Phil Berger, Jr.

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Phil Berger
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Candidate for
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 6
PartyRepublican
Education
High schoolJohn M. Morehead High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington
J.D.Wake Forest Law School
Personal
BirthdayMarch 26, 1972
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Campaign website
Phil Berger was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of North Carolina.[1] No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote in the May 6, 2014, primary election. Berger was defeated by Mark Walker in the runoff primary election on July 15, 2014.[2][3]

Biography

Berger has served as the District Attorney in Rockingham County, North Carolina since 2007. He won re-election to the office in 2010.[4]

Berger is the son of North Carolina State Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger.[5]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Berger listed the following issues on his campaign website:[6]

  • Healthcare: "I support the full repeal of Obamacare."
  • Second Amendment: "As a gun owner and lifetime member in the NRA, I strongly support the Second Amendment and Americans' rights to own and carry firearms."
  • Abortion: "I am pro-life and believe human life is sacred."
  • Education: "I am actively involved in expanding school choice in North Carolina and I'm proud to sit on the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools Board of Directors."

[7]

—Phil Berger, Jr., http://web.archive.org/web/20140714154827/http://www.philfornc.com/issues

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Berger ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 6th District. No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote in the May 6, 2014, primary election. A runoff primary election was held between the top two candidates.[2] Berger lost to Mark Walker in the runoff primary on July 15, 2014.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Berger, Jr. 34.3% 15,127
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 25.2% 11,123
Bruce VonCannon 11.5% 5,055
Zack Matheny 11.4% 5,043
Jeff Phillips 7.9% 3,494
Don Webb 4.3% 1,899
Mike Causey 3.2% 1,427
Kenn Kopf 1.2% 510
Charlie Sutherland 1% 458
Total Votes 44,136
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 60.1% 18,849
Phil Berger, Jr. 39.9% 12,527
Total Votes 31,376
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Berger received the following endorsements:

Ethics violation statement

In a televised debate on July 11, 2014, between Berger and fellow Republican runoff candidate Mark Walker, Walker claimed, "Just yesterday we were able to find out that the Chief Justice of Ethics of the North Carolina Supreme Court reprimanded him [Berger] for misleading the jury not based on the facts."[17] Walker later apologized for the inaccurate claim, as he had actually been citing a 1935 U.S. Supreme Court case involving a completely different person with the last name of Berger. Walker said that he had been given the information by "a government source in Raleigh."[17]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Berger's reports.[18]

Phil Berger, Jr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$0.00$117,676.00$(3,712.20)$113,963.80
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$113,963.80$108,571.84$(143,159.95)$79,375.69
Pre-Primary[21]April 25, 2014$79,375.69$43,387.99$(65,099.81)$57,663.87
Running totals
$269,635.83$(211,971.96)

Personal

Berger and his wife, Jodie, have two sons.[4] Berger is the son of Phil Berger, Sr., who is the President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina State Senate.[22]

See also

External links

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References

  1. Roll Call, "Phil Berger Jr. to Announce Congressional Bid in North Carolina," November 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "2014 runoff primary results," accessed July 15, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Phil Berger for Congress: "About Phil," accessed February 3, 2014
  5. WNCN, "Son of GOP's Berger to run for Congress in 2014," November 18, 2013
  6. Phil Berger for Congress: "Issues," accessed February 3, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Roll Call, "Howard Coble Endorses Successor in North Carolina," accessed May 16, 2014
  9. Phil Berger for Congress, "Representative Mike Hager Endorses Phil Berger for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  10. Phil Berger for Congress, "Congressman Mark Meadows Endorses Phil Berger for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  11. Phil Berger for Congress, "Congressman Patrick McHenry Endorses Phil Berger for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  12. Phil Berger for Congress, "Representative Sarah Stevens Endorses Phil Berger for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  13. Phil Berger for Congress, "State Representative Jason Saine Endorses Phil Berger for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  14. Phil Berger for Congress, "Newt Gingrich Endorses Phil Berger for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  15. Phil Berger for Congress, "Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Endorses Phil Berger for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  16. Tea Party Express, "Tea Party Express Endorses Phil Berger, Jr. for Congress," accessed July 16, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Winston-Salem Journal, "Berger seeks apology over false claim of ethics violation," accessed July 16, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Phil Berger, Jr. Summary Report," accessed May 16, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Phil Berger, Jr. Year-End," accessed May 16, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Phil Berger, Jr. April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Phil Berger, Jr. Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  22. News & Record, "The PAC attacks," accessed July 14, 2014