About this event:
Join Civitas president Donald Bryson and guest commentator Jim Blaine for the first Poll Lunch of 2019, as they discuss where North Carolinians stand on the issues that matter most. Ticket purchase includes entry to the event as well as lunch. The lunch will be held at 18 Seaboard and doors will open at 11:30am.
Jim Blaine served as North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger’s first Chief of Staff, from 2011 to 2018. Prior to joining Senator Berger’s legislative staff, Blaine was the director of the Republican State Senate Caucus political organization, where he led the historic 2010 campaign effort that put Republicans in control of the North Carolina Senate for the first time in 140 years.
Much of Blaine’s training for legislative and political work came through his first job out of college: teaching middle school students with behavioral and emotional disabilities.
After six years, Blaine left the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a diploma in hand and an agreement – which the University rescinded in 2018 when he was appointed to the UNC Board of Visitors – that he not return.
Today, Blaine lives in Raleigh with his wife and four daughters.