Under the Dome

The longest commutes in the legislature

Ten state legislators drive more than 500 miles to work.

After Dome learned that Rep. Roger West's 720-mile round trip from Marble to Raleigh is the longest commute, we wondered about the other legislators with long drives:

Sen. John Snow, Murphy, 706 miles
Sen. Joe Sam Queen, Waynesville, 552 miles
Sen. Tom Apodaca, Hendersonville, 550 miles
Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Asheville, 520 miles
Rep. David Guice, Brevard, 582 miles
Rep. Susan Fisher, Asheville, 500 miles
Rep. Bruce Goforth, Asheville, 500 miles
Rep. Carolyn Justus, Hendersonville, 550 miles
Rep. Phil Haire, Sylva, 590 miles

Not surprisingly, all 10 represent the mountains.


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Re: The longest commutes in the legislature

I was told by old timers that pre 1970s "completion" of the Interstate highway system, the quickest route for some members from the mountains to Raleigh was actually though Georgia and South Carolina. The western tip of Cherokee County (the county where Marble is located)is the same distance to the Mississippi River as to Raleigh

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