Charles Graham (American politician)

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Charles Graham
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 47th district
In office
January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2023
Preceded byRonnie Sutton
Succeeded byJarrod Lowery
Personal details
Born
Charles Vinson Graham Jr.

(1951-02-26) February 26, 1951 (age 72)
Pembroke, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of North Carolina, Pembroke (BS)
Appalachian State University (MEd)
Lehigh University (EdS)

Charles Vinson Graham Jr. (born February 26, 1951) is an American politician who served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 47th district.[1][2] Graham, a member of the state-recognized Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was the only Native American who was serving in the General Assembly[3] until the election of his successor Jarrod Lowery.[4]

Career[edit]

Graham is a former member of the Election Law Committee in the North Carolina State House of Representatives, and of the Subcommittee on Business and Labor in the North Carolina State House of Representatives. He also now serves on seven legislative committees: he is Vice Chair of the Agriculture committee, he serves on the Appropriations committee, he serves as the vice chair of the committee for Commerce and Job Development, he is a member of the insurance committee, he serves in the Subcommittee on Appropriations, Justice and Public Safety, he serves in the Subcommittee on Education, K-12, and also in the Transportation committee.[5]

During the 2016 legislative session, Graham was one of 11 Democrats to vote in favor of the House Bill 2, the controversial "Bathroom Bill."[6] In October 2021, Graham issued an apology for voting in favor of the bill.[7]

2022 congressional campaign[edit]

On October 5, 2021, Graham announced he was running for Congress in North Carolina's 9th congressional district.[8][9] His campaign video went viral on Twitter, where it received over 5 million views.[10]

Following redistricting, however, Graham switched to the 7th congressional district.[11]

Electoral history[edit]

2022[edit]

United States House of Representatives North Carolina's 7th congressional district Democratic primary election, 2022[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham 13,054 31.23%
Democratic Charles E. Evans 12,263 29.34%
Democratic Steve Miller 9,744 23.31%
Democratic Yushonda Midgette 6,738 16.12%
Total votes 41,799 100%

2020[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district general election, 2020[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham (incumbent) 14,470 52.44%
Republican Olivia Oxedine 13,126 47.56%
Total votes 27,596 100%
Democratic hold

2018[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district general election, 2018[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham (incumbent) 11,496 58.91%
Republican Jarrod Lowery 8,018 41.09%
Total votes 19,514 100%
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district Democratic primary election, 2016[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham (incumbent) 5,634 58.39%
Democratic Randall Jones 4,015 41.61%
Total votes 9,649 100%
North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district general election, 2016[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham (incumbent) 17,366 100%
Total votes 17,366 100%
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district general election, 2014[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham (incumbent) 9,978 100%
Total votes 9,978 100%
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district general election, 2012[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham (incumbent) 18,322 100%
Total votes 18,322 100%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district Democratic primary election, 2010[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham 4,544 51.04%
Democratic Ronnie Sutton (incumbent) 4,358 48.96%
Total votes 8,902 100%
North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district general election, 2010[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Graham 7,865 66.83%
Republican Brawleigh Jason Graham 3,903 33.17%
Total votes 11,768 100%
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives 47th district Democratic primary election, 2008[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ronnie Sutton (incumbent) 6,932 59.53%
Democratic Charles Graham 4,713 40.47%
Total votes 11,645 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Capwiz is Unavailable".
  3. ^ "State Advisory Council on Indian Education Members". www.ncpublicschools.org. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  4. ^ Nagem, Sarah (9 November 2022). "Robeson County voters flip NC House seat to GOP; Lowery wins". Border Belt Independent. Retrieved 19 April 2023. Lowery and Graham are both Lumbees, the largest Native American tribe east of the Mississippi River.
  5. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  6. ^ "Eleven Dems Voted for House Bill 2. We Called to Ask Why". INDY Week. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  7. ^ "North Carolina Democratic congressional candidate apologizes for voting for anti-trans "bathroom bill"". Metro Weekly. 2021-10-07. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  8. ^ Staff report (2021-02-15). "Lumberton's Rep. Charles Graham announces candidacy for 9th Congressional District". Robesonian. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  9. ^ "Home - Charles Graham for Congress". 2021-10-05. Archived from the original on 2021-10-05. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  10. ^ "North Carolina Congressional candidate's campaign ad goes viral". CNN. 2021-10-06.
  11. ^ Pew: Redistricting Delays Scramble State Elections
  12. ^ [1] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  13. ^ [2] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  14. ^ [3] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  15. ^ [4] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  16. ^ [5] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  17. ^ [6] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  18. ^ [7] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  19. ^ [8] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  20. ^ [9] North Carolina State Board of Elections.
  21. ^ [10] North Carolina State Board of Elections.

External links[edit]

North Carolina House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 47th district

2011–2023
Succeeded by