Campaign links: Brian Irving (Lib-NC-2)
Brian Irving (Lib-NC-2)
Brian Irving Libertarian Congressional Candidate North Carolina District 2
Biography of Brian Irving from Irving for Congress
Yankee by birth, Southerner by choice — American by the grace of God.
I was born in The Bronx, New York on January 2, 1949, and raised on Long Island. After graduating high school in 1967, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served 12 years, mostly in the public affairs field. In 1980, I was commissioned a second lieutenant and served as a public affairs officer at bases in Italy, the United Kingdom and Florida, and North Carolina, where I spent five years at Pope AFB in Fayetteville.
During my first assignment to the Philippines, I met and married by wife of 40 plus years, Maria Elisa (Lisa) Quiambao.
When I retired in 1992 after 25 years service, my wife and I choose to move back to Fayetteville and North Carolina. I decided to devote my second career to work in the non-profit field and to being a freelance writer. My jobs included working as communications director for the United Way of Cumberland County and as an administrative assistant for Catholic Social Ministries, and later St. Ann Catholic Church.
Just as I believe a libertarian can engage in practical politics and yet still remain true to principles, I believe a person can believe in God and be a libertarian. To complete the triangle, I don’t think believing God and science is a contradiction either.
I began my political career in Fayetteville, helping form a Libertarian Party chapter and running as the Libertarian candidate for Cumberland County commissioner (twice) and NC Senate District 21. I ran for the non-partisan Fayetteville city council twice and was appointed to two terms on the Fayetteville City Planning Commission from July 2000 to July 2004, including two years a chair. I was also a candidate for the NC Senate District 17 in 2008.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of the Philippines at Clark Air Base, a a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University (New Orleans).
My hobbies include reading, especially science fiction and alternate history, and collecting flags. When I was a teen, one of my favorite authors was Robert Heinlein, who coined the phrase TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) that was the first motto of the Libertarian Party.
I’m one of those people who have always been libertarian but didn’t know it. When I was a teen, I was active in the local Teenage Republicans. There were some older teens or young adults who discussed ideas which I know today were libertarian ideas.
My childhood heroes were: the Green Lantern, whose motto was “In brightest day, in darkest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Beware the power, Green Lantern’s light” and Sen. Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential candidate.
In his book “The Conscience of a Conservative,” Goldwater wrote:
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents ‘interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
This philosophy has formed the core of my political campaigns.