Jim Fulghum

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Jim Fulghum
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North Carolina House of Representatives District 49
Former member
In office
2013-July 19, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
M.D.University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1971
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1971 - 1991
Jim Fulghum, M.D. was a former Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 49 from 2012 to July 19, 2014. He died from metastatic esophageal cancer three weeks after he was diagnosed.[1]

Fulghum did not run for re-election to the House in 2014. He was a 2014 candidate for District 15 of the Senate. He withdrew from the race on July 3, 2014, citing ongoing treatment for cancer.[2]


Fulghum earned his B.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University and his M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1971. His professional experience includes working as a neurosurgeon. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1991.[3]

Committee assignments


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

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Job Development
Health and Human Services, Vice-chair


Campaign themes


Fulghum's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]


  • Excerpt: "Much more needs to be done to create a more positive business-friendly atmosphere where existing businesses can grow and we attract industries from out of state. We need to continue to reduce the overregulation of business – one of the biggest factors that stifle growth and job creation. It all boils down to freedom. Our economy will grow and prosper when small businesses across our state are free to have an idea, take chances, invest in their future and flourish without the burdensome restraint of overtaxation and overregulation. When that happens, we all benefit."

Role of government

  • Excerpt: "We should change our approach to state debt and allow no more State debt obligations of any kind without voter approval. The people of North Carolina benefit when there is less government intervention in their lives and individuals, families and businesses are freer to make decisions and seek opportunities that enhance their lives. When people are able to take care of themselves, the state is better off."


  • Excerpt: "If we are to fulfill our responsibilities as parents and public officials in educating our children, we’re going to have to work harder to see that local control and accountability go hand in hand."


  • Excerpt: "We should seek out and learn from the best regulatory and job start-up programs from states like Virginia, Texas, and Louisiana. These have all devised business-friendly programs — cutting red tape and bureaucratic hassles that often keep out businesses looking to relocate to low-tax states."

Growth of government

  • Excerpt: "To control the ever-increasing growth of government, I believe we need a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) in North Carolina. In addition, we should consolidate government programs where possible and find efficiencies that will save taxpayer money."


Fulghum's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]


  • Excerpt: "We need to limit the growth of government. The budget picture for each biennium should be developed within the parameters of a spending cap based on a combination of state population growth plus inflation."


  • Excerpt: "Professional educators should desire and expect to be rewarded for performance. Pay and advancement should be based on measurable, merit-based standards, fairly applied at regular intervals."


  • Excerpt: "We need to stop picking winners and losers by tax incentive programs, loan guarantees, and land deals. These methods are unfair to businesses already in North Carolina that find ways to cut costs and still make a profit without a government hand-out, and also lend themselves to arbitrary corruption."


  • Excerpt: "North Carolina needs to aggressively recruit other states’ support in demanding block grant appropriations for Medicaid. The General Assembly should instruct the Attorney General by resolution to accomplish this."



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. Tom Bradshaw was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Jim Fulghum defeated Apryl Major in the Republican primary. Fulghum withdrew from the race on July 3, 2014, citing ongoing treatment for cancer. He was replaced by John Alexander (R). Alexander defeated Bradshaw in the general election.[6][7]

North Carolina State Senate, District 15 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Alexander 50.4% 41,366
     Democratic Tom Bradshaw 49.6% 40,665
Total Votes 82,031


See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fulghum ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina House of Representatives District 49. He defeated J. Russell Capps in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012. Fulghum defeated Keith Karlsson (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9][10]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Fulghum 54% 28,300
     Democratic Keith Karlsson 46% 24,134
Total Votes 52,434
North Carolina House of Representatives District 49 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Fulghum 65.9% 8,300
J. Russell Capps 34.1% 4,303
Total Votes 12,603

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fulghum is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Fulghum raised a total of $480,542 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[11]

Jim Fulghum's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina House of Representatives, District 49 Won $480,542
Grand Total Raised $480,542


Fulghum won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fulghum raised a total of $480,542.
North Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Fulghum's campaign in 2012
Fulghum, James$149,049
North Carolina Republican Party$109,355
North Carolina Medical Society$8,000
Capital Area Radiological Association$6,000
Presbyterian Anesthesia Associates$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$480,542
Source:Follow the Money


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Fulghum and his wife, Mary, have two children. They currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Glen Bradley (R)
North Carolina House - District 49
2013–July 19, 2014
Succeeded by
Gary Pendleton (R)