Douglas Carmichael "Mike" McIntyre II (born August 6, 1956) is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 7th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
The district is located in the southeastern corner of the state, and includes Wilmington and part of Fayetteville.
Early life, education and career
McIntyre is a lifelong resident of Lumberton. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a political science major in 1978 and received his Juris Doctor in 1981. McIntyre practiced as an attorney until his election to Congress. He also served on a variety of law and economics related councils in eastern North Carolina.
In 2008, McIntyre authored the Veterans Outreach Improvement Act.
The bill, which is designed to increase funding to veterans' programs, was passed by the House unanimously. He has also written legislation to help tobacco farmers receive government subsidies and buyouts. On September 29, 2008 he voted against the $700 billion bank bailout plan. He has indicated his opposition to the national Democratic party plans for a health care reform bill and in March 2010, McIntyre voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He said: "After we help jump start our economy, we should again turn our attention to health care reform – but with a clean slate." McIntyre indicated his support for repeal on multiple occasions. McIntyre was the only N.C. Democrat to vote against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In January 2011, McIntyre was one of 3 Democrats to vote with the unified Republican caucus for the repeal of the recent health care reform law. In 2011, he co-sponsored HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, The bill contained an exception for "forcible rape," which opponents criticized as potentially excluding drug-facilitated rape, date rape, and other forms of rape. The bill also allowed an exception for minors who are victims of incest. In July 2011, McIntyre was one of five Democrats to vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.
McIntyre entered the Democratic primary for the 7th District after 20-year incumbent Charlie Rose retired.
He finished second in a crowded seven-way primary, and won the runoff with 52 percent of the vote. He then defeated Republican New Hanover County Commissioner Bill Caster in the general election, also by 52 percent of the vote. He hadn't faced another contest nearly that close until 2010 when he was challenged by Republican nominee Ilario Pantano in the general election. A combined 3 million dollars was spent by both candidates in what turned out to be the most expensive U.S. House race in the state of North Carolina, but although the GOP made historic gains in the ensuing House takeover nationwide, Pantano only received 46% of the vote in the 7th District, including losing his home county of New Hanover.
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Representative McIntyre still lives in Lumberton with his wife, Dee Strickland McIntyre. They have two sons, Joshua and Stephen.
January 9th, 2012