Wife of 30 years, Dee McIntyre and two sons, Joshua and Stephen McIntyre
Morehead Scholar; B.A. University of North Carolina, 1978, Phi Beta Kappa; J.D. University of North Carolina, 1981; recipient of Chancellor’s Sullivan Award for best exemplifying humanitarian service
Prior to his election to Congress, Mike worked as an attorney in his hometown of Lumberton.
U.S. House of Representatives, 1996-Present. Sr. member of the House Agriculture Committee & the House Armed Services Committee. Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucuses on Special Operations Forces, on Prayer, on Waterways, on Youth Sports & on Responsible Fatherhood. Recipient of the National Legislator of the Year Awards for Veterans, for Agriculture, for Law Enforcement and for Economic Development. 2-time recipient of the Senior Citizens MVP award. Named Distinguished Christian Statesman
My love of eastern North Carolina has always fueled my passion for service. My top priorities in running for office include:
Create Jobs: I'm working to improve access to capital and reduce burdensome regulations for small businesses; speed up construction permits, invest in infrastructure projects and improve high-speed Internet; improve career training at companies and community colleges; get our manufacturing base back to work with Make it in America initiatives; repeal NAFTA; simplify the tax code; focus on STEM education; invest in biofuels and green energy; and improve NC's travel industry.
Control Government Spending: We must rein in government spending and implement a fairer, simpler tax system that promotes economic prosperity and growth. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, extending the Bush tax cuts and measures to permanently eliminate the marriage penalty and the death tax, reduce the individual income tax, and cut taxes on IRAs to promote investment.
Help Veterans: I remain committed to Veterans' Health Care. I authored the Veterans Outreach Improvement Act and secured 2 outpatient clinics as well as a super regional clinic for our district.
Jobs is the most important issue facing the citizens and communities of eastern North Carolina today. I have a five-point plan to improve the economy and get people back to work. 1. Help Small Business by improving access to capital. 2. Build, Build, Build by speeding up permitting times for construction projects and investing in water projects. 3. Retrain by making career training a priority, focusing on Make it in America incentives and repealing NAFTA 4. Reduce & Reform Taxes by simplifying the tax code 5. Create Jobs of Tomorrow by focusing on STEM education, bio-fuels and investing in tourism.
Taxes are too high and should be going down! Americans deserve a fairer tax system that will minimize the burdens of complexity while promoting economic prosperity and growth. Good tax policy should be simple, efficient, and fair. I support extending the Bush tax cuts and have been pleased to support measures to permanently eliminate the marriage penalty and the death tax, reduce the individual income tax, and cut taxes on IRAs to promote savings and investment. I also support the Tax Code Termination Act, which would declare that any new federal tax system should be a simple and fair system that applies a low rate to all Americans; provides tax relief for working Americans; protects the rights of taxpayers and reduces tax collection abuses; eliminates the bias against savings and investments; promotes economic growth and job creation; and does not penalize marriage or families.
Reining in government spending has always been a priority of mine, which is why I have long co-sponsored legislation providing for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, I support the Blue Dog Benchmarks for Fiscal Reform, an aggressive blueprint for fiscal reform and deficit reduction. As a nation, we must get our fiscal house in order, and I will continue to provide leadership in seeking a Balanced Budget Amendment. We must also put an end to unfair trade policies that send North Carolina jobs overseas, which is why I have introduced legislation to repeal the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA has cost too many jobs, eroded our industrial base, and decimated our towns and communities in eastern NC. We need to focus on creating jobs right here in the US, not in foreign countries! That’s why I also support a “Make it in America” plan that will help bring back our manufacturing base and create jobs right here at home. Also, I authored the Veterans Outreach Improvement Act which would allow the VA to partner with state and local governments through grant opportunities to ensure veterans receive the benefits they deserve.
In my 16 years in Congress, I have worked under both Republican and Democratic-controlled Congresses and administrations and have earned a reputation as an independent consensus builder, forging bipartisan partnerships to produce results for North Carolina. In fact, the National Journal publishes annual reports on the voting records of members on a partisan scale, and I have consistently been ranked right down the middle of both parties (http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223). I am a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a fiscally conservative group who support the principles of fiscal responsibility and accountability, and have been able to work effectively with members of both parties to find practical, common-sense solutions to complex problems. I have always worked to put the people of eastern North Carolina above the partisanship of Washington to ensure that we do what’s best for the folks back home.
Yes. I did not support the health care reform bill and have repeatedly voted to repeal it. The need for health care reform is clear, but the focus should be on lowering the skyrocketing costs of health care, bringing down the cost of premiums, and ensuring access and affordability of health care for all. The health care law costs too much money – more than $1 trillion dollars on top of a $17 trillion national debt; it does not take the steps necessary to effectively bring down long-term health care costs; it raises too much in new taxes and imposes new requirements that will harm the ability of too many small businesses to compete and create jobs; and it tries to do too much too soon instead of targeted changes that can immediately help people. Instead, we should tackle health care reform in targeted ways. Those include: strengthening Medicare and Medicaid, improving Medicare reimbursement rates for rural health providers, expanding the use of electronic medical records, strengthening community health centers, and providing tax credits for long-term care. These are examples where we can make much-needed, fiscally responsible health care changes without bankrupting our country.
No. I am strong supporter of the Second Amendment and Americans’ right to bear arms. In every session that I’ve been in Congress, I have received an “A” rating from National Rifle Association for my consistent and strong support of the Second Amendment.
I am opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants residing in this country, and I'm a strong supporter of increased border security and workplace enforcement. In fact, this September, I visited the Arizona/Mexico border, where I had the privilege of meeting with federal officials to discuss the fight against illegal immigration. Improving border security is one of my legislative priorities. This trip was a great opportunity to see firsthand the work and talk with officials who are involved in the immigration effort! I have co-sponsored a number of bills that would support the E-Verify program, encourage the adoption of English as our official language, mandate the immediate prosecution and subsequent deportation of criminal illegal aliens, and increase our border patrol capacity to better protect our porous borders. I'm an original co-sponsor of the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement Act (The SAVE Act), a 3-point plan to drastically reduce illegal immigration. The bill addresses border security by increasing manpower, technology, and infrastructure on our northern and southern borders and protecting law-abiding American workers and business from unfair competition.
I am a graduate of N.C. State University, where I earned degrees in Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Economics, and Chemistry.
I am self-employed, earning my living doing business consulting and sales work. Prior to running for state Senate and starting my consulting and distributorship businesses, I served as a senior adviser to U.S. Sens. Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole, was a senior executive presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and also worked as assistant to the dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University.
I was elected to the N.C. Senate in 2008 and am serving in my second two-year term, representing Johnston and Wayne counties. I co-chair four different committees: the Joint Committee on Regulatory Reform, the Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee, the Environmental Review Commission, and the Senate Natural Economic Resources Subcommittee on Appropriations.
My focus will always be on supporting legislation that promotes free enterprise and smaller government, including repealing Obamacare. Just as I did in Raleigh, I will work to cut the red tape and restore some common sense to our regulatory agencies so that we can get the government out of the way and American businesses hiring again. I will also work to lower energy costs for American families and businesses by supporting efforts to immediately begin tapping into any and every energy resource around the country. Finally, I will work to reform our tax code so that it is fair, flat, and simple and reduces the burden on our businesses and families. We can get our economy moving again by getting government out of the way and working diligently to stop the wasteful spending, pay down our debt, and cut the red tape stifling our economy.
I believe our economy will begin moving in the right direction again when we get the federal government out of the way. Less government spending and lower taxes create jobs. Furthermore, the only way to reform the government so that it works for us is to take its funding -- particularly those federal agencies issuing new rules and regulations that are hindering small businesses and our farm families. We must also eliminate the rules and regulations prohibiting the environmentally safe exploration of oil and natural gas. Tapping into our energy resources here at home will help lower gas prices and create a wealth of new jobs and revenue for our state coffers.
We cannot tax our way back to prosperity. We must lower the tax burden on our small businesses and families if we are going to get this country back on track. Every dollar we take away from the private sector through taxation is one less dollar small businesses have to keep employees on the payroll. In the state Senate, I helped craft two balanced budgets without raising taxes on hard-working North Carolinians. And I led the fight against Obamacare – the $500 billion tax increase on American families that is also causing seniors to lose their doctors. I fought for lower taxes in Raleigh, and I will fight for lower taxes in Washington.
We have a $16 trillion debt that is threatening our livelihoods and the future of our country. It’s time to get serious about cutting spending, reining in government waste, and paying down our debt. In my time in the state Senate, I helped write two balanced budgets, and we cut spending and lowered taxes. I went line by line through the state budget and said “no” to the special interests and liberal bureaucrats in Raleigh, and I will do it in Washington. I plan to push legislation requiring any new rule or regulation that costs small businesses and family farms to come before the Congress for a vote of approval before it can be issued, push for more transparency and competition in the health care market to help drive down costs, and work to make the Veterans Administration a much more customer-oriented agency in order to meet the short- and long-term care needs of our veterans.
I will vote and work for what is constitutional and right for the country. I have served four years in the state Senate, and during that time, 17 of the bills I introduced have been signed into law -- many of them had strong bipartisan support. I am going to Washington to fight for the families and businesses of southeastern North Carolina, and I will work with any member of Congress who is willing to tackle the tough issues and find solutions to save and preserve Medicare, pay down our debt, cut the red tape killing job growth, and get our economy back on track.
Yes, on day one. Obamacare is a $500 billion tax on American families and a massive expansive of government into the private sector. There are many aspects of our health care system that need to be reformed, but Obamacare is not the solution. I support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with free market solutions that will increase transparency and competition so that every American can have greater access to quality care that is affordable.
No. I support the Second Amendment and will fight to protect that freedom. Guns don't commit crimes -- people do.
Our immigration system should never reward anyone who broke the law without consequence, and the president should never have implemented the DREAM Act through an executive order. To solve the issue, we must first secure our borders and identify and deport those who have a criminal record immediately. We must also begin enforcing the laws against illegal aliens that are already on the books and put in place guest worker or visa programs that enable workers to come and go as needed. Only then will we have a solution that ensures we have a viable immigration system enabling our farmers and businesses to have the labor they need. It’s time to elect leaders to Congress who are willing to fix our broken immigration system -- not play politics with it.