The Class of 2013 – Rep. Robert Brawley

The Class of 2013 – Rep. Robert Brawley

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Name:  State Rep. C. Robert Brawley, Republican

Occupation: insurance agent, now does work for Allstate Insurance

Lives in: Mooreseville

From: Mooresville

Family: wife Mary; five grown children; 12 grandchildren

Hobbies:  “Arguing. I do enjoy a keen, intellectual exchange of ideas.”  Also takes a 2 to 3 mile walk every day, whether in Raleigh or home in Mooreseville.

Previous elected offices, if any: Served in the state legislature from 1981 to 1998 before returning this year after a 15-year hiatus.

Why’d you run for office?  Concerned that government imposes itself too much in citizen’s lives. “This president we’ve got believes in socialism. I don’t believe in socialism.”

What are the major challenges this year? “The fact that I’m me. From the perspective of getting things done, I’ve got to learn who can get things done and who likes to do things and who just likes politics. What’s major? It depends on whose bull is getting gored.”

What is one specific thing you’d like to accomplish this session? “To be the best legislator I know how. Working for solutions rather than domination.”   

How do you feel about these issues?

  • Voter ID? In favor. “Anybody who doesn’t recognize fraud that’s going on is sticking their head in the sand.”
  • Medicaid expansion? Was not in favor, and voted to exclude North Carolina from expansion.
  • North Carolina’s public schools? Thinks teachers are too hamstrung by federal and state government rules. “We shouldn’t tell them (teachers) how to run everything they do.” Thinks there should be more efforts to get rid of substandard teachers, principals, superintendents and state education leaders. “When you’ve got good superintendents, you have good quality schools.”
  • Immigration? (Does the state have a role?)  “I wish we did. I don’t know what we can do about it. I don’t see what the state can do about it (illegal immigration) without violating law.”

What historical or other figures have influenced your politics?

The late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and President Ronald Reagan.

What’s something about you most people don’t know:

“I have no idea. I talk too much. I don’t know that I’ve ever tried to hide anything.”

Contact: (919) 733-5741 (Raleigh office) or Robert.Brawley@ncleg.net

About the author

Sarah Ovaska-Few, former Investigative Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch for five years, conducted investigations and watchdog reports into issues of statewide importance. Ovaska-Few was also staff writer and reporter for six years with the News & Observer in Raleigh, where she reported on governmental, legal, political and criminal justice issues.