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R. C. Soles, Jr.

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R. C. Soles, Jr.
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North Carolina State Senate District 8
Former senator
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney
R. C. Soles, Jr. (b. December 17, 1934) was a Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 8. Soles was a state senator in North Carolina from 1977 until 2011. Before joining the state senate, Soles served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1968-1976.

He was the permanent Democratic Caucus Chair in the 2009-2010 session of the state senate.

Soles earned a B.S. from Wake Forest University in 1956 and a JD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Law School in 1959.

Committee assignments

While a member of the North Carolina State Senate, Soles served on the following committees:



Soles did not seek re-election.


On November 4, 2008, Soles was re-elected to the 8th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Bettie Fennell (R) and Rachel Merrill(L). [1] Soles raised $815,067 for his campaign, while Fennell raised $178,742 and Merrill raised $207. [2]

North Carolina Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png R. C. Soles, Jr. (D) 47,905
Bettie Fennell (R) 45,093
Rachel Merrill (L) 5,454

Campaign donors


In 2008, Soles collected $815,067 in donations.[3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
R C Soles $341,000
North Carolina Democratic Party $169,839
Robert C Soles $50,000
Citizens for Higher Education $8,000
North Carolina Advocates for Justice $8,000

Home intruder incident

On August 23, 2009, Soles shot one of two intruders at his home. The injuries sustained by Kyle Blackburn were reported not to be life-threatening.[4]

Guilty of misdemeanor assault

In February 2010, Soles plead guilty to misdemeanor assault related to the incident and was fined $1,000. He was originally indicted on a felony assault charge, and if he had been convicted of that it would have disqualified him to hold public office. Blackburn had asked prosecutors not to charge soles with a crime.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
William Rabon (R)