Meet Sam Searcy

"Too many politicians in Washington are out of touch with the challenges that North Carolina families face, and they need someone who has gone through those same struggles, solved problems, and will put their needs first. Families in this district deserve a representative who knows what a reliable local job, quality education and just a little bit more financial security can mean for a family, and who will fight for them every single day. I will be that voice for North Carolina."

-- Sam Searcy

Sam Searcy for Congress

Meet Sam Searcy

"Too many politicians in Washington are out of touch with the challenges that North Carolina families face, and they need someone who has gone through those same struggles, solved problems, and will put their needs first. Families in this district deserve a representative who knows what a reliable local job, quality education, and just a little bit more financial security can mean for a family, and who will fight for them every single day. I will be that voice for North Carolina."

-- Sam Searcy

Sam Searcy grew up on a tobacco and dairy farm in western North Carolina. His mom worked as a teacher’s assistant and his dad worked in a factory until his job was sent overseas. His family struggled and eventually lost their home. Sam began working at 14, finished high school, and then put himself through college at Appalachian State University and law school at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He took out student loans and worked on campus to make ends meet.

After graduating, Sam worked in the Triangle, but when the Great Recession hit, he was laid off. To take care of his family, he took a job at the Lowe’s Garden Center. A few years later, he became an entrepreneur, starting his own local companies, which now employ upwards of eighty people.

When Republicans in the General Assembly passed HB 2, the “Bathroom Bill,” Sam saw firsthand how it destroyed business for North Carolina companies, and he felt that hateful legislation was totally detached from the North Carolina he knew. It motivated him to run for public office, where he beat a Republican incumbent to serve Wake County in the State Senate.

In the State Senate, Sam was a champion for North Carolina schools and our students, focusing a great deal of his legislative work on increasing teacher pay, addressing the needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic, and getting our schools the resources that they need. He fought to protect and expand voting rights, and against all forms of voter suppression, with bills to end gerrymandering, establish automatic voter registration, and expand access to absentee ballots. He demanded a full repeal of HB 2 and was a Primary Sponsor of the Equality for All Act, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, credit and lending, insurance, public accommodation, and education. He stood up for the rights of women and fought for equal pay for equal work. He never stopped fighting to expand Medicaid, and to support our schools, food banks, first responders, and medical institutions and providers during the pandemic. He sponsored bills to protect our environment, by banning offshore drilling off the North Carolina coast, setting ambitious clean energy goals to reduce carbon emissions, and addressing PFAS (toxic foam) discharge in our water. Nine bills that he sponsored were passed into law, and Sam gained a reputation for getting things done.

Sam currently serves on the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, appointed by Governor Cooper. The Board oversees the North Carolina Community College System of the “Great Fifty-Eight” Community Colleges in our state, which is the best and third-largest system in the nation. Sam has been proud to support the system as our institutions have expanded learning opportunities and programs in a variety of fields that match students of all ages with skills and careers in good-paying jobs.

Sam is running for Congress because he believes that North Carolina working families need a fighter for them in Washington. He is committed to expanding access to quality affordable healthcare, protecting the right to vote of every American, and ensuring that women maintain their reproductive rights. Sam lives in Holly Springs, with his wife Shauna, and their four children.

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