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Ralph Hise

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Ralph Hise
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North Carolina State Senate District 47
In office
January 26, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAppalachian State University (2000)
Master'sNorth Carolina State University (2003)
Office website
Campaign website
Ralph Hise is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

He served two terms as mayor of Spruce Pine.[1]


Hise earned his bachelor's degree in Statistics from Appalachian State University in 2000 and his master's degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University in 2003. His professional experience includes working as a member of the faculty at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.[1]

Committee assignments


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

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Health and Human Services
Health Care
Pensions & Retirement & Aging
Rules and Operations of the Senate


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


Campaign themes


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

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Senator Hise believes a balanced state budget and policies that allow businesses to create jobs are among the best tools we have for reviving our economy in western North Carolina."


  • Excerpt: "Senator Hise supports real changes and improvements to education – reforms that will help more students graduate and create a more educated workforce, which we all know is the cornerstone of a vibrant economy."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "Senator Hise feels strongly that the federal government should not force North Carolinians to buy any product, including health insurance."

Voter identification

  • Excerpt: "Senator Hise sponsored a hugely popular measure requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Studies show photo ID requirements boost voter confidence and participation. Gov. Perdue later vetoed the voter ID legislation."

Second Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt: "Senator Hise strongly supports protecting the Second Amendment rights of North Carolinians. Bills Senator Hise supported during the 2011 session included legislation to increase safeguards for property owners who use a weapon in self-defense and to expand the number of places citizens with a concealed carry permit can carry firearms."



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Ralph Hise defeated Michael Lavender in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Hise ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary and defeated Phil Feagan (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

North Carolina State Senate, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hise Incumbent 56.5% 46,415
     Democratic Phil Feagan 43.5% 35,799
Total Votes 82,214


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Hise won election to the North Carolina State Senate District 47 in the November 2 general election. Hise defeated incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D).[6]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 47 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Hise (R) 31,846 55.82%
Joe Sam Queen (D) 25,209 44.18%
North Carolina State Senate Republican Primary, District 47 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Hise 4,864
Tamera Frank 4,156
Andrew Webb 3,906

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hise is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hise raised a total of $965,167 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 29, 2013.[7]

Ralph Hise's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 47 Won $417,980
2010 North Carolina State Senate, District 47 Won $547,187
Grand Total Raised $965,167


Hise won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hise raised a total of $417,980.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Hise's campaign in 2012
North Carolina Republican Party$260,129
Eli Lilly & Co$11,000
Asheville Anesthesia Associates$8,000
North Carolina Medical Society$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$417,980
Source:Follow the Money


Hise and his wife, Linn, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Sam Queen (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 47
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