Larry Shaw (politician)

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Larry Shaw was (1995-2009)[1] a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's twenty-first Senate district, including constituents in Cumberland County. A corporate executive from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Shaw is currently serving in his seventh term in the North Carolina Senate. Previously, he served one term in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 2010, Shaw announced that he would not seek re-election.[2]

Shaw was the highest-ranking Muslim elected official in the United States until the election of Keith Ellison to represent Minnesota's 5th congressional district.[3]

Shaw also served on the National Board of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He became chairman of the board in 2009.[4] In 2010 he became the host of an internet radio show on American Muslim 360 that is regularly scheduled for Tuesday evenings. The show is focused on current events and real world topics.[5]

As of 2017, Mr. Shaw works as a golf coach at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.[6]


  1. ^ "North Carolina African-American Legislators 1969-2017" (pdf). NC Legislature.
  2. ^ News & Observer: Sen. Larry Shaw won't seek reelection Archived 2010-06-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ According to Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as cited in Alan Cooperman, "Muslim Candidate Plays Defense," Washington Post, September 11, 2006, page A03.[1]
  4. ^ News & Observer: Shaw to chair Muslim affairs group Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ American Muslim 360 website
  6. ^ Lewis (2017-01-04). "Larry Shaw:2017 Men's Golf Coach". Wake County Athletics. Retrieved 2018-04-19.

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