Kathryn Harrington

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Kathy Harrington
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North Carolina State Senate District 43
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
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Office website
Campaign website
Kathryn "Kathy" Harrington is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 43. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Harrington is a real estate broker.

Committee assignments


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

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Department of Transportation
Appropriations/Base Budget
Judiciary I
Rules and Operations of the Senate


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


Campaign themes


Harrington's website highlighted the following issues:

  • Jobs
  • "Reduce tax rates to make it more attractive for companies to locate and grow here, bringing more jobs to Gaston County."
  • "Improve roads and infrastructure as incentive for new business to locate here."
  • "Continue to support our community college system so we can provide a prepared workforce."
  • Taxes and Spending
  • "Pass “The Taxpayer Protection Act” limiting government spending to population growth plus inflation."
  • Cut the gasoline tax."
  • "Oppose legislators using taxpayer money for pork barrel projects like teapot museums and a 25 million dollar fishing pier."
  • Education
  • "Establish a vocational/technical/career high school model to reduce the state’s 30% drop out rate."
  • "Introduce locally tailored ninth grade transition programs for at-risk freshmen."
  • "Streamline school finance so more money gets to the classroom where it can do the most good."

No-New-Taxes Pledge

Nine of North Carolina’s 45 incoming freshman state legislators signed a pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." The pledge was in line with each of their campaign promises to fix the state’s fiscal hole without resorting to tax hikes. At the time they signed the pledge, North Carolina was looking at a budget deficit as high as $4 billion in 2011.

Harrington signed the pledge in November 2010.[1]



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 Kathryn Harrington is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2][3]


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Harrington ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8. She was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

North Carolina State Senate, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKathryn Harrington Incumbent 100% 57,752
Total Votes 57,752


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010'

Harrington won election to the North Carolina State Senate District 43 in the November 2 general election. Harrington defeated James Long (D).[5]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 43 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Kathryn Harrington (R) 28,504 69.54%
James Long (D) 12,488 30.46%

Harrington, with 3,927 votes, defeated Ernest Neumann (1,960), Kenneth Bowen (738) and James England (149) in the May 4 Republican primary.

North Carolina State Senate Republican Primary, District 43 (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Kathryn Harrington 3,790
Ernest Neumann 1,960
Kenneth Bowen 738
James England 149

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harrington is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Harrington raised a total of $380,776 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 29, 2013.[6]

Kathryn Harrington's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 43 Won $104,379
2010 North Carolina State Senate, District 43 Won $115,141
2008 North Carolina State Senate, District 43 Defeated $161,256
Grand Total Raised $380,776


Harrington won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Harrington raised a total of $104,379.


Harrington and her husband, Michael, have two children.[7]

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Preceded by
David W. Hoyle (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 43
Succeeded by