Edgar V. Starnes

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Representative
Edgar Starnes
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Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
January 1997 – January 2015
Preceded by George S. Robinson
Succeeded by George S. Robinson[1]
Personal details
Born (1956-09-03) September 3, 1956 (age 59)[2]
Granite Falls, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Residence Granite Falls, North Carolina
Occupation Self Employed Real Estate Investor[3]
Religion Southern Baptist[3]
Edgar Starnes Campaign WebsiteProject Vote Smart Biography

Edgar Vance Starnes is a North Carolina politician and an investor in real estate. He served as a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly for a total of approximately 20 years, from 1987–88 and from 1997 through January 2015. He then resigned to become legislative liaison for North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell.[4] At the time of his resignation, Starnes represented the state's eighty-seventh House district (Caldwell County).

He was elected House Majority Leader by his colleagues in December 2012, for the legislative session beginning in January 2013.[5] After the 2014 election, in which he was re-elected to the House without opposition, Starnes chose not to seek a second term as Majority Leader because he was already discussing the position with the State Treasurer's office.[6]

Nullification resolution[edit]

In April 2013, Starnes and ten Republican colleagues introduced House Bill 494, a resolution in the Assembly which repudiates any federal court power in ruling on any Constitutional topic in North Carolina, a legally discredited theory known to historians of the antebellum U.S. as nullification.

"The Constitution of the United States does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional; therefore, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the power to determine constitutionality and the proper interpretation and proper application of the Constitution is reserved to the states and to the people," the resolution asserts, continuing, "Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion".[7]

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