BioRalph Hise is currently serving in his first term as Senator for North Carolina’s 47th District, representing the people of Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey counties.
At 35 years old, Senator Hise is the youngest member of the North Carolina Senate, but he is already known as a strong conservative with a focus on strengthening North Carolina’s economy through private sector job creation and a commitment to tax relief for North Carolina families and businesses.
A graduate of Appalachian State University (B.S. – Statistics) and North Carolina State University (M.Ed. – Higher Education Administration), Senator Hise is a statistician and a member of the faculty at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.
Senator Hise co-chairs the Senate Committee for Appropriations on Health and Human Services. He is vice-chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee and leads a study committee on maximizing efficiency in state government.
Senator Hise is also a member of the Senate Committees on Commerce, Education, Pensions & Retirement and Aging, Program Evaluation, Redistricting and Transportation.
The American Conservative Union recently presented Senator Hise with its ‘Defender of Liberty’ award based on his support of conservative legislation. He also received a perfect score from The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation for his voting record on business and job-related legislation.
A native of Mitchell County, Senator Hise attended Mitchell High School and the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics. He lives in Spruce Pine with his wife Linn and twin four year old sons, Thomas and Deren, and attends Abundant Life Outreach Church.
Previously, Senator Hise served two terms as mayor of Spruce Pine. He worked for the NC Victory Campaign under the North Carolina Republican Party in the 2004 and 2006 elections and has served as the chairman and vice-chairman of the Mitchell County Republican Party.