Marc Basnight

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Marc Basnight
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North Carolina State Senate District 1
Former senator
Term in office began
Term in office ended
January 25, 2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Contractor
Marc Basnight (b. May 13, 1947) was Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 1.

Basnight joined the North Carolina State Senate in 1985. He then became President Pro Tempore in 1993. He resigned on January 25, 2011.[1]


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.



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Basnight was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 4, 2010.[2] Basnight won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 1, defeating Hood Richardson (R) in the election on November 2, 2010.[3]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 1 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marc Basnight (D) 31,720 55.40%
Hood Richardson (R) 25,169 44.60%


On November 4, 2008, Basnight won re-election to the 1st District in the North Carolina State Senate. Basnight had no challenger.[4]

Campaign donors


In 2008, Basnight collected $1,610,809 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
James Goodnight $8,000
David Upchurch $8,000
North Carolina Medical Society $8,000
North Carolina Hospital Association $8,000
Fred Hobbs $8,000


Education Lottery

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.[6]

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."[7]

State-funded projects

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.[8]


Basnight is a widower and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 1
1993–January 25, 2011
Succeeded by
Stan White (D)