ENG: Sue Wilkins Myrick (born August 1, 1941) was the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 9th congressional district, serving since 1995 to 2013. She is a member of the Republican Party. She is the first Republican woman to represent North Carolina in Congress. On February 7, 2012, she announced that she was retiring. She left Congress in January 2013 and was replaced by Robert Pittenger.
Early life, education, and business career
Myrick was born in 1941 in Tiffin, Ohio.
She graduated from Port Clinton High School in Port Clinton, Ottawa County, Ohio. She attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio between 1959 and 1960. Prior to going into public relations and advertising, she was a Sunday School Teacher. Sue is the former President and CEO of Myrick Advertising and Public Relations and Myrick Enterprises.
Charlotte city politics
Myrick ran for a seat on the Charlotte City Council unsuccessfully in 1981. In 1983, she was successfully elected to an At-Large District of the City Council and served until 1985.
In 1987, she was elected as the first, and so far only, female Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1989, when Sue Myrick was running for re-election as mayor of Charlotte, NC, she confessed to having had a relationship with her husband in 1973 while he was still married to his former wife. (She went on to win the election.)
1992 U.S. Senate election
In 1992, she ran for the nomination for a U.S. Senate seat, held by incumbent Democrat U.S.
Senator Terry Sanford. The Republican primary was won by Lauch Faircloth, who defeated Myrick and U.S. Congressman Walter Johnston 48%-30%-17%.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections
In 1994, Myrick was elected to the House, succeeding five-term incumbent Alex McMillan.
Myrick was overwhelmingly elected to her sixth consecutive term in the 2004 Congressional elections, earning 70% of the popular vote and defeating Democrat Jack Flynn. Similarly, she defeated Democrat William Glass in 2006 with almost 67% of the vote.
Two Charlotte-area Democrats announced challenges to Myrick in 2008—Harry Taylor and Ross Overby.
Myrick defeated Taylor with almost 63% of the vote.
On February 7, 2012, she announced that she was retiring from Congress after she was challenged by Matthews businessman Mike Steinberg, a Tea Party affiliate.
Sue is a wife; a mother of two children and three step-children. She and her husband, Ed Myrick, have 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Her second son, Dan Forest, was elected Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2012.
January 30, 2013