Schooled in the Triad: Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, Wake Forest University

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Richard Burr

by Brian Clarey

What are the odds that both of our state’s US senators went to the same school?

Richard Burr, a Republican, pledges Kappa Sigma fraternity and lettered on the Demon Deacons football team his first two years, dismal seasons for the team.

Burr won the seat vacated by Democrat John Edwards for his vice-presidential run in 2004.

Kay Hagan, a Democrat, came for law school after earning her BA at Florida State University in 1975, and took her JD to Bank of America, then the North Carolina National Bank, before winning, in 1998, what would become NC’s 27th District. In 2008 she defeated Republican

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Kay Hagan

Liddy Dole for the US Senate seat formerly occupied by Republican Jesse Helms, who also went to Wake.