Mike McIntyre Congressional Collection
Scope and Contents
Congressman Mike McIntyre served as the Representative for North Carolina's 7th Congressional district from 1997 to 2015. McIntyre's Congressional collection consists of papers and memorabilia accrued during his time in office. Materials in this collection cover a wide range of subject areas pertinent to North Carolina’s 7th district and McIntyre’s interactions as a Congressman including but not limited to agriculture, coastal issues, economic development, health care, military and veterans’ affairs, senior citizens affairs and U.S. Presidents. The papers are organized in 13 series and date from the 1970s to 2014, with the bulk of the material dating from 1996 to 2014. Material types include audio visual materials, campaign materials, correspondence, ephemera, invitations, memorabilia, newspaper articles and clippings, photographs, press releases, scrapbook pages, subject files and visitor logs. The collection also contains approximately 700 artifacts and ephemeral items cataloged separately.
- Creation: 1970-2014
- McIntyre, Mike, 1956- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use. Access to a subset of materials in this collection is restricted until November 20, 2044.
Douglas Carmichael McIntyre II was born August 6, 1956. He attended public schools in his hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina. McIntyre demonstrated an interest in leadership through public service at a young age by serving as Student Body Treasurer and later Student Body President of Lumberton High School before graduating in 1974. A Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a political science major in 1978 and received his Juris Doctorate in 1981. During his senior year of college, the chancellor presented him the Sullivan Award for best exemplifying "unselfish interest in the welfare of his fellow man" during his collegiate career. While a law student, McIntyre served as one of North Carolina’s youngest delegates at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in support of Jimmy Carter.
In 1987, Mike McIntyre was chosen as one of the state’s Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians of the Year by the North Carolina Jaycees. As a strong advocate of issues that impact the family, he was a charter member of both the North Carolina Commission on Children & Youth and the North Carolina Commission on the Family. In 1989, McIntyre earned the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for his longtime commitment and work with children and educators as a volunteer in the public school system. Until his election to Congress, McIntyre practiced law in his native Robeson County.
Active in community, church, civic, and professional activities, Mike McIntyre served as a leader in the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, coached three All-American Drug-Free Sports Teams, and has been active in Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, and the Parent-Teacher Association. Additionally, he has been a lay leader in the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton with service as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday school teacher and Chairman of the Weekday School and Day Care Committee. Mike McIntyre married Dee Strickland in June 1982. The couple has two sons, Joshua and Stephen, who both won scholarships to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and are now attorneys.
House Committee On Agriculture (Vice-Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, Livestock, and Horticulture
- Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture (Chairman)
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research
House Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Project Forces (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities
- Special Oversight Panel on Terrorism (Vice-Chairman)
Congressional CaucusesAt one time, Congressman McIntyre was said to have been a member of the most Congressional Caucuses in the House of Representatives. Additionally, he was founder and/or co-chairman of the following caucuses.
- Adopt a Country Caucus (Co-Chairman and Co-Founder)
- Air Force Caucus (Co-Chairman)
- Congressional Boating Caucus (Co-Chairman)
- Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports (Chairman and Founder)
- Congressional Prayer Caucus (Co-Chairman)
- Congressional United Kingdom Caucus (Co-Chairman)
- Congressional Waterways Caucus (Co-Chairman and Co-Founder)
- Friends of Scotland Caucus (Co-Chairman and Co-Founder)
- National Task Force on Fatherhood (Co-Chairman)
- Rural Caucus (Co-Chairman)
- Rural Caucus (Co-Chairman) Rural Healthcare Coalition (Co-Chairman)
- Special Operations Forces Caucus (Co-Chairman and Co-Founder)
Agriculture and Economic DevelopmentLargely composed of rural communities and farm families, support and representation for farmers and rural economic development is imperative for many constituents in the 7th district. When elected to Congress in 1996, Mike McIntyre obtained a seat on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and by retirement was the second highest ranking member. In 2009, McIntyre was elected Chairman of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture. Through the years, he also served on the following subcommittees: General Commodities, Livestock and Horticulture; Conservation, Energy and Forestry; Livestock, Rural Development and Credit; Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research. McIntyre additionally served as Chairman of the Rural Caucus Task Force on Jobs, Economic Development and Transportation and later became Co-Chairman of the entire Rural Caucus.
As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Rural Development, McIntyre supported the Microenterprise Business and Rural Entrepreneur Program to help businesses which employ less than 10 people. He worked closely with USDA Rural Development throughout his years in Congress to bring funding for town halls, public works facilities, day care centers, fire and rescue stations, police departments, courthouses, small businesses, housing assistance, health care facilities, hospitals and other public needs to southeastern North Carolina.
McIntyre also worked on legislation to establish the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission which was signed into law as part of the 2008 Farm Bill. The purpose of the commission is to alleviate poverty and promote economic growth in the most distressed areas of the southeastern United States. The commission awards grants to areas in need to fund projects that meet the criteria for community betterment, including infrastructure, education and training, entrepreneurship, and leadership development.
Notably, McIntyre co-authored and co-sponsored legislation with Rep. Bill Jenkins (TN) titled, The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act, otherwise known as the “tobacco buyout.” This legislation was the result of many years of work in an effort to relieve suffering tobacco farmers and after a long debate, this landmark legislation was signed into law as part of the American Jobs Creation Act in 2004. The tobacco buyout eliminated the quota and price support system that was in place and provided $10.1 billion in payments made over ten years to tobacco quota owners and growers for the elimination of their government created quotas. These payments, known as the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, allowed farmers to reduce debt and diversify or expand operations in tobacco and other farm enterprises such as vineyards. The last payment was made in January, 2014.
McIntyre has received significant recognition for his work in the agriculture and economic development arenas. He was named as the first recipient ever of an international award in public policy by the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security for his efforts to produce job opportunities and increase worker training. The National Association of Development Organizations honored him for his leadership in regional economic development, and the Southern Economic Development Council has chosen him five times for its Legislative Honor Roll. In 2002, he won the North Carolina Employment Security Advancing Workforce Development Award. McIntyre’s service to agriculture has been recognized by numerous agricultural organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, and the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank. In 2007, he was named National Legislator of the Year by the National Farm Service Agency Employees Association. He had received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the Robeson County Crop Promotion Association in 1998 and subsequently received the North Carolina Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the N.C. Farm Bureau in 2014.
Coastal CommunitiesAs the U.S. Representative of many coastal communities, Mike McIntyre was instrumental in securing over half a billion dollars in funding to ensure the beaches, waterways, inlets and ports of North Carolina’s 7th District were adequately maintained. He was founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Waterways Caucus, was co-chairman of the Congressional Boating Caucus, and was a member of the House Coastal Caucus and House Oceans Caucus. For his work on beach and waterway issues, McIntyre was named Coastal Advocate of the Year by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association; received the Admiral’s Circle Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association; received the Conservationist Award from the NC Coastal Land Trust; received the J.W. Pate Award from the Cape Fear River Assembly; and was named Beach Preservationist of the Year by the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society.
HealthcareDuring his time in office, McIntyre was a member and former co-chairman of the House Rural Health Care Coalition which advocates for advancing rural priorities in health care. Additionally, he was a member of several Congressional caucuses that worked to prevent disease and secure research funding including the Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus, Congressional Diabetes Caucus, the House Cancer Caucus, the House Vision Caucus, and the Youth Sports Caucus.
For his work on rural health care initiatives, McIntyre has been named a “Super Hero” six times by the National Association of Community Health Centers. He was also presented with the National Rural Health Association’s Legislative award in 2000 (as one of five Representatives) and in 2003 (as the only Representative) for demonstrating great dedication to the health of rural Americans.
Military and Veterans’ AffairsWorking on legislation to support the nation’s armed forces was of particular importance to Mike McIntyre, who represented a district that initially was home to four major military bases, Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Fort Bragg, and Pope Air Force Base, as well as Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, three Coast Guard stations and several National Guard armories. McIntyre served on the House Armed Services Committee for the duration of his time in office and was the third highest ranking member by retirement. He was Vice-Chairman of the Special Oversight Panel on Terrorism, the top Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, and a member of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.
McIntyre was Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Special Operations Forces Caucus, which was started in an effort to recognize the critical role that Special Operations Forces and the U.S. Special Operations Command have in national security missions. For his work, McIntyre has been recognized by the Air Force Association, American Legion, Association of the U.S. Army, Disabled American Veterans, Navy League, Special Forces Charitable Trust, and the VFW. He received the Charles Dick Medal of Merit Award from the North Carolina National Guard in the year 2000 for his strong support of the National Guard and national defense. He has also been inducted as an Honorary Member of the Fleet Reserve Command, made an Honorary Life Member of the N.C. Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and presented the Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, its highest civilian honor.
Additionally, McIntyre was a voice in Washington for North Carolina veterans. During his tenure in Congress, McIntyre helped secure funds for several new Veterans Affairs clinics, including a dialysis center in Fayetteville, N.C. He successfully advocated for the establishment of two additional veterans’ health clinics in Robeson and Brunswick counties, as well as the building of a new veterans regional health center in Wilmington. McIntyre was awarded National Legislator of the Year in 2008 and the All-American Hero Award in 2009 and 2013 for work advocating on behalf of veterans, including support of an annual Military Construction and VA Appropriations bill that adequately meets the needs of veterans. He supported the authorization for the construction nationally of five new polytrauma centers and three Centers of Excellence in Mental Health, and was also an original co-sponsor of the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, which was passed by the U.S. House and provides outreach, education, and training to VA staff to ensure that veterans are receiving adequate mental health care.
NASAMcIntyre has always been a supporter of NASA and the space program, stating the following: “Not only does space exploration inspire and excite, but it also has numerous practical benefits to people everywhere: from GPS to pacemakers; from microwave ovens to highly advanced computing systems; from water purification to search and rescue missions; from cancer therapy to robotics; from lightweight, durable metals to power generation of energy and telecommunications; from solar cells and batteries to recycling and waste management. Technological improvements affecting weather predictions, storm monitoring, agricultural production and global transportation have greatly affected our lives and helped our environment on earth. Fascination with the vastness of God's creation and the make-up of the universe is a never-ending discovery that always inspires us and advances our ingenuity and imagination and increases greatly our education in so many fields of learning and human endeavor. Indeed, there are no limits to space exploration and the discoveries made by the human spirit.”
Senior CitizensMcIntyre was recognized with a pair of boxing gloves from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare because of his advocacy work on behalf of senior citizens. He also received the M.V.P. Award for the entire Congress from the TREA Senior Citizens League in 2004 and later received the Seniors Advocate Award for his legislative leadership on behalf of seniors in 2012.
Youth SportsAdvocacy for youth sports was a priority during Mike McIntyre’s congressional career. He coached youth sports in Robeson County for several years in T-ball, baseball, football, and basketball, including three All-American Drug-Free teams. McIntyre was the first volunteer coach in the county to be certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and the first to qualify his teams for the All-American Drug-Free Team based on character development and drug education and awareness. He was a charter member of, and helped to incorporate, the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association, which has subsequently spawned several championship teams on the regional, state, and national levels.
Congressman McIntyre is the Founder and Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports. Through cooperative efforts with the Citizenship through Sports Alliance, McIntyre and former NBA star Clark Kellogg, now a CBS Sports analyst and commentator, presented a National Report Card on the State of Youth Sports in 2005 at the National Press Club in Washington. Their goal was to draw attention to the need for greater respect, cooperation, discipline, and commitment to youth sports. Having introduced a Youth Sports Legislative Agenda, McIntyre has also hosted three regional youth sports conferences and has worked with the NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA, NCAA, U.S. Soccer, U.S. Tennis and the U.S. Olympic Committee in promoting youth sports, fitness, and recreation nationally.
Because of his commitment, Congressman McIntyre has been given several honors and recognitions. He was honored with the National Congressional Award in 2006 by the National Recreation and Park Association for his leadership in promoting youth sports and recreational programs. He was also recognized by the Positive Coaching Alliance for his promotion of teamwork, commitment, persistence, empathy, and leadership among young athletes. In 2008, he was named an International Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport in recognition of his leadership through positive example. His selection placed him among a unique group of sports celebrities such as Grant Hill, David Robinson, Mia Hamm, and Jeff Gordon.
Congressman McIntyre continued to play sports and pursue a healthy lifestyle throughout his years in Congress. He played second base on the Congressional Baseball Team for a number of years, participated in Congressional Basketball and Football Games, as well as tennis, soccer and golf matches. These charitable events benefitted organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Literary Council, and efforts to fight breast cancer, prostate cancer, and homelessness. In 2012, he earned his black belt in Taekwondo from Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, an instructor of boxing champion Muhammad Ali and martial arts star Bruce Lee. Additionally, he earned the Presidential Champion Gold Award given under a tiered system designed to encourage physical activity and sponsored by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Notable Achievements Regarding Scottish-American RelationsNorth Carolina's 7th district includes the largest number of Scottish-American descendants in the United States. McIntyre co-founded and co-chaired the Friends of Scotland caucus and was the original sponsor of the unanimously passed H.Res. 41 "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a day should be established as 'National Tartan Day' to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States."
In 2008, McIntyre came to the rescue for Scottish literature and poetry when it was discovered that the Library of Congress had made changes to its world renowned classification system, removing 40 headings and subheadings for Scottish writing and moving the body of work under the "English" classification heading. This move garnered concerns and protests from academics, writers, government ministers and many others. First Minister Alex Salmond called McIntyre about the matter while he was en route to Scotland on Armed Services business. The Washington Post noted that Linda Fabiani, the Minister of Culture in Edinburgh also lobbied McIntyre while he was visiting the country to see what he could do. Within the scope of a few phone calls, the changes were reversed by the Library of Congress and the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, issued a letter to the National Library of Scotland.
As a token of gratitude for McIntyre's leadership during his Congressional career, the Scottish Parliament passed a motion (S4M-10778) on December 8, 2014 at the First Minister's request, recognizing McIntyre's contributions to Scotland's relationship with the United States and congratulating him on his retirement from Congress.
114.25 Linear Feet (Contains 50 bankers boxes, 22 oversize boxes, 1 archival tube, and 1 map case folder)
Language of Materials
Congressman Mike McIntyre served as the Representative for North Carolina's 7th Congressional district from 1997 to 2015. McIntyre's Congressional collection consists of papers and memorabilia accrued during his time in office and represents issues important to the district and his interactions as a Congressman. The collections consists of 111 linear feet of papers and approximately 700 artifacts.
This collection is arranged in 13 series as follows:
Series 1: CorrespondenceThis series contains correspondence concerning campaigns, elections, events and legislative issues sent to Congressman McIntyre by members of Congress and other politicians, constituents from the 7th Congressional district, organizations, associations and other interested individuals, as well as replies from the Congressman and his staff. Also included are birthday, Christmas and thank-you cards. Items in this series date from McIntyre’s campaign in 1995 to 2014.
Series 2: Invite AcceptsThis series contains invitations, correspondence, memos, tickets and ephemera relating to events in which Congressman McIntyre was invited to attend. Events include forums, fundraisers, meetings, speaking engagements, etc. for or with associations, organizations, members of Congress and other notable individuals or groups. Items in this series date from 1997 to 2007. Additionally, this series is titled based on the filing system used by McIntyre’s Congressional staff.
Series 3: SpeechesThis series contains speeches given by Congressman McIntyre. Documents include both handwritten and typed remarks as well as email correspondence and printed information pertaining to events, histories of organizations or other relevant data. Also included are letters written by the Congressman acknowledging an event in his absence and introductory remarks about him given by other individuals. Materials in this series dates from 1978 to 2014, with the bulk of the materials dating after 1996.
Series 4: Press ReleasesThis series contains official statements released to media outlets including newspapers, television stations, and news websites regarding announcements, events, political stances and schedules. Also included are letters to the editor regarding editorials and opinion pieces as well as remarks for interviews. Appended to individual press releases are related documents such as email correspondence, copies of remarks made at events, and other relevant data. Materials in this series date from 1997 to 2009.
Series 5: Visitor LogsThis series contains visitor logs recording visitors to Mike McIntyre's Congressional office in Washington D.C., beginning in 1997 and ending in 2014.
Series 6: Presidential FilesThis series contains materials related to Congressman McIntyre’s interactions with U.S. Presidents covering events such as Presidential inaugurations, Presidential visits to North Carolina and funeral services. Included are items such as cards, invitations, hand written notes, programs, email correspondence, schedules and ephemera. Also included in this series are remarks made by foreign leaders to joint meetings of Congress and special material related to the Congressman’s involvement with the Congressional Friends of Scotland Caucus and the Congressional United Kingdom Caucus.
Series 7: Subject FilesThis series contains subject files related to Congressman McIntyre’s work in North Carolina’s 7th District and nationally through his involvement in committee and caucus work. Materials include correspondence, data and background information, handwritten notes, newspaper articles, publications, Congressional hearings, Congressional Research Service reports and various other documents. Subjects include but are not limited to agriculture, coastal issues, health care, local economics, military and veteran’s affairs and transportation. Materials in the series date from 1997 to 2013 with folders of historical information predating 1997.
Series 8: Regional Office FilesThis series contains a variety of materials collected from Congressman McIntyre’s regional offices in Lumberton and Elizabethtown. Included are correspondence, calendars, Congressional hearings, ephemera and memorabilia, invitations, newspaper clippings, photographs, schedules, and other miscellaneous items. Materials in this series date from the 1970s to 2014.
Series 9: Newspapers and ClippingsThis series contains newspapers, newsletters and clippings with articles about Congressman McIntyre or important historical events. Titles of articles related to McIntyre are noted in each record for all newspapers and newsletters. Materials in this series date from 1996 to 2014 and publications are grouped together and organized chronologically.
Series 10: Audio Visual MaterialsThis series contains audio and visual materials related to Congressman McIntyre’s career as well as some items that were given to him during his time in office. Materials include television and radio interviews, recorded speeches and events, house floor coverage and campaign ads. Formats include DVD, VHS, CD, data CD and various older video formats which will require special equipment to view. Items in this series date from 1996 to 2014.
Series 11: PhotographsThis series contains photographs, negatives and digital photo discs documenting Congressman McIntyre’s first campaign through his retirement. Included are images of his work in the 7th district and in Washington D.C., ceremonies, delegation trips, and events held locally, nationally and internationally. The original order of the photograph albums was maintained during processing and they are organized chronologically. Descriptions of the digital photo discs include the number of photos on each disc. Materials in this series date from 1995 to 2014.
Series 12: Scrapbook FilesThis series contains scrapbooks pages that were created by Congressman McIntyre’s mother, Thelma McIntyre. Included are newspaper clippings, photographs, programs and ephemera documenting McIntyre’s career beginning with his first campaign in 1995 through February, 2012. The scrapbook pages have been removed from the binders, but otherwise maintain their original order.
Series 13: Personal Archives and MemorabiliaThis series contains a variety of personal materials saved by Congressman McIntyre throughout the years from high school to retirement from Congress. Included are correspondence, ephemera, invitations, magazines, photographs, presentation folders and a variety of miscellaneous items.
This collection was donated by Congressman Mike McIntyre on November 20, 2014.
Additions to the collection were made on August 26, 2015 and January 6, 2016.
Portions of this collection have been digitized and/or are born-digital. For access to these digital materials, please browse the finding aid via the "Collection Organization" tab and select an individual file or item to see if it contains a linked digital record.
This collection was processed by Rebecca Baugnon and Beth Guertin with the assistance of students Josh Cole, Kate Edwards, Christine Ingram, Hannah Munkley, Samantha Perkins and Maya Rodgers.
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