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Mike McIntyre Congressional Candidate North Carolina District 7
Trivia: Congressman McIntyre, due to redistricting, is now a resident of the new North Carolina Congressional District 8.
Mike McIntyre has represented North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997.
A leadership survey by the Wilmington Star-News found that Congressman McIntyre is the area’s “most powerful and effective leader.” Not only was he ranked first among government and political leaders, but he was also “first among all leaders,” which included those in positions of business and civic leadership as well.
In Congress, Rep. McIntyre is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee where he pushes to promote and protect our farm families and is committed to our nation’s servicemen and women, veterans, and military retirees. Additionally, he has been a leader on law enforcement issues, an avid defender of our senior citizens, and a strong advocate for improved health care and education.
Representative McIntyre has taken a common-sense approach to forging a bipartisan consensus on public policy and is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition. From this vantage point, he has played a key role in finding practical solutions to complex problems. The Fayetteville Observer-Times has even noted that Congressman McIntyre’s “stands have earned him high marks from a wide spectrum of political interests.” And the Topsail Voice has declared, “His ability to work with both the Republican and the Democratic leadership is a major asset, and the value of that leverage cannot be denied.”
Economic development has been at the forefront of Congressman McIntyre’s work. Recently Rep. McIntyre was named as the first recipient ever of an international award in public policy by the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security for his efforts to produce job opportunities and increase worker training. The National Association of Development Organizations has also honored Representative McIntyre for his leadership in regional economic development, and the Southern Economic Development Council has chosen him four times for its Legislative Honor Roll. In 2002 he also won the North Carolina Employment Security Advancing Workforce Development Award. He is the Chairman of the Business and Technology Task Force for the Blue Dog Coalition. He is also Co-Chairman of the Rural Caucus Task Force on Jobs and Economic Development.
An Assistant Whip on Capitol Hill, Congressman McIntyre also serves on the Steering Committee of the Rural Health Care Coalition and as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood, and he was selected in his first year of office as a Congressional delegate to the President’s Summit for America’s Future. Congressman McIntyre received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the Robeson County Crop Promotion Association. In 2002, he was the only Member of the House to be chosen for a Legislative Award in recognition of his leadership and “ongoing commitment to policies improving health care” by the National Rural Health Association. A recipient of the Conservationist Award by the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, Congressman McIntyre has also been honored nationally by the American Coastal Coalition for his work in protecting and preserving our beaches.
The National Guard Association has presented the congressman the prestigious Charles Dick Medal of Merit for his outstanding work on behalf of the National Guard and our national defense. The Air Force Association and the Association of the U.S. Army have both recognized his efforts on their behalf, and Congressman McIntyre represents the House Armed Services Committee on the U.S. Naval Academy’s advisory board. He is also Co-Chairman of the newly-organized Special Forces Caucus. Because of his steadfast commitment to all branches of our military, The Military Officers’ Association of North Carolina has conferred upon Congressman McIntyre Honorary Life Membership.
Recently he was named to the prestigious United States Commission on Security and Cooperation with Europe. He is one of only nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives to be chosen for this commission which focuses on military security, as well as economic and environmental cooperation, and promotes democracy, religious freedom, and humanitarian concerns throughout the world.
His accomplishments have been recognized by numerous organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Federation of Independent Business, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Congressman McIntyre, whose roots in North Carolina are well-established, was educated in the public schools of Lumberton and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A Morehead Scholar, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a political science major in 1978 and received his Juris Doctorate in 1981. His senior year of college the chancellor presented him the Sullivan Award, for best exemplifying in his class “unselfish interest in the welfare of his fellow man” during his collegiate career.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington recently conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon Congressman McIntyre for his meritorious service and distinction in public service by improving the quality of life in southeastern North Carolina.
Active in community, church, civic, and professional activities, Mike McIntyre has served as a leader in the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, coached three All-American Drug-Free Sports Teams and has been active in Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Additionally, Rep. McIntyre has been a lay leader in the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, including serving as an Elder, Deacon, and Sunday School teacher, and Chairman of the Weekday School and Day Care Committee.
In 1987, Representative McIntyre was chosen as one of the state’s Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians of the Year by the North Carolina Jaycees. As a strong advocate of issues that impact the family, he was a charter member of both the North Carolina Commission on Children & Youth and the North Carolina Commission on the Family. Representative McIntyre has worked tirelessly to improve education and has been a volunteer in the schools for over 22 years, continuing that commitment as he serves in Congress. In 1989 he earned the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for his work with children and educators.
In addition to his Washington office, Rep. McIntyre maintains three district offices in Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Wilmington. Born on August 6, 1956, Mike lives in Lumberton with his wife, Dee Strickland McIntyre, and their two sons, Joshua and Stephen, both of whom have won scholarships to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they are currently enrolled.
Biography of Mike McIntyre from Mike McIntyre for Congress
Mike McIntyre, who represents the Seventh Congressional District in southeastern North Carolina, was first elected to office in 1996 and has been re-elected by overwhelming majorities in each subsequent election.
The Wilmington Star-News found Congressman McIntyre to be “the most powerful and effective leader” in a leadership survey of more than 300 area leaders. Not only was Rep. McIntyre tops among governmental and political leaders, but he also ranked first among all leaders, including civic and business leaders.
Congressman McIntyre was educated in the public schools of his hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina. A Morehead Scholar, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate in 1981. During his senior year of college, he was presented the Sullivan Award by the university chancellor for “unselfish interest in the welfare of his fellow man.”
Prior to his election to Congress, Mike McIntyre was very involved in church, civic, and professional activities. McIntyre has been a lay leader in the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton with service as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Chairman of the Weekday School and Day Care Committee. McIntyre has also served in the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, and local Parent Teacher Association. He has coached three All-American Drug-Free Sports teams. As a strong supporter of issues that impact the family, McIntyre was a charter member of both the North Carolina Commission on Children and Youth and the North Carolina Commission on the Family. A tireless advocate for improvements to the region’s education system, McIntyre has volunteered in the schools for the past 20 years, and he continues to speak to classrooms as United States Congressman.
In 1987, Mike McIntyre was chosen as one of the state’s Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians of the Year by the North Carolina Jaycees. In 1989, McIntyre earned the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for his work with children and educators.
In Congress, Representative McIntyre chairs the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture, including biotechnology, and he is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee where he fights to protect our farm families and to support our servicemen, servicewomen, and military retirees. He is one of the founding Co-Chairmen of the Special Operations Forces Caucus. Committed to the people he serves, McIntyre has been an ardent defender of our senior citizens, a strong advocate for health care and education improvements, and a leader in law enforcement issues.
Representative McIntyre was chosen by his colleagues to co-chair two important task forces: the House Rural Health Care Coalitionand the Congressional Task Force on Fatherhood Promotion. Congressman McIntyre was the only Member of Congress in the U.S.House to be chosen for the National Rural Health Care Association’s Legislative Award in 2003 for his leadership on health issues. Additionally, McIntyre is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of “solution-oriented conservative Democrats,” where he Co-Chairs the Coalition’s Task Force on Business and Technology.
In 2007, Congressman McIntyre was selected the National Legislator of the Year by the Farm Service Agency Employees’ Association. In 2001, Representative McIntyre was presented the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by the Robeson County Crop Promotion Association and the “Super Hero Award” by the National Association of Community Health Centers. He has also been honored nationally by the American Coastal Coalition for his work in the protection and preservation of our beaches and has received the Conservationist Award of the NC Coastal Land Trust. The North Carolina Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association has also honored Rep. McIntyre for his work on behalf of law enforcement and public safety.
The fight for jobs and economic development by Rep. McIntyre has earned him the distinction of being the first person ever to receive an international award in public policy by the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security. He also won the National Leadership Award for economic development by the National Association of Development Organizations in 2007, and he was chosen for the 2002 North Carolina Employment Security Advancing Workforce Development Award.
Congressman McIntyre has been recognized by both the Air Force Association and the Association of the U.S. Army, and he represents the Armed Services Committee on the advisory board of the U.S. Naval Academy. He received the prestigious Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard Association for his work on behalf of our national defense, and The Military Officers Association of North Carolina has awarded him Honorary Life Membership because of his leadership and commitment to our armed forces, veterans, and military retirees.
Other organizations which have recognized Congressman McIntyre’s accomplishments include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Federation of Independent Business, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Southern Economic Development Council and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.
In 2006, after a decade of service on Capitol Hill, the Center for Christian Statesmanship honored Mike for “his character, leadership, integrity and faithfulness in public service,” by naming his the national Distinguished Christian Statesman of the Year.
Congressman McIntyre lives in Lumberton with his wife, Dee Strickland McIntyre. Their two sons, Joshua and Stephen, both won scholarships to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as undergraduates. Joshua is currently a student at the UNC School of law, where Stephen graduated in May 2009. Joshua’s wife, Caroline, also graduated from UNC and recently taught at Southeastern Academy.