Paul Luebke

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Paul Luebke
Paul Luebke.jpg
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1946-01-18)January 18, 1946
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 29, 2016(2016-10-29) (aged 70)
Political party Democratic
Occupation educator

Paul Luebke (January 18, 1946 – October 29, 2016) was a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the 30th House District, which includes constituents in Durham County. A professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Luebke served eleven[1] consecutive two-year term in the state House of Representatives.

Childhood and education[edit]

Paul Luebke was born on January 18, 1946,[2] in Chicago, Illinois, to Paul and Eunice Luebke. His father was a teacher and education administrator and his mother was a homemaker.[citation needed] Luebke spent his childhood living in Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. During his high school years he moved to Ankara, Turkey, where his father worked as an education advisor to the Turkish government for the U.S. Foreign Aid Program.

While living in Turkey he studied at Privatschule der deutschen Botschaft, a German embassy school in Ankara, from 1959 until 1962.

After high school, Luebke attended Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey.[3] In 1966 he earned a bachelor of arts in government from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He earned a doctorate in political sociology from Columbia University in 1975.[4][5]

After graduate school he moved to the Durham area.[2]


Paul Luebke taught sociology at Tougaloo College, a historically black college in Jackson, Mississippi from 1971 to 1975. He taught sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1975 to 1976. Luebke began teaching sociology at UNC Greensboro in 1976 and was awarded tenure in 1982.

He was a member of the sociology faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in political sociology.[6]

He served on the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority from 1987 until 1991. He served as a board member of the North Carolina Consumers Council as a consumer rights advocate.

He was elected to the state House of Representatives in Durham's District 23, which then had three members, in 1990 and took up his position in 1991.[2]

As of February 2011 Luebke represented District 30[2] and was a member of the following committees:[7]

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Public utilities
  • Rules, calendar and operations of the House

He was a chairman of the Finance committee and of the select committee on Municipal Annexation,[8] as well as vice-chairman of the Election Law, Campaign Finance Reform and Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House committees. He was also a member of the Energy and Energy Efficiency committee and the Environmental and Natural Resources committee.

He thought of himself as a "Progressive Democrat" and said that "I am especially proud that, during the 1990s, I led the bipartisan effort to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries; and that, in 2009, I was a primary House sponsor of the Racial Justice Act."[2] Luebke died of lymphoma on October 29, 2016 at the age of 70, while still in office.[9]


Luebke wrote of two books about North Carolina politics: Tar Heel Politics: Myths and Realities (1990)[10] and Tar Heel Politics 2000 (1998).[11]


  1. ^ House Principal Clerk's Office (2011-01-07). "House of Representatives Terms served in General Assembly, House and Senate including 2011" (PDF). North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Candidate questionnaires: Paul Luebke". Independent Weekly. Durham, NC. 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Board Selects Heads Of Publications, WVUR". The Torch. Apr 21, 1964. Retrieved Nov 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rep. Paul Luebke (D-NC 30th District)". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Alumni authors". Valparaiso University. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Faculty and publications". The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Committee Assignments". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Annexation public hearing moved to larger room". Post Publishing Co. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Long-serving Durham legislator Paul Luebke dies at 70". The News & Observer. Oct 30, 2016. Retrieved Oct 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Luebke, Paul (1990). Tar Heel Politics: Myths and Realities. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Univ of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9780807818848. 
  11. ^ Luebke, Paul (1998). Tar Heel Politics 2000. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Univ of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9780807847565. 

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