Claude E. Pope, Jr. was elected Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party at the Party’s Annual Convention in June of last year. Prior to his election, he served as Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party from March 2009 through November 2010, where he lead a growing grassroots effort of local Republicans to recruit, train, support, and elect Republican candidates in local school board, municipal, county and legislative races. In 2009, under his leadership, Republican-backed candidates won 12 of 18 races, including sweeping all four school board seats, and turning an 8-1 liberal majority to a 4-3 Republican majority. In 2010, his efforts once again lead to major victories in Wake County including sweeping all four County Commission races (and regaining the majority on the commission), electing Republican legislators & judges, and winning Wake County for Senator Burr – the first time a Republican U.S. Senate candidate ever won Wake County.
Pope, a Raleigh native, has a long history of civic leadership. He served as Vice Chairman of the Wake County GOP from 1990-1992. He is a past member of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and was appointed by Governor Martin to serve on the State of North Carolina Economic Development Board. He also served as the Chairman of the NC Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) from 2008 through 2013. He is a founding member of the Raleigh/Durham chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and won the Raleigh Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Professional of the Year award in 1991. Pope was elected to the Board of Directors of Independent Stationers, Inc. in 2000 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2003. Most recently, Pope was instrumental in the founding of the Bald Head Island Chamber of Commerce and was elected as its first President – a role he continues to serve today.
Pope began his career at Alfred Williams & Co. where he became a top Contract Furniture salesman. In 1995, he acquired the Office Supply Division of the company from the Williams family, and renamed it Office Supply Solutions. In 2000, Office Supply Solutions’ name and business model changed to Getitquick.com, which focused on providing standard 1-2 hour delivery on thousands of office products. Under Pope’s leadership the business continued to grow and was then sold to Myofficeproducts, Inc. of Nashville, Tenn. in 2007. He served a brief stint as a director of sales for Staples’ Contract Furniture Division, and in January of 2011, returned to his entrepreneurial roots when he acquired the Maritime Market on Bald Head Island, NC. Maritime Market is the island’s only grocery store and employs over 75 people during the peak season.
Pope attended college at Jacksonville University in Florida and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He also was a member of the Birthing of Giants class of 2001, which is a leading entrepreneurial program run by the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. Magazine, and YEO International.
Pope and his wife Melissa reside on Bald Head Island and have been married for over 32 years. They have two sons, a daughter, and two grand daughters. In his free time he enjoys writing fiction, playing golf and traveling with his family.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher was elected as the Republican National Committeewoman from North Carolina in June of 2008, and reelected in 2012 thereby being the first black woman to serve in this position. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is currently a member of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women and serves the 2012 campaign of Gov. Mitt Romney as a member of his Black Leadership Council, the Women for Mitt Advisory Board and any other capacity where asked.
Fisher is extremely active in politics being a willing advocate for the party and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina in 2002, a candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina’s 12thDistrict in 2004 and 2006, and a candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives in District 77 in 2008. She has also established a medical career as a consultant for Occupational Health Services including her tenure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Salisbury , NC, the Medical Director for Amoco Oil Company, Independent Medical Examiner and prolific community volunteer particularly in working with students who have dropped out of high school. Fisher is a licensed physician, credentialed teacher in secondary education for mathematics and science and is an author, poet, columnist and effective public speaker. Her newest work, Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I foreshadows a new era in politics with an understanding of the Republican and conservative past. Dr. Fisher currently resides in Salisbury, NC and has two adult sons.
Todd Poole is currently serving as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party. Poole is a seasoned political and governmental affairs veteran with nearly 15 years of professional experience. He is currently on leave of absence as the Managing Partner of Red Dome Group, a political consulting, public affairs and issue advocacy group.
Prior to co-founding the Red Dome Group, Poole served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Virginia Foxx who represents the Fifth District of North Carolina. Before being promoted to Chief of Staff in March 2007, Poole served as Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director for nearly three years. Additionally, Poole served as campaign manager for Congresswoman Foxx’s successful re-election campaigns in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Prior to joining Foxx’s staff, Poole served as a North Carolina Field Representative on the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign, where he managed grassroots operations in North Carolina. Poole has also consulted, managed and volunteered for many other federal, state and local campaigns including managing Jay Helvey’s congressional campaign in the most expensive House race in the history of North Carolina. As a first time candidate in a crowded primary, Helvey raised $1.4 Million and led the nation in fundraising his first quarter in the race.
Additional experience includes six-years of serving as an assistant to then-Rep. Richard Burr, where he worked in both his Washington and District offices. During his time with Burr, Poole managed issues pertaining to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Postal Service. He also served as a liaison between constituents and local, state, and federal agencies, as well as, community, consumer and non-profit organizations.
Poole earned a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Appalachian State University, where he served as Student Body Vice President. Poole currently resides in Advance, NC with his wife, Marcela, son, Jacob, and dog, Scooter.
Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor of North Carolina on January 5, 2013. McCrory was raised in Guilford County, North Carolina. He earned degrees in education and political science from Catawba College. McCrory was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1995 and went on to serve a record seven terms. He received a presidential appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He also founded the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance in 1995. McCrory works for the firm Moore & Van Allen on energy issues, economic development and strategic initiatives. He resides in Charlotte with his wife Ann and their dog, Mo.
TILLIS, Thomas Roland (Thom), a Senator from North Carolina; born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., August 30, 1960; B.A., University of Maryland University College, 1997; management consultant; member of the Cornelius (N.C.) board of commissioners 2003-2005; member of the North Carolina house of representatives 2007-2014, serving as speaker of the house 2011-2014; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.
BURR, Richard M., a Senator and a Representative from North Carolina; born in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., November 30, 1955; graduated from Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1974; B.A., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1978; unsuccessful candidate for election to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1995-January 3, 2005); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate in 2004; reelected in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017; chair, Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).
FOXX, Virginia Ann, a Representative from North Carolina; born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 29, 1943; graduated from Crossnore High School, Crossnore, N.C., 1961; A.B., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1968; M.A.C.T., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1972; Ed.D., University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C., 1985; instructor, Caldwell Community College, Hudson, N.C.; instructor, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.; assistant dean, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.; president, Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine, N.C., 1987-1994; landscape nursery owner; deputy secretary for management, North Carolina Department of Administration; member of the Watauga County, N.C., board of education, 1976-1988; member, North Carolina state senate, 1994-2004; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2005-present).
ELLMERS, Renee, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Ironwood, Gogebic County, Mich., February 9, 1964; graduated from Madison High School, Madison Heights, Mich.; B.S., Oakland University, Rochester, Mich., 1990; registered nurse; hospital administrator; member of the Dunn, N.C., planning board, 2006-2010; chair, Dunn, N.C., planning board, 2008-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
WALKER, Bradley Mark, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Dothan, Houston County, Ala., May 20, 1969; attended Trinity Baptist College, Jacksonville, Fla., 1987-1988; B.A., Piedmont International University, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1999; businessman; minister; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
ROUZER, David, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Landstuhl, Germany, February 16, 1972; graduated from Northern High School, Durham, N.C.; B.S., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., 1994; businessman; associate administrator and rural administrator, United States Department of Agriculture, 2005-2006; staff, United States Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, 1996-2000; staff, United States Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, 2003-2005; member of the North Carolina state senate, 2009-2012; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives in 2012; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
HOLDING, George E.B., a Representative from North Carolina; born in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., April 17, 1968; B.A., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.; J.D., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1996; lawyer, private practice; staff, United States Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, 1998-2002; assistant United States attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2002-2006; United States attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2006-2011; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
MEADOWS, Mark, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Verdun, France, July 28, 1959; attended, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.; B.A., University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.; public relations director; business owner; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
PITTENGER, Robert, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Dallas, Dallas County, Tex., August 15, 1948; B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Tex., 1970; campus ministry organizer; business owner; member of the North Carolina state senate, 2003-2008; unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor of North Carolina in 2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
HUDSON, Richard, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Franklin, Va., November 4, 1971; graduated from Myers Park High School, Charlotte, N.C.; B.A., University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1996; communications director, North Carolina Republican party; business owner; staff, United States Representative Robert (Robin) Hayes of North Carolina, 2000-2005; staff, United States Representative Virginia Ann Foxx of North Carolina, 2005-2006; staff, United States Representative John R. Carter of Texas, 2006-2009; staff, United States Representative K. Michael Conaway of Texas, 2009-2011; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
McHENRY, Patrick T., a Representative from North Carolina; born in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., October 22, 1975; graduated Ashbrook High School, Gastonia, N.C., 1994; attended North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; B.A., Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, N.C., 1999; realtor; appointed special assistant to the United States Secretary of Labor by President George W. Bush in 2001; member, North Carolina house of representatives, 2002- 2004; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2005-present).
JONES, Walter Beaman, Jr., (son of Walter Beaman Jones, Sr.), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Farmville, Pitt County, N.C., February 10, 1943; graduated from Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va., 1961; B.A., Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College), Wilson, N.C., 1966; North Carolina National Guard, 1967-1971; member of the North Carolina state house of representatives, 1983-1992; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1995-present).