Mike McIntyre

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Mike McIntyre
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Charlie Rose
Succeeded by David Rouzer
Personal details
Born (1956-08-06) August 6, 1956 (age 60)
Lumberton, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dee Strickland
Children Joshua
Alma mater University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Religion Presbyterianism

Douglas Carmichael "Mike" McIntyre II (born August 6, 1956) is the former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 7th congressional district, serving from 1997 to 2015. He is a member of the Democratic Party and of the Blue Dog Coalition.

The district is a large, mostly rural district in the southeastern part of the state, including Wilmington, Smithfield, Clinton and Kinston. Following the 2010 United States census, Lumberton, McIntyre's hometown, was mostly redistricted to North Carolina's 8th congressional district.

On January 8, 2014, McIntyre announced he would not seek reelection in the 2014 elections.[1]

Early life, education and career[edit]

McIntyre is a lifelong resident of Lumberton. His father, the optometrist Dr. Douglas McIntyre, was a city councilman. Earlier relatives were prominent members of the Robeson County bar. After serving as student body president in high school, he interned for 7th District Congressman Charlie Rose, whom he would replace upon the latter's retirement in 1997.[2] He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a political science major in 1978 and received his Juris Doctor in 1981. McIntyre practiced as an attorney until his election to Congress. He also served on a variety of law and economics related councils in eastern North Carolina and was active in community, church, civic, and professional organizations. [2][3]

McIntyre is considered the "most powerful and effective leader," political or otherwise, in southeastern North Carolina.[4][5] He was the co-author of the tobacco buyout bill that became law and has pumped almost $4 billion into the North Carolina economy.[6][7]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Party leadership[edit]

McIntyre is the top ranking member on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.[8]

Caucus, Task Force and other memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Prayer Caucus (Co-Chairman)
  • Adopt a Country Caucus (Co-Chairman and Co-Founder)
  • Business and Technology Task Force for the Blue Dog Coalition (Chairman)
  • Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
  • Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus
  • Congressional Science and Math Educational Caucus
  • Congressional Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood (Co-Chairman)
  • Congressional Waterways Caucus (Co-Chairman)
  • Faith and Values Task Force of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus (Co-Chairman)
  • Friends of Scotland Caucus (Co-Chairman and Co-Founder)
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Special Operations Forces Caucus (Co-Chairman)
  • Sportsmen's Caucus
  • Task Force on Jobs, Economic Development, and Transportation of the Congressional Rural Caucus (Co-Chairman)
  • United States Naval Academy Board Member
  • Youth Sports Caucus (Co-Chairman and Founder)
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Cement Caucus

Political positions[edit]

McIntyre is a somewhat conservative Democrat who opposes abortion and gun control.

In 2008, McIntyre authored the Veterans Outreach Improvement Act.[9] The bill, which is designed to increase funding to veterans' programs, was passed by the House unanimously. He has also written legislation to help tobacco farmers receive government subsidies and buyouts. On September 29, 2008 he voted against the $700 billion bank bailout plan [10] He has indicated his opposition to the national Democratic party plans for a health care reform bill[11] and in March 2010, McIntyre voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He said: "After we help jump start our economy, we should again turn our attention to health care reform – but with a clean slate."[12] McIntyre indicated his support for repeal on multiple occasions.[13][14] In January 2011, McIntyre was one of 3 Democrats to vote with the unified Republican caucus for the repeal of the recent health care reform law.[15] In July 2011, McIntyre was one of five Democrats to vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.[16] In April 2009, he voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.[17] McIntyre is one of the strongest Democratic voices in the House of Representatives in support of stronger counter-terrorism and domestic surveillance laws. He voted in support of the 2001 Patriot Act, the Patriot Act re-authorization of 2006, the Protect America Act of 2007, the FISA Amendment act of 2008, the Patriot Act Extension of 2011, the FISA Extension of 2012.

Political campaigns[edit]

McIntyre announced for the Democratic primary for the 7th District a few months before his former boss, Rose, retired after 24 years in Congress. He finished second in a crowded seven-way primary, and won the runoff with 52 percent of the vote. He then defeated Republican New Hanover County Commissioner Bill Caster in the general election, also by 52 percent of the vote.


McIntyre was elected to his sixth consecutive term, earning 73% of the popular vote and defeating Republican nominee Shirley Davis.


McIntyre won against Republican nominee Will Breazeale with 68.84% of the vote.


In 2010, McIntyre faced his first close race since his initial run for the seat, narrowly defeating Republican nominee Ilario Pantano with 53.7% of the vote even as the GOP took control of Congress as well as both houses of the state legislature.[18]


McIntyre's district had been trending Republican for some time, but was made even more Republican in redistricting.[19] Notably, part of Wilmington was shifted to the heavily Republican 3rd District, and much of his hometown of Lumberton was drawn into the 8th District. It also lost its share of Fayetteville. To make up for the loss in population, the 7th was pushed to the north, absorbing heavily Republican Johnston County.

After considering a run for governor, Mcintyre ran for re-election against Republican state senator and Johnston County resident David Rouzer.[20]

The election outcome left McIntyre the winner by 654 votes. A recount requested by Rouzer began on November 26, 2012; two days later, Rouzer conceded the race to McIntyre.[21] [22]

Personal life[edit]

McIntyre lives in Lumberton with his wife, Dee Strickland McIntyre. They have two sons, Joshua and Stephen.

McIntyre was named a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport in 2008. He has a Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do[5] and was inducted into the Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Davis, Susan (January 8, 2014). "House retirements fuel shrinking political center". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Dalesio, Emery P., and Austin Baird, "Ex-U.S. Rep. Charlie Rose helped tobacco farmers", AP and The News & Observer respectively; September 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  3. ^ McIntyre, Mike. "Biography". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Schreiner, Mark, "Top Government Leader: Mike McIntyre", Wilmington Star-News, July 30, 2002. "A recent survey of nearly 360 community leaders found that Rep. McIntyre is the most powerful and effective leader in the greater Wilmington region. The region's elite not only placed him atop a list of 45 leading government and political leaders, but first among all leaders in the region", webpage 1; high school, webpage 3; family, webpage 2. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  5. ^ a b Biography, McIntyre house.gov webpage. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  6. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Timing was right for tobacco buyout". Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Seapower & Projection Forces". Armed Services Committee. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "H.R.28 Latest Title: Veterans Outreach Improvement Act of 2011; Sponsor: Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] (introduced 1/5/2011); Cosponsors (None); Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health." From http://www.thomas.gov. New search at Library of Congress Thomas website required for confirmation or update of information; 2012-09-05.
  10. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 674", turner.com/cnn, 29-Sep-2008. "HR 3997 Question: On Concurring in Senate Amendment With An Amendment Bill title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide earnings assistance and tax relief to members of the uniformed services, volunteer firefighters, and Peace Corps volunteers and for other purposes."
  11. ^ Riley, Charles & Jeff Simon (2010-03-16). "Health care foes 11 votes shy of defeating bill". CNN.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  12. ^ "McIntyre Says, 'Yes to Jobs, No to Proposed Health Care Reform Bill'", press release, McIntyre house.gov webpage, March 19, 2010.
  13. ^ Condon, Stephanie (March 30, 2010). "Democrat Joins Calls for Health Care Repeal". CBS News. 
  14. ^ Saxton, Scott, "McIntyre supports repeal of health care bill", WECT-TV, March 29, 2010.
  15. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 14", clerk.house.gov, 19-Jan-2011. "HR 2; Question: On Passage Bill title: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act."
  16. ^ Berman, Russell (19 July 2011). "Five Blue Dogs join GOP in vote for 'cut, cap and balance' bill". The Hill. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  17. ^ [1]. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  18. ^ "Election 2010 - North Carolina 7th District - Pantano vs. McIntyre". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Miller, Joshua (August 8, 2011). "Race Ratings: GOP Looks for Major Gains in North Carolina". Roll Call. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ Gannon, Patrick (January 26, 2012). "McIntyre, other Democrats consider running for governor". Star-News. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  21. ^ Barksdale, Andrew (21 November 2012). "David Rouzer calls for recount in 7th District congressional race; U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre won seat by 655 votes". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  22. ^ Lederman, Josh. "Last House race brings 2012 election to an end". boston.com. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "Congressman Mike McIntyre Selected for Induction into the Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame". September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charlie Rose
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Rouzer