David Funderburk

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David Funderburk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byTim Valentine
Succeeded byBob Etheridge
United States Ambassador to Romania
In office
October 2, 1981 – May 13, 1985
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byO. Rudolph Aggrey
Succeeded byRoger Kirk
Personal details
David Britton Funderburk

(1944-04-28) April 28, 1944 (age 75)
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Betty Funderburk

David Britton Funderburk (born April 28, 1944) was the ambassador of the United States to Romania from 1981 to 1985, and a U.S. Representative from North Carolina, serving as a Republican between 1995 and 1997.

Funderburk was born at Langley Field in Hampton, Virginia as the son of a theologian-pastor and school teacher. He grew up in Aberdeen, North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University from 1962 to 1967 earning a B.A. and M.A.. He received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of South Carolina, with a thesis titled "British policy towards Romania, 1938–1940: a study in economic and political strategy".

Prior to entering politics, Funderburk worked as a professor of history. He initially taught at Wingate University and then later at the University of South Carolina, Hardin-Simmons University, and Campbell University. He was a Fulbright Scholar who later received Romania's highest award to a foreigner. The University of Bucharest and Campbell University gave him honorary doctorates.

In 1981, Funderburk was chosen as the U.S. Ambassador to Communist Romania, serving at the post until 1985. In "Pinstripes and Reds", a book published in 1987, he described the process by which he was nominated and confirmed to be ambassador, as well as aspects of life in Romania during Nicolae Ceauşescu's time. In 1986, Funderburk ran for the U.S. Senate, but was defeated in the Republican primary by incumbent Jim Broyhill.

Funderburk became a professional lecturer and writer in 1988 and was elected as a Republican to the 104th Congress in 1994, coming in as a part of the Republican Revolution. Funderburk was the first Republican to represent his district since 1901.

Funderburk was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the 105th Congress. His defeat was largely blamed on a car accident in which he was involved, which caused bad publicity. Witnesses claimed that he was driving but then switched seats with his wife.[1][2]

He currently resides in Southern Pines, North Carolina.


  • If the Blind Lead the Blind: The Scandal Regarding the Mis-teachings of Communism in American Universities Erwin, N.C.: Carolina Arts and Publishing House, 1978.
  • British Policy Toward Romania, 1938–1940 N.p., 1983.
  • Pinstripes and Reds: An American Ambassador Caught Between the State Department & the Romanian Communists, 1981–1985 Washington, D.C.: Selous Foundation Press, 1987. ISBN 0-944273-01-7


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
O. Rudolph Aggrey
United States Ambassador to Romania
October 13, 1981–May 13, 1985
Succeeded by
Roger Kirk
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Valentine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1995–January 3, 1997
Succeeded by
Bob Etheridge