|E. S. (Buck) Newton|
|Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 11th district
January 5, 2011 – January 2017
|Preceded by||A. B. Swindell|
|Succeeded by||Rick Horner|
|Born||Eldon Sharpe Newton III
July 5, 1968
Wilson, North Carolina, U.S.
|Residence||Wilson, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||Appalachian State University
Eldon Sharpe (Buck) Newton III (born July 5, 1968) is a Republican Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly representing District 11 (Wilson and Nash counties). Newton won his seat in the 2010 election, defeating Democratic incumbent A.B. Swindell. Newton was an unsuccessful Republican nominee for North Carolina Attorney General against Democrat Josh Stein, losing by approximately 25,000 votes, or 0.5%.
Early life and education
Newton is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Campbell University School of Law. He has practiced law for 16 years, at his firm, Newton and Lee, in Wilson, and became a legislator in 2010.
From 2007 to 2011, Newton served as the chairman for the Wilson County Republican Party before taking office in early 2011.
In response to the state's law on LGBT issues Newton, at a conservative rally supporting the North Carolina's House Bill 2 "HB2", said “Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight”. In a later interview Newton said his remarks at the rally were intended to mean “keep men out of the ladies’ room”. Newton has also said that "folks that wave the rainbow flags” need to get used to “the way things have always been in this state”.
Newton ran for Attorney General of North Carolina in 2016 losing to Josh Stein.
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