Bob Steinburg

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Bob Steinburg
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022
Preceded byBill Cook
Succeeded byBobby Hanig
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
January 1, 2013 – January 1, 2019
Preceded byBill Owens
Succeeded byEd Goodwin
Personal details
Born (1948-07-30) July 30, 1948 (age 75)
Oswego, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceEdenton, North Carolina
Alma materCorning Community College (AA)
Upper Iowa University (BBA)

Bob Steinburg (born July 30, 1948) is an American politician and former Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly.[1] He served 3 terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and 1.5 terms in the North Carolina Senate.[2]

Early life, education, marriage and career[edit]

Bob Steinburg was born in 1948 near Oswego, New York. He currently lives in Edenton, North Carolina. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Upper Iowa University in 1990. He also has an associate degree in retail business management from Corning Community College in 1969. Before entering politics, he was a columnist with a conservative point of view.[3]

Steinburg has two sons. One is an assistant basketball coach for Kent State named Bobby.[4] Greg is in sales management with R.J. Reynolds.[citation needed]

Steinburg has been arrested twice, once for disorderly conduct and once for assault on his opponent's campaign manager.[5] The charges were later dismissed.[6] He has received heavy criticism for his temper, even being called "unfit for state Senate seat" by Senator Bill Cook.[7] Cook, R-Beaufort, chose not to seek re-election last year after court-ordered redistricting put him outside of a redrawn Senate District 1. Cook endorsed Steinburg's primary opponent Clark Twiddy and contributed money to his campaign.[8]

Steinburg claimed to have extremely strong relationships with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Steinburg responded to Cook's claim, "It's really very sad when you see someone at the end of his political career go out and trash a colleague. It is unprecedented, what he has done, and it smacks of desperation."[9]

Steinburg missed 1 out of 5 votes during the 2014–2015 and 2017–2018 sessions in the NC House. The only members of the House of Representatives who have missed more votes were representatives who resigned while in the middle of their term or those appointed to fill the remaining term.[10] His missed votes were due to his absence during the House session.

Prison reform[edit]

After the deaths of four Pasquotank Correctional Institution staffers, Steinburg called for total reform of the prison system and suggested a secret society that protects administrators.[11][12] Steinburg was very vocal with his stand toward prison systems where he voiced out the need to have adequate or appropriate staffing.

Steinburg played a role in calling for reform on the currently existing prison system. He revealed that prison employees were submitting favorable reports in regards to prison condition. Further revelation by Steinburg on the prison system showed that employees within the prison suffered from low morale and inmates were controlling the prison. He touched on how a quick solution is needed to restore proper operation within the prison environment. This was suggested after Steinburg was made privy to a report detailing that gun cabinets were left unsecured and inmates distributing tools 24 hours before the Pasquotank Correctional Institution’s incident took place. The incident which left two prison employees dead led to Steinburg pushing harder for better prison management in place of the existing system.[13]

North Carolina Senate candidate[edit]

In November 2017, Steinburg announced his candidacy for the First District of the North Carolina Senate.[2] Steinburg had a sweeping victory in May 2018 win by almost 20% in his primary against Clark Twiddy.[14]

Reactions to 2020 Presidential Election[edit]

In December 2020, Steinburg publicly called for the results of the November 2020 democratic elections to be ignored. Invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807, he called upon President Donald Trump to invoke martial law to retain power beyond the expiration of the term of office specified by the Constitution.[15][16][17][18][19]

Steinburg has claimed that he will "never" believe that President Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 Presidential election.[20] He has also suggested that "China, the CIA, the FBI and potentially a blackmail campaign against U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are or may be involved in a long planned coup."[20] Steinburg condemned the violence on the US Capitol.[21]

Committee assignments[edit]

Steinburg served on the following committees during the 2019–2020 session:[22]

  • Select Committee on Prison Safety (Chairman)
  • Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources
  • Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology
  • Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety
  • Pensions and Retirement and Aging
  • State and Local Government

2018 Session[edit]

House Bill 966: Increase & Expand Public Safety Death Benefit

This act was to increase the death benefit for law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty.[23]

2019 Session[edit]

Steinburg worked on bonuses and high pay for prison employees during the session introducing bills that would allow some prison facilities to offer salary supplements up to $7,500 a year.[24] He also questioned the trend of solitary confinement and its long-term dangers. Solitary confinement is a practice in which an inmate spends 22 to 24 hours a day alone in a cell roughly the size of a parking space.[25]


Steinburg beat Tess Judge in the November 2020 election.[26]

2021 session[edit]

Steinburg is a big supporter of "Opportunity scholarships" for students to attend charter schools.[27]


In 2022 state legislative redistricting put him in the same district as Senator Norman Sanderson (R-Minnesott Beach). Steinburg faced Sanderson in the Republican primary and lost by a 10 point margin.[28] Following his loss, Steinburg announced that he would resign his Senate seat on July 31, 2022, and would become a lobbyist.[29]


  1. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System".
  2. ^ a b "North Carolina Rep. Bob Steinburg running for Senate next year". The Fayetteville Observer. November 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bob Steinburg".
  4. ^ "Bobby Steinburg - Men's Basketball Coach".
  5. ^ "House candidate charged with assault". Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Ponder, Reggie (February 5, 2013). "Assault charge against Steinburg dismissed".
  7. ^ "Cook: Steinburg unfit for state Senate seat". April 24, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Search Campaign Funding and Spending Reports and Penalties | NCSBE".
  9. ^ "Cook-slams-Steinburg-s-temperament-judgment". April 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "North Carolina General Assembly - Vote History". Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Inadequate staffing, 'meaner' inmates make NC prisons more dangerous, officials say". January 25, 2018.
  12. ^ West, William. "Steinburg calls prison system 'disaster'".
  13. ^ Hawley, Jon. "Steinburg calls prison system disaster".
  14. ^ "Steinburg projected to win NC Senate race". May 8, 2018.
  15. ^ WRAL (December 15, 2020). "NC senator OK with suspending civil liberties in wake of Trump's defeat". Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  16. ^ Shepherd, Katie. "North Carolina GOP lawmaker urges Trump to suspend civil liberties to keep power: 'Invoke the Insurrection Act'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  17. ^ Bowden, John (December 16, 2020). "Republican NC state senator: Trump should 'invoke the Insurrection Act'". TheHill. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  18. ^ "Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.16.20". December 16, 2020. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  19. ^ "Eastern Carolina senator OK with suspending civil liberties in wake of Trump's defeat". December 16, 2020. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  20. ^ a b Without backing, or reproach, from colleagues, NC senator insists Trump won
  21. ^ WRAL (January 7, 2021). "NC Republican leaders condemn violence; some still question election outcome". Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  22. ^ "North Carolina General Assembly - Representative Bob Steinburg (Rep) Committee Assignments (2017-2018 Session)". Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  23. ^ {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ Ponder, Reggie (June 3, 2019). "Senate budget boosts guard pay at some prisons". Senate budget boosts guard pay at some prisons.
  25. ^ Knopf, Taylor (June 11, 2019). "Lawmakers look to mental health solutions to improve safety in prisons". Lawmakers look to mental health solutions to improve safety in prisons.
  26. ^ "Judge formally launches challenge to Steinburg". The Outer Banks Voice. January 30, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  27. ^ "Senate bill would make all students eligible for vouchers intended to help poor families pay for private schools". The Progressive Pulse. May 6, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  28. ^ [1] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  29. ^ Paul Nielsen (July 19, 2022). "Steinburg to resign from NC Senate July 31". APG East LLC. Retrieved August 1, 2022.

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