Bob Steinburg

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Bob Steinburg
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 2019
Preceded byBill Cook
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
2013 – January 2019
Succeeded byEd Goodwin
Personal details
Born (1948-07-30) July 30, 1948 (age 71)
Oswego, New York
Political partyRepublican

Bob Steinburg (born July 30, 1948) is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly.[1]

Bob Steinburg is currently in first term as a senator from the 1st District in the North Carolina General Assembly.[2]

Early life, education, marriage and career[edit]

Bob Steinburg was born in 1948 near Oswego, New York.[3] He currently lives in Edenton, North Carolina.[4]

Steinburg has two sons. One is an assistant basketball coach for Kent State named Bobby.[5] Greg is in sales management with R.J. Reynolds.

Steinburg has been arrested twice, once for disorderly conduct and once for assault on his opponent's campaign manager.[6] The charges were later dismissed.[7] He has received heavy criticism for his temper, even being called "unfit for state Senate seat" by Senator Bill Cook.[8] 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.[9]

Steinburg claimed 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,” Steinburg said. “It is unprecedented, what he has done, and it smacks of desperation.”[10]

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.[11] 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.[12][13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

Steinburg served on the following committees during the 2019-2020 Session:[16]

  • 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 officer who are killed in the line of duty.[17]

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. [18] 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.[19]


  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.
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  6. ^ "House candidate charged with assault". Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  7. ^ Ponder, Reggie. "Assault charge against Steinburg dismissed".
  8. ^ "Cook: Steinburg unfit for state Senate seat". Retrieved 2018-04-28.
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  10. ^ "Cook-slams-Steinburg-s-temperament-judgment".
  11. ^ "North Carolina General Assembly - Vote History". Retrieved 2018-04-28.
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  13. ^ West, William. "Steinburg calls prison system 'disaster'".
  14. ^ Hawley, Jon. "Steinburg calls prison system disaster".
  15. ^ "Steinburg projected to win NC Senate race".
  16. ^ "North Carolina General Assembly - Representative Bob Steinburg (Rep) Committee Assignments (2017-2018 Session)". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
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  18. ^ Ponder, Reggie. "Senate budget boosts guard pay at some prisons". Senate budget boosts guard pay at some prisons.
  19. ^ 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.