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Tom Apodaca

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Tom Apodaca
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North Carolina State Senate District 48
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWestern Carolina University (1980)
Date of birthNovember 8, 1957
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Tom Apodaca (b. November 8, 1957) is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Apodaca is currently the Senate Deputy Republican Leader.


Apodaca earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Western Carolina University in 1980. He is President/Owner of Southeastern Sureties Group, Incorporated, and Fifth Avenue Travel, Incorporated. Apodaca also owns A and A Bonding Agency.

Committee assignments


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

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Education/Higher Education
Appropriations/Base Budget
Education/Higher Education
Judiciary I
Pensions & Retirement & Aging
Rules and Operations of the Senate
Ways & Means


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Apodaca served on these committees:


Voting rights legislation

Apodaca moved an "omnibus voting rights bill" to the North Carolina State Senate. Included in the bill were removal of the state's early voting period, Sunday voting, and same-day registration provisions. Some critics of the bill said it would hurt Democrats, who cast nearly 50% more early voting ballots than Republicans in 2012, and African-Americans, who accounted for almost 30% of all early voting in 2012. Apodaca, however, stated his belief that the law would improve the integrity of the voting process. Because of the Supreme Court's action on the Voting Rights Ac, the state would not require U.S. Department of Justice approval before the bill is signed into law.[1][2]



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Apodaca defeated Fremont V. Brown III in the Republican Primary on May 8. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

North Carolina State Senate, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Apodaca Incumbent 100% 62,736
Total Votes 62,736
North Carolina State Senate District 48 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Apodaca Incumbent 72.9% 18,950
Fremont V. Brown III 27.1% 7,039
Total Votes 25,989


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Apodaca won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 48, defeating Jon Dixon (D).[5]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 48 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Apodaca (R) 43,457 65.94%
Jon Dixon (D) 22,447 34.06%

Apodaca was not opposed in the primary election on May 4, 2010.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Apodaca won re-election to the 48th district in the North Carolina State Senate. Apodaca had no challenger. [7]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Apodaca collected $270,650 in donations.[8]

North Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Apodaca's campaign in 2010
North Carolina Association Of Realtors$8,000
Asheville Anesthesia Associates$8,000
Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians$8,000
Duke Energy$8,000
Progress Energy$8,000
Total Raised in 2010 $270,650


In 2008, Apodaca collected $219,472 in donations.[9]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Nationwide $12,000
Duke Energy $8,000
Bank of America $8,000
North Carolina Medical Society $8,000
Progress Energy $8,000


Apodaca and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

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