|Senate President Pro Tempore||N.C. Senate 1||Incumbent|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|May 13, 1947||Manteo, NC||Manteo, NC|
Basnight comes from a family of "high tiders" who have lived on the Outer Banks since the 1700s. He succeeded his uncle in the state Senate in 1984 and was elected president pro tempore in 1993. In the years since, he's built a powerful political machine. His major accomplishments have been creating the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and helping pass $3.1 billion in bonds for state colleges and the state lottery. He also appoints more than 700 members of state boards and frequently recommends candidates for state jobs. In 2001, he considered a run for the U.S. Senate.
Andy Griffith once rented a home from his parents.
Daughters, Vicki and Caroline
Marc Basnight is the president pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate and one of the most powerful political figures in the state.
Basnight comes from a family of "high tiders" who have lived on the Outer Banks since the 1700s.
He and his wife, Sandy, had two daughters, Vicki and Caroline.
Sandy Basnight died after a long illness on June 10, 2007.
In 1996, Basnight and his family opened the Lone Cedar Cafe on the causeway between Manteo and Nag's Head on the Outer Banks. The seafood restaurant employed about 100 people and was popular among locals. Actor Andy Griffith was among the regulars.
When the Senate was not in session, Basnight could often be found at the restaurant, helping clear tables or serve drinks. His wife, Sandy, and daughter, Vicki, ran the restaurant.
State officials later determined the fire was caused by arson, but they said Basnight was not under suspicion.
In 1984, Basnight succeeded his uncle in the state Senate.
In 1993, he was elected president pro tempore. He has served a record eight terms in that position, building a powerful political machine.
He also appoints more than 700 members of state boards and frequently recommends candidates for state jobs.
Possible Senate run
In 2001, he considered a run for the U.S. Senate.Compiled from research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith and Jerry Allegood.
Basnight Construction Co.
Lone Cedar Cafe
16 W. Jones St., Room 2007, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-2808