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Cal Cunningham has spent his entire life in North Carolina, growing up in Lexington and later attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Shortly after he and his wife returned to Lexington, he was elected to the state senate in November 2000. Cal served in this role for three years and was one of the youngest-ever members of the North Carolina State Senate.
Immediately following the attacks on September 11, 2001, Cal volunteered for the US Army Reserves, where he served three active duty tours. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the prestigious General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award and continues his military service today, training with special operations forces at Fort Bragg.
This year, Cal is running for United States Senate in North Carolina against one of the NRA’s top-funded incumbents, Thom Tillis. As an Army veteran who has been trained to use a gun, Cal understands the responsibility that comes with carrying a firearm. As the vice chairman of Governor Roy Cooper’s Crime Commission, Cal helped develop recommendations to lower the risk of tragic school shootings. Cal is confident that we can enact commonsense solutions to end gun violence by uniting Americans of every age, community, and background.