|N.C. Senator||N.C. Senate 12||Former|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|March 27, 1942||Raleigh, NC||Clayton, NC|
Fred Smith is a former state senator and one-time candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. A former cattleman, lawyer, developer and state senator, he grew up in the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, where his parents worked. He became a multi-millionaire working as a lawyer and head of companies that build homes and pave roads. He served one term as a Johnston county commissioner in 2000, then won state Senate races in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In office, he has co-sponsored bills that would ban gay marriage in the state constitution, raise the cap on charter schools and restrict the use of eminent domain. He was the prime sponsor of a law that makes it a crime to break into a place of worship. After coming in second in the primary, he considered a run for head of the N.C. Republican Party.
Until a few years ago, he competed in triathlons.
Eagle Forum, National Rifle Association
Sons, Jule, Duval and Reid; daughters, Heather and Amber
Fred Smith is a former state senator and one-time candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Fred Julius Smith Jr. was born in Raleigh on March 27, 1942, to Fred and Eudell Smith.
His father was a teacher and coach and his mother a cottage housemother at the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, now the site of Fred Fletcher Park.
As a child, he delivered newspapers and was in the Boy Scouts.
At Broughton High School in Raleigh, he played football and baseball, was a member of the Spanish Club and the Monogram Club and served as president of the Social Studies Club.
He graduated on June 1, 1960.
In 1966, he earned a law degree from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He passed the North Carolina bar exam that year.
He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Clayton.
He lives in Clayton with his wife, Ginny. His sons, Jule, Duval and Reid; his daughter, Heather, and his sons-in-law David and Jake work for the Fred Smith Co.
After law school, Smith served in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate General.
From 1968 to 1970, he worked as a Judge Advocate at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Pine Bluff, Ark.
He achieved the rank of captain and earned the First Oak Leaf Cluster.
After he left the Army, Smith worked in Raleigh as a managing partner in the Smith Debnam Hibbert & Pahl law firm, now known as Smith Debnam Narrown Wyche Story & Myers.
Since 2005, the Fred Smith Co. and C.C. Mangum have voluntarily participated in a federal program that allows businesses to check employees' immigration status online.
He currently serves on the board of trustees of Campbell University.
In 2000, Smith served a term as Johnston County commissioner.
In 2002, he was elected to the state Senate as a Republican, winning re-election in 2004 and 2006.
He was the prime sponsor of a law that makes it a crime to break into a place of worship.
On March 23, 2007, Smith announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for governor at a rally at Fred Fletcher Park in Raleigh.
He campaigned for local sheriffs to be given the authority to fight illegal immigration and for the state to stop transferring money from the Highway Trust Fund to the general fund. He argued for a "free-market" solution to health care, saying that people have to be personally responsible.
He's also said affirmative action has no place in higher education.
Through the fall and winter, Smith campaigned in all 100 counties in the state, traveling in a used motorhome he converted to a mobile office. At each stop, he typically served barbecue, played a song by Lee Greenwood written for his campaign, gave a short stump speech and signed copies of his self-published autobiography.
He was endorsed by the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund and the state chapter of the Eagle Forum.
After coming in second, he considered a run for he head of the N.C. Republican Party.
Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith and Matt Tomsic.
|bachelor of arts
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University