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Bob Etheridge


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Preceded by David Funderburk

Born August 7, 1941 (1941-08-07) (age 68)
Sampson County, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Faye Etheridge
Residence Lillington, North Carolina
Alma mater Campbell University
Occupation farmer
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1965-1967

Bobby Ray "Bob" Etheridge (born August 7, 1941) is a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina, representing that state's 2nd congressional district(map). Etheridge, a Democrat was first elected to the House in 1996.

Born in Sampson County, North Carolina, Etheridge attended the Cleveland School and was a high school basketball standout. He attended Campbell University on an athletic scholarship and became the first member of his family to earn a diploma when he received a business degree in 1965. He served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. He has also done graduate work in the field of economics.

A tobacco farmer and hardware store owner by trade, Etheridge served as a Harnett County commissioner from 1973 to 1977. In 1978, he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he served for four terms and rose to chair the House Appropriations Committee. In 1988, Etheridge, who had gained a reputation for his strong stances on educational issues, was elected North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction. After serving two terms in that office, Etheridge was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996; he serves on the Agriculture, Budget, and Homeland Security committees. While in Congress, he has focused on farm issues, educational matters, and providing a balanced budget.

Etheridge was elected to his seventh consecutive term in the 2008 Congressional elections.[1] He defeated Republican Dan Mansell and Libertarian Will Adkins.

Bob Etheridge is a member of the New Democrat Coalition. He is active in Freemasonry and is currently the Grand Orator for North Carolina Freemasonry. Etheridge currently resides in Harnett County, North Carolina. His wife is a school nutritionist and they have three children and two grandchildren.

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  1. ^ Etheridge Wins Seventh Term In Office, Bob Etheridge for Congress, November 05, 2008, Accessed 2008-12-02
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Funderburk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd congressional district

1997–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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