Representative Sue Myrick (NC-9) came to Congress in 1995
after building a successful advertising and public relations
business, and serving two terms as mayor of Charlotte, NC, the
state’s largest city and commercial hub. She is currently in
her seventh term representing
9th district, which covers portions of
Mecklenburg, and Gaston Counties.
Sue serves on the powerful
Energy and Commerce Committee,
which is the oldest legislative committee in the U.S. House of
Representatives. It enjoys the broadest legislative
responsibility of any House committee, including public
health, telecommunications, energy, consumer protection, food
and drug safety, air quality, environmental health, and
interstate and foreign commerce. In addition, the jurisdiction
extends over five Cabinet-level departments and seven
independent agencies. Sue is a member of the Health
Energy subcommittee, and
the Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection subcommittee.
From 2002 to 2004, Sue served as chairman
Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest voting bloc
in Congress. The RSC is a group of House Republicans that are
organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative economic
and social agenda for America. Under Sue’s tenure, the RSC
grew from 65 to over 96 members and became an influential
force in shaping policy in Congress. Her leadership of this
group and dedication to controlling government spending has
made her a national voice for House conservatives.
In January 2003, Sue was appointed as a
Deputy Whip of the 108th Congress. As Deputy Whip, Sue is one of only a handful of
Republican House members with a seat at the leadership table. Due to her hard
work, She has continued to serve as a Deputy Whip through the
109th Congress and into the 110th.
A breast cancer
survivor, Sue co-chairs the House Cancer Caucus. She has
successfully championed legislation aimed at stopping the
deadly disease through increased research, education, early
detection, and development of promising new medical
A small businesswoman herself, Sue is the former President and
CEO of Myrick Advertising and Public Relations and Myrick
Enterprises. Before Congress, she served on the Charlotte City
Council and was a two-term mayor of the City of Charlotte. Sue
remains the first and only female mayor in Charlotte history.
As Mayor, Sue hit the streets, going nose-to-nose with drug
dealers, telling them to get the heck out of the
neighborhoods. Sue also gained much praise for greatly
improving Charlotte’s transportation infrastructure, while
never raising taxes.
Sue has extensive experience in disaster relief and recovery
from tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. She knows local
communities can’t always depend on the federal government to
help solve their emergencies. Many times, they are on their
own. She also understands the role that FEMA, the Red Cross,
Salvation Army and organizations like the Mennonite Disaster
Service play in emergency situations, having worked
extensively on-site in coordination with them.
Sue is also leading the charge nationally
on issues related to terrorism. She is the founder of the
Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, which has more than 120
Members. This caucus meets with experts on terrorism and
works to educate the public about the dangers we face from
Sue is a wife; a mother of two children and three
step-children. She and her husband, Ed, have 12 grandchildren
and 5 great grandchildren.
Honors and Awards
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