Representative Joe Sam Queen
 

YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN

Haywood,
Jackson,
and Swain

Advocating for mountain people, their families, communities, and livelihoods since 2002.

 
 
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Recent News

Raleigh Report 35

A Sad Day for Democracy, Illegal Gerrymandering, and More

Gov. Cooper visits SCC

“You shouldn’t have to choose between your education and making ends meet,” said Queen. “Whether it’s a car repair, an unexpected healthcare cost or a childcare need, these grants offer assistance to make sure you keep your head above water and graduate on time.”

Leaders Explore Solutions at Summit

“One of the most problematic things we see on a day-to-day basis is the lack of availability for treatment when individuals seek assistance,” Queen said. “We continually see people falling through the cracks due to the fact that they do not have insurance, and like most folks, are unable to afford treatment or medication costs for after care, post rehabilitation. By expanding Medicaid and making these vital services available, we will start to see a decrease in the continuation of a perpetuating cycle of addiction and hopelessness.”

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+ September 2019

Raleigh Report 33 - September 2, 2019
Thank American Labor

Raleigh Report 34 - September 9, 2019
Unconstitutional Gerrymandering, Standing Strong for a Better Budget, and More

Raleigh Report 35 - September 16, 2019
A Sad Day for Democracy, Illegal Gerrymandering, and More

+ August 2019

Raleigh Report 29 - August 5, 2019
Another week in the budget veto garage

Raleigh Report 30 - August 12, 2019
Broadband, health, and public safety

Raleigh Report 31 - August 12, 2019
Ag Fair, Veterans, Jane Hipps, and Addiction Recovery

Raleigh Report 32 - August 26, 2019
Gov. visits WNC, Equality Day, Holding Strong, and Duke Energy

+ July 2019

Raleigh Report 24 - July 1, 2019
Budget veto report

Raleigh Report 25 - July 8, 2019
Liberty and Justice for ALL

Raleigh Report 26 - July 15, 2019
Backyard fellowship, upcoming town halls, and the compromise budget

Raleigh Report 27 - July 22, 2019
Square dancing, Folkmoot, town hall recap, and supporting our state employees

Raleigh Report 28 - July 29, 2019
Dancing the summer away, Person First, budget stalemate, and Medicaid Expansion

+ June 2019

Raleigh Report 20 - June 3, 2019
A step forward for broadband, preparing for 5G, WNC sheriffs in Raleigh, supporting our craft brewers, and paid family leave

Raleigh Report 21 - June 10, 2019
D-Day 75th anniversary, Miss USA, Quick Draw, legislative pages, and the Senate Budget

Raleigh Report 22 - June 17, 2019
Ray Kinsland, Job Corps, Creation Care, ag and biosciences, and the Education Truth Tour

Raleigh Report 23 - June 24, 2019
Oconaluftee saved!, NCSSM Morganton Campus, and breakfast with Governor Cooper

+ May 2019

Raleigh Report 16 - May 6, 2019
Honoring Riley Howell, Red for Education, and House budget highlights

Raleigh Report 17 - May 13, 2019
Broadband grants, elk capital, and big billion dollar differences in our budgets

Raleigh Report 18 - May 20, 2019
NC farm tour, fire chiefs visit Raleigh, WCU grad students, Cashiers Chamber, and NC's renewable energy-agriculture economy

Raleigh Report 19 - May 27, 2019
Memorial Day, legislative pages, Sportsmen's Caucus, and another step forward for broadband

+ April 2019

Raleigh Report 11 - April 1, 2019
Broadband everywhere we have electricity, Medicaid expansion, arts day, and the rural-urban divide

Raleigh Report 12 - April 8, 2019
Frack free NC, holding Duke Energy accountable, voter rights, healthcare workers, WCU in Raleigh, and your rights are my priority

Raleigh Report 13 - April 15, 2019
Governor Cooper visits Jackson and Swain, WNC Chambers of Commerce, Think Babies, AARP, and Medicaid Expansion

Raleigh Report 14 - April 23, 2019
Happy Easter! Haywood County Farm Bureau, public education, Land for Tomorrow, and our broadband strategy

Raleigh Report 15 - April 29, 2019
Health matters, Greening Up the Mountains, and protecting our mountain way of life

+ March 2019

Raleigh Report 07 - March 4, 2019
EBCI, NC School of Math and Science, Down Home NC, and the State of our State is Determined

Raleigh Report 08 - March 11, 2019
Governor Cooper's budget priorities, social work advocacy, new NC Supreme Court Justice, and the ERA

Raleigh Report 09 - March 18, 2019
Senior citizens, workforce development, broadband update and the future of our State

Raleigh Report 10 - March 25, 2019
American Heart Association, WNC Medical Society, Ag Awareness, WNC Farmers Market, and the rural-urban divide

+ February 2019

Raleigh Report 03 - February 4, 2019
Working with Governor Cooper, closing the coverage gap, Mission Health, and ag development

Raleigh Report 04 - February 11, 2019
School tours, National Guard, military police, town halls, and healthcare transformation

Raleigh Report 05 - February 18, 2019
Town hall recap, redistricting, Cherokee Schools, and the minimum wage

Raleigh Report 06 - February 25, 2019
Bipartisan broadband solutions, telehealth, college visits, State of the State, and closing the coverage gap

+ January 2019

Raleigh Report 01 - January 21, 2019
Getting started, contact info, broadband caucus, and my legislative priorities

Raleigh Report 02 - January 28, 2019
Schools, law enforcement, farm tour, committees, and hopeful horizons for healthcare

In the Press


Gov. Cooper visits SCC
- Smoky Mountain News

August 28, 2019

“You shouldn’t have to choose between your education and making ends meet,” said Queen. “Whether it’s a car repair, an unexpected healthcare cost or a childcare need, these grants offer assistance to make sure you keep your head above water and graduate on time.”

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Leaders Explore Solutions at Summit
- Smoky Mountain Times

August 22, 2019

“One of the most problematic things we see on a day-to-day basis is the lack of availability for treatment when individuals seek assistance,” Queen said. “We continually see people falling through the cracks due to the fact that they do not have insurance, and like most folks, are unable to afford treatment or medication costs for after care, post rehabilitation. By expanding Medicaid and making these vital services available, we will start to see a decrease in the continuation of a perpetuating cycle of addiction and hopelessness.”

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Fight for Medicaid Expansion
- Smoky Mountain News

August 7, 2019

"When you take away the spin, the real question is, do we want to pay for our own healthcare or do we want to ship our tax dollars off, out of state, never to be seen again?"

Budget Stalemate Drags On
- Smoky Mountain News

July 24, 2019

“It wasn’t worth a damn — it left 500,000 folks without healthcare. It didn’t give teachers and state employees the raises they deserve, and we’re going to veto it, because we’re not going to go along with that,” he said. “I’m not willing to throw 500,000 North Carolina citizens under the bus, now that we have worked hard to give them the veto to make that case. We’re going to make our case.”

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Millions and billions — Correction from last week’s guest column
- Smoky Mountain News

July 17, 2019

That’s a positive $10 billion impact on our North Carolina economy if we expand Medicaid now. The spread is an astounding $20 BILLION for no, I repeat, NO NEW TAXES.

That, my friends, is a significant difference worth fighting for.

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Queen: Dems ‘won’t cave’ on budget veto, Medicaid expansion
- Smoky Mountain News

July 17, 2019

“It’s not a good thing to not have a state budget,” said Queen. “The only way we move this is with public pressure. People need to call their elected representatives and tell them to negotiate with their duly elected governor.”

Will North Carolina end July session without fiscal plan?
- The Center Square

July 17, 2019

“They’re playing a game right now called budget garage,” Queen told The Smoky Mountain News.

“They don’t have the votes,” Queen also said. “We will sustain the governor’s veto. We won’t cave.”

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Town hall meeting with Queen set for Saturday
- The Sylva Herald

July 17, 2019

Representative Joe Sam Queen will host a town hall meeting from 4-5 p.m. Saturday at Southwestern Child Development Commission

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Developer for WCU student housing project cited for runoff
- WLOS

July 17, 2019

“We have a thriving whitewater industry for rafting, canoeing and fly fishing. And we want all those to be protected,” said Representative Joe Sam Queen.

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Queen to host town hall Saturday
- The Mountaineer

July 17, 2019

He will meet with constituents and address the progress of the legislative session so far, including the current budget negotiations and their implications for residents in the N.C. 119th legislative district.

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Budget is about $95 million for Haywood, Jackson and Swain
- The Smoky Mountain News

July 10, 2019

Gov. Roy Cooper’s Invest N.C. Bond would commit $55 million for Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties. This allocation is timely, transparent, and certain. It would be distributed as follows:

Tribute to Revolutionary War militia unveiled
- The Mountaineer

July 8, 2019

Master of Ceremonies state Rep. Joe Sam Queen called Lanning a “man with art, history and adventure in his blood.”

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Revolutionary War militiaman statue dedicated in Waynesville
- WLOS

July 4, 2019

“Celebrate our liberties, celebrate our founding values and stand up for our great country,” State Representative Joe Sam Queen said.

Budget standoff hinges on Medicaid expansion
- Smoky Mountain News

July 3, 2019

“I am vetoing this budget because it prioritizes the wrong things,” Cooper said during a press conference at the Executive Mansion later that day. “It values corporate tax breaks over classrooms, gimmicks over guaranteed school construction and political ideology over people.”

State budget coming down to the wire
- Smoky Mouintain News

June 26, 2019

“We will not negotiate away healthcare for half a million citizens that we have already paid for,” Queen said. “This budget is about saving 1,000 lives every year, and insuring 500,000 hard-working, low-wage workers.”

Oconaluftee Job Corps saved from closure
- Smoky Mouintain News

June 26, 2019

“Thank you to everyone who submitted a public comment — 534 comments were received by the Department of Labor,” Queen wrote in his weekly newsletter. “We appreciate everyone for pitching in! Public pressure made the difference, and all of you were instrumental in saving this great program in Western North Carolina.”

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Rep. Queen invites labor secretary to Oconaluftee
- Smoky Mouintain News

June 19, 2019

In his letter to Acosta, Queen pointed out that the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, is ranked 18 out of 124 centers in the nation. It’s top performance record is what makes it difficult to understand why Oconaluftee is on the chopping block.

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Politicians working to save Job Corps programs
- Cherokee One Feather

June 12, 2019

“I believe in this program, and its positive impact on the Cherokee community speaks for itself. I think that you will agree once you meet the fine people who work at this center.”

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Swain, Jackson counties receive grant funding for broadband infrastructure
- Cherokee One Feather

May 9, 2019

“Everywhere we have electricity, we should have high-speed internet service,” said North Carolina Representative Joe Sam Queen, chair of the House Broadband Workgroup. “These grants are a great step forward toward that goal.”


Make way for elk (and trout): Haywood, Jackson counties seek designation as state’s elk and trout capitals
- Smoky Mountain News

May 8, 2019

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to promote unique things in our area, our national parks and our beautiful mountains in general,” said Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville. “It’s a way to use really a symbol of North Carolina to promote our region.”


Gov. Cooper gets a tour of WCU during his visit to WNC
- Western Carolina University News

April 16, 2019

“I’m honored to be on the campus of Western Carolina,” Cooper told the class. “What a great university that’s well-respected, not only across our state, but across the country. You guys have great paying jobs out there waiting for you. There are a lot of businesses, a lot of governmental entities that really need people that have the training that you’re getting right here at Western Carolina,” he said.


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Brady Blackburn, Legislative Assistant
919-715-3005
brady.blackburn@ncleg.net

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