E.S. "Buck" Newton

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E.S. "Buck" Newton
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North Carolina State Senate District 11
In office
January 26, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
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
Office website
E.S. "Buck" Newton is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Newton runs a private law practice in Wilson and is a small business owner.[1]

Committee assignments


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

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety
Education/Higher Education
Judiciary I
Rules and Operations of the Senate


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



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Newton sought re-election in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 11. He defeated Dennis Nielson in the Republican primary on May 8 and defeated Clarence A. Bender in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

North Carolina State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngE.S. "Buck" Newton Incumbent 60.8% 53,127
     Democratic Clarence A. Bender 39.2% 34,291
Total Votes 87,418
North Carolina State Senate District 11 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngE.S. "Buck" Newton 80.5% 14,344
Dennis Nielsen 19.5% 3,477
Total Votes 17,821


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Newton defeated incumbent A. B. Swindell (D) in the general election on November 2.[5]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 11 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png E.S. "Buck" Newton (R) 30,266 52.88%
A.B. Swindell (D) 26,970 47.12%

Newton defeated Randall Johnson and Donnie Weaver in the May 4 Republican primary.[6]

North Carolina State Senate Republican Primary, District 11 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eldon Newton 2,568
Randall Johnson 1,008
Donnie Weaver 811

Campaign related lawsuit

Newton filed a defamation lawsuit against Swindell related to campaign mailers authorized by Swindell and paid for by the N.C. Democratic Party. Newton said Swindell and the NCDP libeled him in the mailer, which stated Newton was arrested and charged with several drug charges including selling cocaine.[7] However, court records show the charges were dropped, because it was a case of mistaken identity.

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Newton raised a total of $310,712 in campaign contributions.[8]

His six largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Carolina Republican Party $193,099
Newton Jr., Eldon S $5,383
Joyner Jr., Gold $4,000
Bender II, Neil Carmichael $4,000
Williford, Tim $4,000
Bender, Bridget H $4,000


Newton currently resides in Wilson, North Carolina.

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Preceded by
A.B. Swindell (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 11
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