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Phil Berger
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North Carolina State Senate District 26
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sDanville Community College (1978)
Bachelor'sAverett University (1980)
J.D.Wake Forest (1983)
Personal
ProfessionAttorney, The Berger Law Firm, Private Company
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Phil Berger is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. Berger currently serves as State Senate President Pro Tempore.

Biography

Berger is an attorney with The Berger Law Firm.

Committee assignments

2013-2013

As President Pro Tempore, Berger does not serve on any committees. He appoints Senate members to their respective committees.

2011-2012

As President Pro Tempore, Berger does not serve on any committees. He appoints Senate members to their respective committees.

2009-2010

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

Issues

DOT Contingency Fund

Due to the lack of oversight and limits on its use, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Contingency Fund was identified as a slush fund and an example of cronyism by the John Locke Foundation. Reduced from $15 million to $12 million in 2010, Berger controls $4 million of this fund in his role as State Senate President Pro Tempore. House Speaker Thom Tillis and DOT Secretary Tony Tata also each control $4 million.[1]

Recognition

In May 2011, Governing Magazine named Berger one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.[2]

Regulatory Reform

Berger promised a 2012 meeting of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, as summarized by the Carolina Journal, that regulatory "reforms would continue until regulations in North Carolina are lean, fair, equitable, and help rather than hurt citizens, taxpayers, and business."[3]

Campaign themes

2014

Berger's website highlights the following campaign themes:[4]

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Small businesses are the engine of job creation. To get our state and our country back on track and back to work, we must leave more money in the private sector. The best way to spur job creation is to cut wasteful government spending, lower taxes, and lessen burdensome regulations."

Budget

  • Excerpt: "Families and small business owners who operate on budgets understand this: we have to live within our means. This is the year North Carolina starts doing that. "

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "But my Republican colleagues and I understand that North Carolina does not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem."

Education

  • Excerpt: "North Carolina must have a robust mix of traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, and home schools — giving parents and children numerous education options — in order to realize our potential."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: "Illegal immigration is wrong. The government owes it to you, the citizens, to protect our borders and enforce laws that prevent illegal immigration."

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Phil Berger was unopposed in the Republican primary, while William E. Osborne was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Berger and Osborne will face off in the general election.[5][6]

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

Berger was a potential 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina.[7][8] He declined to run on September 23, 2013.[9]

2012

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Berger defeated Bobby Coffer in the May 8 Republican primary. He defeated Bobby R. Stanley (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

North Carolina State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Berger Incumbent 61.1% 58,276
     Democratic Bobby R. Stanley 38.9% 37,092
Total Votes 95,368
North Carolina State Senate District 26 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Berger Incumbent 87.1% 19,414
Bobby Coffer 12.9% 2,874
Total Votes 22,288

2010

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Berger won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 26. He was unopposed in the general election.[12]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 26 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Berger (R) 43,952 100%

Berger was unopposed in the primary election on May 4, 2010.[13]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Berger won re-election to the 26th District in the North Carolina State Senate. Berger had no challenger.[14]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Berger is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Berger raised a total of $2,864,197 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.[15]

Phil Berger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $1,578,139
2010 North Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $614,743
2008 North Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $209,287
2006 North Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $282,915
2004 North Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $86,240
2002 North Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $62,295
2000 North Carolina State Senate, District 12 Won $30,578
Grand Total Raised $2,864,197

2012

Berger won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Berger raised a total of $1,578,139.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phil Berger's campaign in 2012
Dejoy, Louis$41,000
Wake Emergency Physicians$40,000
North Carolina Republican Party$20,473
North Carolina State Farm Agents & Associates$8,000
At&T$8,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,578,139
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Berger won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Berger raised a total of $614,743.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues and ideals.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Environment North Carolina: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on 20 bills picked by the organization that they consider the worst of the session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to pro-family and Biblical values.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to animal welfare, sponsoring animal welfare bills, completing the NCVAW survey and responsiveness to animal advocates constituents.

2011–2012

In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 26 to June 18. A special session dealing with redistricting began July 13 and ended July 28. In 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from May 16 to July 3.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.

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North Carolina State Senate District 26
2001–present
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