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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Rep. Mike Clampitt (R-Haywood, Jackson, Swain)

Mike Clampitt is currently serving his first term in the NC House of Representatives for HD119 and lives in Bryson City, NC. Before finally winning election to the General Assembly in 2016, Clampitt ran unsuccessfully for public office several times. Losing twice in races for NC House and losing a 2010 bid for the Swain County Board of Commissioners.

North Carolina public schools are the largest employer in most of Clampitt’s district. Despite this, he supported bills that shortchange teachers and prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy over funding classrooms. Despite not being in office, he was an outspoken supporter of the 2013 budget, even though he was not in office. Clampitt voted for the 2017 budget which prioritized tax cuts for corporations over raising teacher pay and per pupil spending, forcing teachers to pay out of pocket for classroom supplies.

Clampitt voted to block an amendment that would have expanded access to health care for low-income, rural North Carolinians. He has the wrong priorities, voting for policies that benefit wealthy corporate interests over the people of HD119 who are working hard to make ends meet. All three counties Clampitt represents have a higher percent poverty rate than the statewide average along with a higher childhood poverty rate and a lower median income.

Clampitt voted for bills that roll back environmental protections, putting North Carolina’s natural resources and drinking water in jeopardy. He voted in favor of the “garbage juice” bill and for other bills that make it easier for large corporations to pollute North Carolina’s air, soil, and water.

Read on for more about Clampitt’s record during his first term in the NC House.

“Clampitt said that if elected he would not support more dollars for schools.” -Sylva Herald, 12/27/13

Despite public schools being the largest employer in most of his district, Clampitt supported bills that shortchange teachers and prioritize tax breaks over funding public education.

  • Although Clampitt was not in office in 2013, he was an outspoken supporter of the 2013 budget that cut more than $500 million in education funding.
  • Clampitt voted for the 2017 Republican budget that siphoned funds from public education to controversial school voucher programs and failed to raise teacher salaries.
  • Clampitt introduced a bill that would allow North Carolina to study breaking up large school districts like Wake County and said he would “probably support” a bill that would make Haywood County school board elections partisan.

Although the counties Clampitt represents are struggling financially, Clampitt voted for economic policies that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy.

  • Clampitt voted for the 2017 budget that favored tax cuts for the wealthy and took money from public education.
  • He favors eliminating income and corporate taxes in favor of sales taxes, which would disproportionately affect the working class, as shown by the Republicans’ 2013 tax reform.

Clampitt voted to both block efforts to make healthcare more affordable and destabilize coverage for pre-existing conditions

  • In 2018, Rep. Bobbie Richardson proposed an amendment that would expand Medicaid and make healthcare more affordable, but House Speaker Tim Moore ruled the amendment out of order; Clampitt and Republicans sustained the order.
  • Clampitt voted to concur with the Senate’s version of H933 that eroded coverage for pre-existing conditions

Clampitt voted for bills that loosened environmental protections in North Carolina, jeopardizing North Carolina’s natural resources and drinking water.  

  • Clampitt voted in favor of the “garbage juice” bill and voted for S16, a bill that rolled back various environmental protections, including limiting local governments’ power over landfill permits
  • Both bills protect the interest of corporations, over North Carolinian’s access to clean air, soil, and water

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