Larry Pittman

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Representative
Larry Pittman
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Member of the
North Carolina House of Representatives
Assumed office
October 10, 2011
Preceded byJeff Barnhart
Constituency82nd District (2011-2019)
83rd District (2019-present)
Personal details
Born
Larry Graham Pittman

(1954-09-30) September 30, 1954 (age 67)
Kinston, North Carolina
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Tammy
Children2
Residence(s)Concord, North Carolina
EducationNew Bern High School
Alma materMount Olive Junior College (AS)
Atlantic Christian College (BA)
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv)
OccupationPastor

Larry Graham Pittman (born September 30, 1954) is a Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.[1] He has represented the 83rd district (and the preceding 82nd district) (including constituents in Cabarrus County) since 2011.[2]

North Carolina General Assembly[edit]

Pittman was first appointed to the North Carolina House of Representatives on October 10, 2011 to replace fellow Republican Jeff Barnhart who resigned to join a consulting firm. Pittman has been re-elected to the seat a total of 5 times, most recently in 2020. On February 4, 2021, Pittman announced that he wouldn't seek re-election in 2022.[3]

In February 2017, Pittman co-sponsored a bill allowing the removal of the ban on North Carolina seceding from the Union ever again. In March 2017 he co-sponsored a bill to once again make gay marriages not valid in North Carolina. Responding to criticisms to both bills, Pittman made controversial statements that were widely reported in the news media.[4][5][6] In March 2016, Pittman was a co-sponsor of North Carolina's Bathroom bill.[7]

HB 147[edit]

In February 2017, Pittman joined with Representatives Michael Speciale (R-Craven) and George Cleveland (R-Jacksonville) in proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow North Carolina voters to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution. This article declares that "This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation," and prohibits the state from seceding from the United States of America; its inclusion in North Carolina’s 1868 constitution was a condition for being readmitted into the Union after the Civil War.[8] The bill passed the first reading on February 22, 2017, and was referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.[9]

HB 780[edit]

Pittman, Speciale, and Representative Carl Ford (R-China Grove) sponsored House Bill 780, which was introduced on March 14, 2017. This bill would end North Carolina's recognition of same sex marriage in disregard of the US Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and cites the Bible as justification for this disregard.[10] The bill passed the first reading on April 13, 2017, and was referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.[11] On the same day, however, state house speaker Tim Moore stated that the bill would not proceed further due to concerns about its constitutionality. In North Carolina, it is a common practice for bills that lack the support of party leadership to be sent to the Rules Committee to die.[12][13]

HB 158[edit]

In February 2021, Pittman and North Carolina House Representative Mark Brody introduced House Bill 158, which aimed to classify abortion as first-degree murder and legalize the use of deadly force against those performing or receiving an abortion.[14][15]

Controversial statements[edit]

On March 22, 2017, Pittman posted a newsletter on his Facebook page, giving his constituents an update on his activities. Numerous constituents posted comments, and Pittman responded with controversial statements.

On June 15, 2020, the NC lawmaker posted on his Facebook page calling Seattle BLM protesters 'thugs' and 'vermin' and suggested police 'shoot' those resisting arrest.[16]

U.S. Supreme Court opinion[edit]

In response to a commenter's criticism of HB 780, Pittman posted a comment on April 11, 2017, stating that North Carolina should uphold traditional marriage "in spite of the opinion of a federal court that had no business interfering."[17][18]

Lincoln-Hitler comparison[edit]

Pittman's post in reference to the U.S. Supreme Court led to several comments on states' rights and a post telling Pittman that the Civil War was over, the Union had won, and to "get over it". Pittman responded in a post on April 12, 2017, saying: "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if [sic] tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional."[16][17][19] He later deleted the post.[18]

Climate change statement[edit]

In July 2012, Pittman issued a statement rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change: "Our climate runs on a cycle. It goes up and it goes down and the Lord designed it that way. And the main thing that causes global warming is the Earth's relationship to a big ball of gas that's burning out there that we call the Sun. And it is the height of hubris for human beings to think that we can have any effect on that."[20]

Summary execution for protestors[edit]

In a June 2020 Facebook post, in response to the national protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, Pittman called protesters "vermin" and "thugs" and opined that if they "resist and attack" police should shoot them.[21]

Call for public hangings[edit]

In 2012, Pittman called for the public hanging of doctors who provide abortions.[22]

Electoral history[edit]

2020

North Carolina House of Representatives 83rd district Republican primary election, 2020[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 4,798 60.72%
Republican Jay White 3,104 39.28%
Total votes 7,902 100%
North Carolina House of Representatives 83rd district general election, 2020[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 27,904 51.26%
Democratic Gail Young 26,534 48.74%
Total votes 54,438 100%
Republican hold

2018

North Carolina House of Representatives 83rd district Republican primary election, 2018[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 2,596 63.61%
Republican Michael Anderson 1,485 36.39%
Total votes 4,081 100%
North Carolina House of Representatives 83rd district general election, 2018[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 14,798 52.78%
Democratic Gail Young 13,240 47.22%
Total votes 28,038 100%
Republican hold

2016

North Carolina House of Representatives 82nd district Republican primary election, 2016[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 5,672 52.82%
Republican Michael Fischer 5,066 47.18%
Total votes 10,738 100%
North Carolina House of Representatives 82nd district general election, 2016[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 24,636 57.92%
Democratic Earle Schecter 17,900 42.08%
Total votes 42,536 100%
Republican hold

2014

North Carolina House of Representatives 82nd district Republican primary election, 2014[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 3,082 62.22%
Republican Leigh Thomas Brown 1,871 37.78%
Total votes 4,953 100%
North Carolina House of Representatives 82nd district general election, 2014[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 13,818 59.50%
Democratic Earle H. Schecter 9,404 40.50%
Total votes 23,222 100%
Republican hold

2012

North Carolina House of Representatives 82nd district Republican primary election, 2012[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 4,292 51.46%
Republican Jay White 4,049 48.54%
Total votes 8,341 100%
North Carolina House of Representatives 82nd district general election, 2012[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Pittman (incumbent) 24,674 100%
Total votes 24,674 100%
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Pittman's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "North Carolina General Assembly - Representative Larry G. Pittman (Republican, 2015-2016 Session)". www.ncleg.net. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  3. ^ Matt Mercer (February 4, 2021). "Firebrand Rep. Larry Pittman retiring at end of term". North State Media LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  4. ^ Sziemasko, Corky (2017-04-13). "North Carolina Politician Under Fire for Comparing Abraham Lincoln to Hitler". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  5. ^ Holley, Peter (2017-04-12). "A Southern lawmaker called Lincoln a 'tyrant' and compared him to Hitler". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  6. ^ Gerretsen, Isabelle (2017-04-13). "North Lawmaker Larry Pittman Calls Lincoln a 'Tyrant' like Hitler". Newsweek. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  7. ^ "House Bill 2". General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2016. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  8. ^ Colin Campbell (2017-02-21). "NC constitution's ban on secession could be dropped under House bill". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  9. ^ "House Bill 147". General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2017. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  10. ^ "Uphold Historical Marriage Act. – HOUSE BILL DRH10214-MM-60 (03/14)". GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2017. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  11. ^ "House Bill 780". NCGA North Carolina General Assembly. 2017-04-13. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  12. ^ Campbell, Colin (2017-04-13). "Proposed gay marriage ban is dead in NC House, speaker says". The News & Observer.
  13. ^ Laura Leslie; Matthew Burns (2017-04-11). "House speaker: Gay marriage ban bill going nowhere". WRAL-TV.
  14. ^ "Yes, Republicans really did try to make abortion punishable by death | Arwa Mahdawi". TheGuardian.com. 30 July 2022.
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20220710020606/https:/webservices.ncleg.gov/ViewBillDocument/2021/661/0/DRH40068-MLy-38A
  16. ^ a b Billman, Jeffrey C. (2017-04-12). "N.C. Representative Larry Pittman Calls Abraham Lincoln the "Same Sort [of] Tyrant" as Hitler and We Are Not Even Making That Up". Indyweek.com. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  17. ^ a b Morrill, Jim (2017-04-12). "NC lawmaker calls Abraham Lincoln a 'tyrant' like Hitler". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  18. ^ a b Mazza, Ed (2017-04-12). "GOP Lawmaker Compares 'Tyrant' Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  19. ^ Holley, Peter (2017-04-12). "A Southern lawmaker called Lincoln a 'tyrant' and compared him to Hitler". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  20. ^ "Oliver: Trump pulling out of Paris accord could have 'catastrophic' effect - the Boston Globe". The Boston Globe.
  21. ^ Morrill, Jim (June 16, 2020). "NC lawmaker blasts Black Lives Matter, calls protesters 'thugs' and 'vermin'". Charlotte Observer.
  22. ^ WRAL (2012-01-26). "Cabarrus lawmaker calls for public hangings". WRAL.com. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  23. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=03/03/2020&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=2260 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  24. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=11/03/2020&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1252 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  25. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=05/08/2018&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1256 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  26. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=11/06/2018&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1086 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  27. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=03/15/2016&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1470 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  28. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=11/08/2016&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1157 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  29. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=05/06/2014&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1005 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  30. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=11/04/2014&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1002 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  31. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=05/08/2012&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1075 North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  32. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=11/06/2012&county_id=0&office=NCH&contest=1269 North Carolina State Board of Elections.

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North Carolina House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 82nd district

2011–2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 83rd district

2019–present
Incumbent