The Honorable Sue Myrick

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But I think there’s still a lack of mentoring among women, not just in politics but in general. That’s kind of sad because somebody else paved the way for me, I certainly didn’t do it. I mean, yes, I was the first in a couple things, but somebody else in the national scene made it possible for women to be here—Jeannette Rankin, for example. I still can’t believe that that long ago she was able to get elected to Congress. That’s phenomenal. We talked about that type of thing a lot. How in the world did she get elected when she was definitely in a man’s world?”
—The Honorable Sue Myrick, March 14, 2016

Abstract & Transcript

U.S. Representative from North Carolina (January 3, 1995-January 3, 2013)

Spurred into action by a local land dispute, Sue Myrick began her political career on the city council before making history as the first woman mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Myrick used her experience and name recognition to win a seat in Congress, achieving another milestone as the first Republican woman elected to Congress from North Carolina. In her interview, Myrick recalls her time as freshman class liaison, a position that provided unique access to the leadership during a monumental period that saw Republicans gain control of the House for the first time in 40 years.

In her oral history, Myrick reflects on how her personal fight against breast cancer influenced her legislative career and strengthened her resolve to draw attention to women’s health. She also describes her successful challenge against an institutional tradition that discouraged women Members and staff from wearing pants on the House Floor. During her nearly two decades in the House, she emerged as a spokesperson for conservatives in her party, earning assignments on the influential Rules, Intelligence, and Energy and Commerce committees. In her oral history, Myrick reflects on the role of women in her party and shares her memories of chairing the Republican Study Committee.

Biography

MYRICK, Sue, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio, August 1, 1941; graduated from Port Clinton High School, Port Clinton, Ohio; attended Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio, 1959–1960; at–large member, Charlotte, N.C., city council, 1983–1985; mayor, Charlotte, N.C., 1987–1991; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1992; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1995–January 3, 2013); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012.

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Video

Staying Grounded

The Honorable Sue Myrick discusses the reason she chose to put "Sue" on her campaign button in 1994.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Freshman Class Liaison

The Honorable Sue Myrick remembers interacting with leadership as a freshman.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Congresswomen's Caucus

The Honorable Sue Myrick reflects on the importance of the leadership positions in the Congresswomen's Caucus.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded Narch 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
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Working Together

The Honorable Sue Myrick remembers women encouraging compromise and harmony within the House.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Taking Work Home

The Honorable Sue Myrick shares memories of women Members working after hours.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Institutional Change

The Honorable Sue Myrick recalls working with other women to break House tradition surrounding women's attire.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Hiring Women

The Honorable Sue Myrick recalls employing and promoting women whenever possible.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Responsibility of Public Figures

The Honorable Sue Myrick remembers speaking out about her experience with breast cancer and the effect it had on her female constituents.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Women and Leadership

The Honorable Sue Myrick discusses the challenges of getting women in leadership positions.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Lack of Mentoring for Women

The Honorable Sue Myrick discusses the difference she has noticed between men and women mentors.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

"Nobody Wants to Work Together"

The Honorable Sue Myrick discusses the changing sense of bipartisanship in modern politics.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Challenges Facing Women Candidates

The Honorable Sue Myrick encourages women to run for national office and explains the importance of fundraising.

The Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. Representative of North Carolina
Interview recorded March 14, 2016 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Images & Artifacts

Sue Myrick Lapel Pin
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In her interview, Representative Myrick discusses her reason for putting "Sue" on her campaign buttons.
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In the House Chamber
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Representative Sue Myrick (fifth from the left in center row) on the House Floor in February 2001.
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House Rules Committee
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Representative Sue Myrick (fourth from the right) with her House Rules Committee colleagues in 2004.
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Congresswoman Sue Myrick
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Representative Myrick during her eighth term in Congress (2009–2011).
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Swearing In
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Representative Sue Myrick posed with Speaker John Boehner of Ohio at the start of the 112th Congress (2011-2013) for a ceremonial swearing–in photo.
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