Patricia Keever

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Patricia Keever
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North Carolina House of Representatives District 115
In office
2010 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
AppointedSeptember 8, 2010
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRetired teacher
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Patricia Keever (b. December 20, 1947) was a Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 115. Keever was appointed to the seat on September 8, 2010.[1] She was re-elected to her first full term on November 2, 2010. Keever defeated Terry Bellamy and Timothy Murphy in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[2]

She worked in the public realm both as a public school teacher for 25 years and a three-term member of the Bruncombe County Commission. She then ran for U.S. Congress against Charles Taylor, but lost the election.

Keever earned her bachelor's degree from Duke University. After the death of her first husband, she re-married. She and her husband Jim have five grandchildren.[3]

Keever was defeated by Republican incumbent Patrick T. McHenry on November 6, 2012.[4]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Keever served on the following committees:

  • Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety


Campaign themes


Keever's website talked about the following issues:

  • Jobs and Economy
  • "Invest in the green job market."
  • "Support small businesses through tax incentives and community college training programs for their employees."
  • "Change the state tax structure to create a more equitable way to raise funds for services the state must provide."
  • "Support adequate child care options so that parents can work."
  • "Look for and support opportunities to revive manufacturing options for our region using our local natural resources to create jobs."
  • Jobs
  • "Support programs for early childhood education and new parent education."
  • "Create and require a course in the 9th grade which will include financial literacy, pertinent sex education, child development and civic responsibility."
  • "Support arts in the schools."
  • Environment
  • "Support statewide steep slope legislation in order to protect home owners as well as the mountains."
  • "Oppose the purchase of mountain top removal coal and the construction of additional coal-fired power plants in North Carolina."
  • "Support alternate energy sources such as solar and wind energy."
  • Healthcare
  • "Support programs that promote wellness as a preventive health measure which will save valuable tax dollars."
  • "Support health insurance for all citizens, especially children; expand SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program)."
  • "Support access to primary care for all citizens and prevent the need for emergency rooms as a source of primary care."



See also: North Carolina's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Keever ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 10th District. Keever won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Keever defeated Terry Bellamy, and Timothy Murphy in the May 8, 2012, primary.[2] Keever was looking to unseat incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry (R).

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[5] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[5]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Patricia Keever 43% 144,023
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick McHenry Incumbent 57% 190,826
Total Votes 334,849
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary results

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatsy Keever 57.9% 36,791
Terry Michelle Bellamy 26.5% 16,865
Timothy Murphy 15.6% 9,908
Total Votes 63,564


See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Keever won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives. Keever defeated Mark Crawford (R) in the general election.[7]

North Carolina State House, General Election, District 115, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Keever 56.2% 15,775
     Republican Mark Crawford 43.8% 12,282
Total Votes 28,057


Keever defeated incumbent D. Bruce Goforth in the Democratic primary on May 4 by a margin of 3,683-2,481. [8] Goforth was seeking his fifth term.

North Carolina House of Representatives May 4 Primary, District 115 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Keever 59.8% 3,683
D. Bruce Goforth Incumbent 40.2% 2,481
Total Votes 6,164

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Keever lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Keever's campaign committee raised a total of $428,274 and spent $419,465.[9]


In 2010, Keever raised a total of $122,878 in campaign contributions.[10]

Her largest four donors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Carolina Democratic Party House Caucus $26,491
Lillians List of North Carolina $4,000
Oliver, James $4,000
Swafford, Jane O $4,000


Keever is widowed and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina House - District 115
Succeeded by
Nathan Ramsey (R)