Mickey Michaux

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Henry M. "Mickey" Michaux
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Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 31st district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Henry McKinley Michaux
(1930-09-04) September 4, 1930 (age 87)
Durham, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) June
Residence Durham, North Carolina
Alma mater North Carolina Central University
Profession attorney, real estate, insurance

Henry McKinley "Mickey" Michaux Jr. (born September 4, 1930) is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-first House district since 1983. He previously served from 1973 through 1977. His district includes constituents in Durham County. As of 2014, Michaux is the longest-serving member of the North Carolina General Assembly.[1] In the 2007-2008 session, Michaux served as senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and chairman of the House Select Committee on Street Gang Prevention.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Representative Michaux and his wife June have two children, Jocelyn and Cicero. He and his wife currently reside in Durham, North Carolina.[3]


In 1948, Michaux attended Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina. He later went on to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, where he received both his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1952 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) in 1964. Representative Michaux also did some graduate work in physiology and biochemistry at Rutgers University in New Jersey and in Business Administration and Economics at North Carolina Central University. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from North Carolina Central University as well.[4]


An attorney and businessman, Michaux is a native of Durham, North Carolina and an alumnus of Durham's North Carolina Central University.[5] He served in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1952–1954 and in the Army Reserves from 1954 until 1960. He was an assistant district attorney before being elected to the North Carolina legislature in 1972. In 1977, Michaux became the first black United States Attorney in the South since Reconstruction when he was appointed to head the office in the Middle District of North Carolina.[6] Leaving that post at the end of the Carter administration, Michaux ran for Congress in 1982.

He is currently still a practicing attorney and is partner at Michaux and Michaux Practicing Attorneys which was established in 1970.[4] Michaux is the current Vice President of Union Insurance and Realty Company and has held this position since 1955.[4]

Runoff election threshold[edit]

Michaux polled the most votes in the first round of the Democratic primary, but because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, he was forced into a runoff with Tim Valentine. Valentine won the runoff, and Michaux returned to the state legislature. There, he pushed for the elimination of primary runoffs, and eventually the law was changed to lower the threshold to winning 40 percent to avoid a runoff. Had that law been in place in 1982, Michaux would have been the first African-American elected to Congress from North Carolina in the twentieth century.[7]

In 1992, Michaux lost the Democratic primary in the new 12th congressional district to Mel Watt.[8]

Awards and contributions[edit]

Representative Michaux was inducted into the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011.[4] His contributions have also been recognized by North Carolina Central University, which renamed its School of Education in his honor in 2007. Michaux has served three terms as the National President of the NCCU Alumni Association as well as terms as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the NCCU Foundation, Inc.[9]


Michaux holds memberships in the National Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.[4] While obtaining his undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University, Michaux was a member of the Lampodas Club of Omega Psi Phi fraternity where he served as treasurer in 1949.[10] He is regarded as a notable member of the Beta Phi chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.[11]


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