David Curtis (North Carolina legislator)

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David Curtis
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North Carolina State Senate District 44
In office
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Master'sSouthern College of Optometry
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service5
Office website
Campaign website
David L. Curtis is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Curtis earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He later earned a Doctorate in Optometry from Southern College of Optometry. Curtis is the owner of Carolina Eye Care. He served for five years in the United States Air Force.

Committee assignment


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

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Education/Higher Education
Education/Higher Education
Health Care
Pensions & Retirement & Aging


Campaign themes


Curtis' website highlighted the following issues:[1]

  • "Christian worldview"
  • "Working for smaller government, fewer regulations, and a job creating environment"
  • "Working toward getting our state financial house in order so we can lower"
  • "Taxes for all North Carolina citizens and businesses in North Carolina, thereby creating more jobs"



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent David Curtis was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5]


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Curtis ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 44. He was opposed in the Republican primary on May 8 by Karen Ray and Chris Carney. Curtis advanced to a primary runoff on July 17, 2012, where he defeated Chris Carney. He defeated Ross Bulla (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

North Carolina State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Curtis 65.9% 60,167
     Democratic Ross Bulla 34.1% 31,197
Total Votes 91,364
North Carolina State Senate District 44 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Carney (advanced to runoff) 35.1% 8,865
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Curtis (advanced to runoff) 34.1% 8,613
Karen Ray 30.9% 7,809
Total Votes 25,287

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Curtis is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Curtis raised a total of $50,954 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 29, 2013.[8]

David Curtis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 44 Won $50,954
Grand Total Raised $50,954


Curtis won election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Curtis raised a total of $50,954.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Curtis (North Carolina legislator)'s campaign in 2012
North Carolina State Optometric Society$9,000
Tucker, Ken$3,000
Curtis, Lamar$2,550
Chang, Richard$1,500
Jicha, Dianna$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$50,954
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 9 to July 26. In 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly will be in session from May 14 through a date to be determined by the legislature.

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Curtis and his wife, Rachel, have three children and four grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Daniel (R)
North Carolina State Senate District 44
Succeeded by