Fred Heineman

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Fred Heineman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by David Price
Succeeded by David Price
Personal details
Born (1929-12-28)December 28, 1929
New York City, New York
Died March 20, 2010(2010-03-20) (aged 80)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara / Linda Gilstrap
Children Susan Heineman, Karen Heineman Evans, Janet Heineman Marino, Nancy Heineman Campagnino, Fred Heineman, Step-daughter Jill Gilstrap Clodfelter
Religion Lutheran

Frederick K. "Fred" Heineman (December 28, 1929 – March 20, 2010)[1] was a Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, serving between 1995 and 1997.

Born in New York City, New York, Heineman attended Mt. St. Michael High School in The Bronx. He then studied at Concordia Junior College, Westchester Community College, the University of Bridgeport, St. Francis College, and John Jay College. Heineman served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954, and worked as a New York City police officer between 1955 and 1979.[2]

In 1979, Heineman came to Raleigh, North Carolina as that city's chief of police. He served for 15 years, a time when Raleigh began an explosive period of growth that continues today. He promoted many women and minorities to senior positions for the first time, and cut a distinct figure with his thick New York accent.[3] In 1994, he stepped down as chief of police and ran for Congress as a Republican against incumbent Democrat David Price, besting Price in the "Republican Revolution" of 1994. After a single term in the 104th Congress (January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997), Heineman fell ill and was narrowly defeated for re-election in 1996 by Price.

Despite representing a fairly Democratic district, Heineman had an unshakably conservative voting record, garnering perfect 100s from the American Conservative Union during his brief tenure. This was typical of most members of the Republican freshman class of 1994.

He came under fire when he claimed that despite making a combined $183,000 from his NYPD and Raleigh pensions and his congressional salary, he was part of the "lower middle class." He further argued that anyone making between $300,000 and $750,000 was a member of the middle class.[4]

Fred Heineman died of natural causes on March 20, 2010 at his home in Raleigh.[1] To the day he died, he was nicknamed "the Chief."[3]


  1. ^ a b Sloane Heffernan (March 21, 2010). "Former Raleigh police chief dies". WRAL-TV. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
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  3. ^ a b Quillin, Martha. Heineman, ex-police chief, dies. The News & Observer, 2010-03-22.
  4. ^ Roberts, Sam. Another Kind of Middle-Class Squeeze. New York Times, 1997-05-18.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Price
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Price