North Carolina Republican Party
|North Carolina Republican Party|
|House Leader||Mike Hager|
|Senate Leader||Phil Berger|
|Headquarters||1506 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27605|
|Student wing||North Carolina Federation of College Republicans|
|Youth wing||North Carolina Young Republicans|
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
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|House of Representatives||
74 / 120
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|U.S. House of Representatives||
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The elections of 2010 led to Republican control of both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1896. In 2012, Republicans retained control of the legislature and elected two Republicans, Pat McCrory and Dan Forest, as Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively. Most of the other Council of State offices (the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively) remain under Democratic control (the other Republicans are Cherie K. Berry, Commissioner of Labor and Steve Troxler, Commissioner of Agriculture.)
- 1 History
- 2 Party platform
- 3 Current elected officials
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Although Republicans first nominated a candidate for President of the United States, John C. Fremont, in 1856, the party was not established in North Carolina until after the Civil War, in 1867. With the help of the newly enfranchised freedmen, Republicans were briefly successful in state politics, dominating the convention that wrote the North Carolina Constitution of 1868 and electing several governors. After Reconstruction, Democrats returned to power. Republicans did have success in the 1890s when they joined forces with the Populist party in an "electoral fusion".
Very little progress was made for North Carolina Republicans during the first half of the twentieth century. Only in 1928 did Republicans carry the state's electoral votes for president (for candidate Herbert Hoover). As a party electorally, it was most confined geographically to areas in the Piedmont near Charlotte and Winston-Salem and the mountains in the western part of the state. It was from there that the first Republican since before the Great Depression was elected to Congress in 1952, Charles R. Jonas. He was joined in 1962 by Jim Broyhill. From this base, and nearly winning the electoral votes for the state in the Presidential elections from 1952 to 1960, the party began to grow.
In 1972, Republicans became competitive in statewide elections for the first time since 1900, when James Holshouser was elected Governor of the state, and Jesse Helms was elected to the U.S. Senate. Jack Lee, who was elected state party chairperson in 1977, is widely credited with unifying North Carolina Republican Party at the time.
The most recent version of the North Carolina Republican platform was released on June 7, 2013. It contains ten articles and was formed by 13 district representatives and 3 Republican chair members.
The Republicans of North Carolina support two parent male-female family values. Same sex marriage is not supported by North Carolina Republicans and amendments to the constitution are supported to limit the definition of marriage to a man and woman.
The party supports free enterprise economics with little government regulation and taxation. North Carolina is the top tax payer in the southeast United States.
The party believes that individuals possess God-given inherent rights and it is the job of the government to protect them and support equality under the law.
This section of the platform affirms their opposition to government healthcare mandates that are inconsistent with the religious tenets of an organization and the support of free-market solutions to the healthcare crisis.
Sanctity of life
The party believes that the government must respect and protect all human life from conception to natural death and that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
Also, the use of human cloning or the use of human embryos is opposed by the party.
The party believes that government must not spend money it does not have or levy unfunded mandates on local government.
The party opposes gambling or a state lottery.
Citizens should have access to campaign finance records according to the party .
The party supports poll judges, updated voter rolls and the use of photo identification to deter fraud.
The party believes:
- All children should have access to a quality education
- In the right to pray in school and public events privately.
- Patriotism should be encouraged in public schools. Curriculum should include information on the founding of the country and the United States Declaration of Independence. Economics should be taught as well in order to form well rounded citizens.
- Sex education should not be taught without parental consent: abstinence should be taught in its stead and the bulk of sexual education be left to the parents.
- Vocational education should be expanded.
The party supports the death penalty in cases of murder. Also wait time for the death penalty should be cut as much as possible according to their 2011 justice plank.
North Carolina Republicans have come under fire for their support of the death penalty. In an effort to repeal the Racial Justice Act, North Carolina Republicans introduced a bill that would essentially veto the act voted on in 2009. In June 2013, North Carolina's governor Pat McCrory signed the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, saying that the law was essentially a ban on capital punishment in the state.
The party believes we have a duty to protect our resources. They also support a comprehensive energy policy that promotes energy security and independence.
The party believes that the first priority of the federal government is to provide for our security, which includes adequate support and compensation for our troops.
English should be the official language of the United States.
The party supports Social Security, but also supports alternative financial retirement options.
Current elected officials
The party controls four of the ten statewide Council of State offices and holds a majority in both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate. Republicans also hold both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and 10 of the state's 13 U.S. House seats.
Members of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
- NC-2nd: Renee Ellmers
- NC-3rd: Walter B. Jones, Jr.
- NC-5th: Virginia Foxx
- NC-6th: Mark Walker
- NC-7th: David Rouzer
- NC-8th: Richard Hudson
- NC-9th: Robert Pittenger
- NC-10th: Patrick T. McHenry
- NC-11th: Mark Meadows
- NC-13th: George Holding
- Governor: Pat McCrory
- Lieutenant Governor: Dan Forest
- Commissioner of Agriculture: Steve Troxler
- Commissioner of Labor: Cherie Berry
North Carolina General Assembly
- President Pro Tem of the Senate: Phil Berger
- Senate Majority Leader: Harry Brown
- Speaker of the House: Tim Moore
- House Majority Leader: Mike Hager
- North Carolina's Civil War Story: War's End and Reconstruction
- NC History Project: Fusion Politics
- NC Election of 1898
- Election of 1972
- Jacobs, Chick (2014-06-11). "Former Fayetteville mayor, Jackson Lee, dies". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
- "Former Fayetteville Mayor Elected Chairman of Party". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 1977-04-16. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
- http://web.archive.org/web/20120114173321/http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501363_162-57343236/nc-governor-vetoes-death-row-racial-bias-bill/. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Missing or empty
- Matt Smith (June 21, 2013). "'Racial Justice Act' repealed in North Carolina". CNN. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- North Carolina Republican Party
- NC Republican Senate Caucus Website
- NC Federation of Republican Men
- NC Federation of Republican Women
- North Carolina Federation of Young Professional Republicans, formerly the NC Young Republicans
- NC Teenage Republicans[dead link]
- Links to county parties
- Oral History Interview with Jack Hawke (chair from 1987-1995) from Oral Histories of the American South