Robert A. Rucho

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Bob Rucho
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 39th district
In office
June 9, 2008 – January 1, 2017
Preceded byRobert Pittenger
Succeeded byDan Bishop
In office
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2005
Preceded byJames Forrester
Succeeded byRobert Pittenger
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 35th district
In office
January 1, 1997 – January 1, 2003
Preceded byJerry Blackmon
Succeeded byFern Shubert
Personal details
Robert Anthony Rucho

(1948-12-08) December 8, 1948 (age 71)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceRaleigh, North Carolina
Alma materNortheastern University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Robert Anthony Rucho (born December 8, 1948), dentist from Matthews, North Carolina, was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-ninth Senate district, including parts of Mecklenburg County.[1] Rucho served as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee until his abrupt resignation in June 2013 in a dispute with Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger over tax reform policy.[2] Berger never accepted the resignation and the next month, Rucho resumed his chairmanship.[3]

Views on the Affordable Care Act[edit]

Rucho gained much criticism, including from within his own party, after he tweeted "Justice Robert's pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then [sic] the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined" on December 15, 2013. [4]


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  2. ^ AP: Rucho resigns co-chair spot in spat with Berger
  3. ^ News & Observer Under the Dome: Rucho back in front
  4. ^ RUGG, DIANA. "Senator Bob Rucho compares Obamacare to Nazis". NBC Charlotte. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.