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  Pope, James Arthur "Art"
NameJames Arthur "Art" Pope
Raleigh, North Carolina , United States
Born May 05, 1956 (60 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
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Variety Wholesalers, Inc. - President and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors 2002 to present. Executive Vice-President 1997 to 2002. Chief Financial Officer 1995 to 1997. Member of Board of Directors, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-President 1986 to the present. Variety Wholesalers, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, NC, owns and operates over 450 retail stores in fourteen Southern states with over 8,000 employees.

Special Counsel to the Governor of North Carolina - Special Counsel to Governor James G. Martin for State Boards, Commissions and Agencies, 1985. Responsible for advising Governor Martin and administering state appointments, executive orders and legislation for state boards and commissions.

Jim Martin for Governor Committee - Director of Organization, March, 1984 to December, 1984.

Wyrick, Robbins, Yates and Ponton - Of Counsel, January, 1986 to 1992; Attorney, 1982 to 1984. A general law firm practice in Raleigh, North Carolina.


North Carolina House of Representatives - Served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, House District 61, from 1989 to 1992 and 1999 to 2002. Elected Republican Joint Caucus Leader, 1991-1992 Session. Served on Appropriations, Finance, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Education and Revenue Laws Study Committee. Chose not to stand for election in 2002.

Republican Nominee for Lieutenant Governor - Won the three-way Republican Primary, May 5, 1992. Defeated in General Election.

Republican National Convention - Elected a Delegate to the 1996 and 1992 Conventions.

Order of the Long Leaf Pine awarded June 30, 1992, by Governor James G. Martin

Economic Futures Study Commission - Appointed by Governor James G. Martin, 1990.

State Goals and Policies Board - Appointed by Governor James G. Martin, December 23, 1985, reappointed February 27, 1987, to January 15, 1989.


John William Pope Foundation - Founding Member Board of Directors 1986 to present, President 1993 to present. The Pope Foundation is a private grant-making foundation.

Institute of Humane Studies at George Mason University - Member of Board of Directors, 1987 to present.

John Locke Foundation - Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1989 to 1991, and 1993 to 2000, at large 2001 to present. The John Locke Foundation is a state level public policy foundation.

Atlas Economic Research Foundation - Member of Board of Directors, January, 1990 to present.

North Carolina Retail Merchants Association - Member of Board of Directors, 1996 to present.

Asheville School - Member Board of Trustees 1998 to present.

Thomas Roe Institute, Heritage Foundation - Member Advisory Board, 1989 to present.

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation at Wingate College - Member of the Board of Directors, 1997 to present.

Citizens For A Sound Economy - Member of the Board of Directors, 1993 to 1999 and 2002 to present.

North Carolina Taxpayers United - Member of the Board of Directors, 1993 to 1998.


Admitted to the North Carolina State Bar, January 5, 1982.

Member of the North Carolina Bar Association, 1982 to the present.


Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, J.D., 1981. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B. A. with Honors in Political Science, 1978.

Born May 5, 1956, Fayetteville, NC, life-long resident of Raleigh, NC.

Married to Kathy Pope, children Nick, age 19, Joyce, age 18 and James, age 14


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