Tom Fetzer

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Tom Fetzer
Chairman, North Carolina Republican Party
In office
2009–2011
Preceded by Linda Daves
Succeeded by Robin Hayes
Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina
In office
1993–1999
Preceded by Avery C. Upchurch
Succeeded by Paul Coble
Personal details
Born (1955-04-25) April 25, 1955 (age 59)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kate Spina Fetzer (m. 2009–present)
Children Thomas Harrison Fetzer III b.2010
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Alma mater Wake Forest University

Thomas Harrison Fetzer (born April 25, 1955) served three two-year terms as Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina from December 1993 to December 1999. He was elected the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party on June 13, 2009, and served until January 15, 2011.

Early career[edit]

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Fetzer began his career in politics with appointments as Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources and Chief Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation in the administration of North Carolina Governor James G. Martin, as well as executive assistant to Senator John Porter East (both Republicans). After entering the private sector, Fetzer was a marketing executive.

Mayor of Raleigh[edit]

During Fetzer's terms as mayor, city expansion continued,coupled with lower taxes. Police substations strategically placed throughout Raleigh helped bring about a decrease in the overall crime rate. He opposed a replacement for the city's Convention and Conference Center, preferring instead a modest renovation and expansion, but was instrumental in the relocation of the Hartford Whalers to the area as the Carolina Hurricanes and the construction of the RBC Center. Fetzer's administration also oversaw recovery from Hurricane Fran.

Fetzer favored tax cuts and thought that public art was a waste of taxpayer funds as mayor.[1]

Later career and political activity[edit]

After choosing not to run for a fourth term in office, Fetzer served as a teaching fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and director of the Center for Local Innovation at the John Locke Foundation (he was succeeded in this position by his future opponent for state party chair, Chad Adams).[2] He then accepted a position with the United States Tennis Association in New York before returning to Raleigh several years later.[1] He re-engaged in state and local politics, although not as a candidate but as a political consultant.[1]

In 2005, Fetzer was summoned by a grand jury in the federal investigation of North Carolina House Speaker James B. Black to answer questions. ElectriCities hired Meredith Norris, the top political aide in April of 2005, as well as Fetzer. [3] [4] [5]

In 2009, he ran for chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.[6] He was elected chairman on June 13 on the second ballot at the party convention.[7]

Fetzer led the Republican party to victory for the first time in over 100 years in the State of North Carolina. Fetzer chose to leave the post of NCGOP Chairman five months before his term expired, and was replaced by former Congressman Robin Hayes on January 15, 2011.[8]

Fetzer became chairman for Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign in North Carolina in December 2011.[9]

Fetzer started a governmental relationships firm in January of 2011 and was voted second most effective lobbyist in the state in 2012.

Family life[edit]

On October 17, 2009, Fetzer married Kate Spina.[10] The couple had a son, Thomas Harrison Fetzer III, on July 2, 2010.[11]

The Fetzers welcomed two more boys Everette Caddell Fetzer and Griffin Patrick Fetzer on February 21st 2013.

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Preceded by
Avery C. Upchurch
Mayor of Raleigh
December 1993– 1999
Succeeded by
Paul Coble