|North Carolina State Senate District 1|
| Term in office began|
| Term in office ended|
January 25, 2011
Basnight received his diploma from Manteo High School.
Basnight was the owner of Lone Cedar Cafe from 1996 to 2007. He is a Contractor with Basnight Construction Company.
Basnight was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 4, 2010. Basnight won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 1, defeating Hood Richardson (R) in the election on November 2, 2010.
|North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 1 (2010)|
|Marc Basnight (D)||31,720||55.40%|
|Hood Richardson (R)||25,169||44.60%|
In 2008, Basnight collected $1,610,809 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|North Carolina Medical Society||$8,000|
|North Carolina Hospital Association||$8,000|
The legislature approved the creation of the North Carolina Education Lottery in 2005 through a process full of irregularities and identified by the John Locke Foundation as an example of "cronyism." As Senate President Pro Tem, Basnight announced that the Senate's work was finished for the year, but two weeks later on August 30, the Senate passed the lottery bill, with Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue casting the tiebreaker and two known opponents of the lottery absent.
Budget surplus "slush fund"
As Senate President Pro Tem, Basnight controlled 45% of a $21.3 million fund with very few limits on its use. The remainder of this secret fund, established in 1996 with the artificially created surplus from the 1995-96 budget, was controlled by House Speaker Harold Brubaker (45%) and Governor Jim Hunt (10%). About 250 groups received money from this fund, which was uncovered by the Carolina Journal in 1997. During his time as President Pro Tem, Basnight had control over several other similar funds, including $5 million for safety projects and $6.5 million of discretionary money appropriated to Cultural Resources. The John Locke Foundation identified these funds as examples of "cronyism."
Basnight was involved in three additional, costly projects identified as "cronyism" by the John Locke Foundation: the failed Randy Parton Theatre in Roanoke Rapids, incentives to bring Johnson & Wales culinary school to Charlotte, and Currituck Ferry.
Basnight is a widower and has two children.
- Official North Carolina State Senate website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Senator Basnight's State Surge
- Senator Basnight's LinkedIn
- Raleigh News and Observer, "Panel elects Basnight successor," January 24, 2011
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Results," accessed March 25, 2015
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "2008 General Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed December 18, 2014
- Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation, "Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reform," July 2012, p. 9
- Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation, "Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reform," July 2012, p. 14
- Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation, "Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reform," July 2012
|North Carolina State Senate District 1
1993–January 25, 2011
| Succeeded by|
Stan White (D)