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Fred Heineman

Fred HeinemanAKA Fredrick Heineman

Born: 28-Dec-1929
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 20-Mar-2010
Location of death: Raleigh, NC
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from North Carolina, 1995-97

Military service: USMC (1951-54)

Defeated in 1996 by David Price. An essential element of the campaign was Heineman's statement of what constituted middle class: "When I see a first-class individual who makes $80,000 a year, he's lower middle class. When I see someone who is making anywhere from $300,000 to $750,000, that's middle class. When I see anyone above that, that's upper middle class."[1] Of course in rural North Carolina, such a statement was a public relations disaster. Heineman's Congressional salary was $133,000, and his police pension $50,000 -- apparently he considered himself poor. Certainly he was out of touch. His narrow 1994 victory over Price of 1215 votes was turned into a loss, 54% to 45%.

[1] "Middle Class Albatross", Charlotte Observer, 4 March 1996.

    High School: Mt. St. Michael High School, Brooklyn, NY
    University: Concordia Junior College
    University: Westchester Community College
University of Bridgeport
    University: St. Francis College
    Law School: John Jay College

    US Congressman, North Carolina 4th (3-Jan-1995 to 3-Jan-1997)
    North Carolina State Official Chief of Police, Raleigh, NC (1979-94)
    New York State Official Policeman (1955-79)

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