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|U.S. House, North Carolina , District 7|
|High school||Horace Mann High School|
|Bachelor's||New York University|
|Birthday||August 28, 1971|
|Place of birth||New York, New York|
|Profession||former United States Marine Corps second lieutenant, author, commentator|
Pantano gained national attention in 2004 when as a U.S. Marine, he was accused of premeditated murder of two insurgent Iraqis during a unit mission near Fallujah. The charges were later dropped, but due to safety concerns for his family, Pantano resigned his officer post and was give an honorable discharge. He chronicled his experience in the best-selling book, "Warlord: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy."
Pantano ran for Congress in 2010, but lost in the general election to incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre (D).
Pantano ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 7th District. Pantano sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Pantano was defeated by David Rouzer in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013. North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.
|North Carolina's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Ilario Gregory Pantano||44.5%||31,752|
As of April 18, 2012, Pantano had raised $417,295 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $397,227, leaving him with $30,515 cash on hand. Of that, 87 percent came from individual contributions, seven percent from PAC contributions, and five percent from candidate self-financing.
- Star News Online Ilario Pantano plans to run for U.S. House seat in 2012 January 12, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
- Washington Post Marine's Shooting of Iraqis Justified, Probe Concludes January 12, 2012
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
- opencongress.org Accessed May 5, 2012