, in 2009, I was a primary House sponsor of the Racial Justice Act."[2]


Luebke is also the author of two books[6] about North Carolina politics: Tar Heel Politics: Myths and Realities (1990) and Tar Heel Politics 2000 (1998).[12]

Citing Luebke’s work in leading the Sudan (Darfur) Divestment Act, the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina awarded him its International Human Rights award in 2007.


  1. ^ House Principal Clerk's Office (2011-01-07). "House of Representatives Terms served in General Assembly, House and Senate including 2011". North Carolina Geneal Assembly. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Candidate questionnaires: Paul Luebke". Independent Weekly. Durham, NC. 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Rep. Paul Luebke (D-NC 30th District)". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Alumni authors". Valparaiso University. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Representative Paul Luebke: NC House Democrat". Paul Luebke. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ House Principlal Clerk's Office (10-12-03). "North Carolina House of Representatives 2009". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Faculty and publications". The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Committee Assignments". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Annexation public hearing moved to larger room". Post Publishing Co. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  12. ^ Google Books search: Tarheel Politics. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

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