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DTH graphic. Clockwise, from top left: N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee, U.S. Rep. David Price, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, Commissioner Renee Price, Mayor Pam Hemminger, N.C. Rep. Verla Insko and N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer. Photos courtesy of Foushee, David Price, Tillis, Ken Bennett, Renee Price, Hemminger, Insko and Meyer.

Richard Burr, U.S. Senator for North Carolina

Richard Burr, who previously served five terms as a representative in the U.S. House, is currently in his third term as a U.S. senator. Burr, a Republican, won't seek reelection after his current term ends in 2023.

Burr has worked in Congress since 1994. He led the House in the modernization of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and he now is a ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The son of a minister, Burr grew up in Winston-Salem and later attended Wake Forest University, where he played on the football team.

Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator for North Carolina

Thom Tillis is the other senator for North Carolina in the U.S. Congress, and he was first elected in 2014 as a Republican and then re-elected in 2020.

Tillis formerly served in the N.C. House of Representatives beginning in 2006 and was then chosen by his peers as Speaker of the House in 2011, which he worked as until joining the U.S. Senate.

A resident of Huntersville, N.C., Tillis lives with his wife, Susan. The pair have two children and two granddaughters.

David Price, U.S. Representative for North Carolina District 4

David Price represents North Carolina’s fourth congressional district, which includes all of Chapel Hill and Orange County.

Price was first elected in 1987 to the House as a Democrat after working as a professor in public policy and political science at Duke University. Since joining Congress, Price is the only North Carolina member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the chairperson of the Subcommittee of Homeland Security, while being on several other committees.

Price also attended UNC as a Morehead-Cain Scholar, graduating in 1961 and returning to Chapel Hill to settle down in 1972.

Valerie Foushee, N.C. Senator for District 23 (Chatham, Orange)

Valerie Foushee, a Democrat, represents Orange and Chatham counties in the North Carolina Senate.

Foushee served as the chairperson of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education from 2001-2003, and she became the first African American woman to serve on the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 2004, later serving as chairperson from 2008-2010.

Foushee is a lifelong resident of Chapel Hill — graduating from Chapel Hill High School and then attending UNC.

Graig Meyer, N.C. Representative for District 50 (Caswell, Orange)

Graig Meyer, a Democrat, has represented Orange and Caswell Counties in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2013.

He serves as the co-chairperson of the House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee, has received Legislator of the Year from multiple organizations and worked in North Carolina public schools for 16 years before entering legislative office.

Meyer also previously served as the director of student equity for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools from 2012 to 2014.

Verla Insko, N.C. Representative for District 56 (Orange)

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Verla Insko, a Democrat, has worked in the N.C. House of Representatives for Orange County since 1996, currently serving her 13th term.

Insko is the vice chairperson of the Health Committee and is a member of the Appropriations, Environment and Ethics committees, among others. She was the primary sponsor on House Bills 316 and 470, both of which expanded the coverage of healthcare.

Insko moved to Chapel Hill in 1965 with her husband, Chet, and raised their two children here while working as a community activist and student tutor.

Pam Hemminger, Mayor of Chapel Hill

Pam Hemminger has been the mayor of Chapel Hill since 2015 and is currently in her third term. She formerly served as an Orange County Commissioner and the vice chairperson of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.

Hemminger is a pioneer for environmental issues and social justice and has served as a board member of multiple local nonprofits, including Orange County Habitat for Humanity and the Triangle Land Conservancy.

Hemminger and her husband, Brad, raised four children in Chapel Hill, three of whom later attended UNC.

Renee Price, Board of County Commissioners Representative for District 2

Renee Price represents the UNC surrounding area on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners as the District 2 official.

Price serves as chairperson of the Board, and she also is the president of the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials. She also was a co-founder of Free Spirit Freedom, an initiative to celebrate the historical diversity of Orange County.

Price has been honored as Outstanding N.C. County Commissioner of the year, and she is an active member of many community boards and organizations.


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