Bob Rucho

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Bob Rucho
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North Carolina State Senate District 39
Incumbent
In office
1997 - 2004, 2008 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position (current service)6
Years in position (previous service)7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedJune 9, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNortheastern University (1970)
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte (1994)
OtherDDS, Medical College of Virginia (1974); Prosthodontics, Boston University (1977)
Personal
BirthdayDecember 8, 1948
ProfessionDentist
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bob Rucho (b. December 8, 1948) is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 39. He was first appointed to the chamber in June 2008.

Rucho previously served in the Senate from 1997 to 2004.

Biography

Rucho earned his B.S. from Northeastern University in 1970 and his D.D.S from the Medical College of Virginia in 1974. Rucho later earned his Advanced Degree in Prosthodontics from Boston University in 1977. He also holds a M.B.A from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1994. Rucho is the former Chief of the Department of Dentistry at Carolinas Medical Center. He is a practicing dentist and prosthodontics specialist.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rucho served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Education/Higher Education
Appropriations/Base Budget
Commerce
Education/Higher Education
Finance
Health Care
Insurance
Judiciary I

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rucho served on these committees:

Redistricting

Rucho has been selected to chair the Senate Redistricting Committee. Said Rucho, "I look forward to leading the Senate efforts during the redistricting process. We will work prudently and deliberately to draw fair and legal lines for districts across the state that will uphold the right of the people of North Carolina to choose their representatives."[1]

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rucho served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign issues

Rucho's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Keep North Carolina’s economy healthy and growing

  • Excerpt: "Reduce corporate and individual tax rate to attract new businesses and jobs."
  • Excerpt: "Educate and train workforce for 21st century jobs."
  • Excerpt: "Reduce unnecessary government regulation and pass product tort reform."

Lower taxes on families and businesses

  • Excerpt: "Reduce North Carolina’s income tax and small business tax which are currently the highest in the Southeast."
  • Excerpt: "Establish a Taxpayer Protection Act to control wasteful government spending."

Improve education and decrease the high school dropout rate

  • Excerpt: "Emphasize vocational and technical training in high schools."
  • Excerpt: "Direct educational resources from the bureaucracy to the classroom."
  • Excerpt: "Improve discipline to create safe learning environments."

Help North Carolina become "The Good Roads State" again

  • Excerpt: "Eliminate corruption, incompetence and waste in DOT."
  • Excerpt: "Stop raiding the highway trust fund."
  • Excerpt: "Change the way roads are funded so urban areas can solve their own congestion and gridlock problems."

Crack down on illegal immigration

  • Excerpt: "Make English the official language of government and business in North Carolina."
  • Excerpt: "No welfare and entitlement benefits, no driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants."
  • Excerpt: "Penalize employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants."

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 6, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Bob Rucho will face Matt Arnold in the Republican primary.[3][4]

2012

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Rucho ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8 and defeated Jack Flynn (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

North Carolina State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Rucho Incumbent 61.6% 61,006
     Democratic Jack Flynn 38.4% 38,025
Total Votes 99,031

2010

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Rucho won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 39 in the November 2 general election. He ran unopposed.[6]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 39 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Bob Rucho (R) 48,373 100%

Rucho also was not opposed in the primary election on May 4, 2010.[7]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rucho won re-election to the 39th District in the North Carolina State Senate. Rucho had no challenger.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rucho is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Rucho raised a total of $1,569,283 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 29, 2013.[9]

Bob Rucho's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $390,946
2010 North Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $296,683
2008 North Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $481,455
2002 North Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $104,408
2000 North Carolina State Senate, District 35 Won $143,385
1998 North Carolina State Senate, District 35 Won $36,960
1996 North Carolina State Senate, District 35 Won $115,446
Grand Total Raised $1,569,283

2012

Rucho won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Rucho raised a total of $390,946.

2010

Rucho won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Rucho raised a total of $296,683.

Personal

Rucho and his wife, Theresa, have two children.

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