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Can you tell me what former 7th District Congressman Charlie Rose is up to these days?

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UPDATE: Charlie Rose died on Sept. 3, 2012, at age 73. Here is his obituary.

EARLIER ANSWER: Charlie Rose, who is 70, still spends some time as a lobbyist in Washington, but he is spending more of his time in Cedar Springs, Ga.,where he owns property and is now chairman of the board of Circle One Global.

The company developed a product to help control aflatoxins in peanuts. Aflatoxins, caused by mold, can spread illnesses to both livestock and people.

Rose, a Fayetteville Democrat, represented the 7th Congressional District from 1973 until 1996, when he decided not to run for re-election. He was replaced by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who still holds the seat.

After retiring from Congress, Rose started a consulting and lobbying firm in Washington with his wife, Stayce Hefner, who is the daughter of former Congressman Bill Hefner, a Democrat from Concord who died on Sept. 2, 2009.

During his time in Congress, Rose helped push for money to get Interstate 40 extended to Wilmington and served on an agricultural subcommittee on tobacco and peanuts, which helped him draw support from farmers in his district. He also served for two sessions of Congress as chairman of the Committee on House Administration.

In the late 1980s, Rose became the subject of a House ethics review over personal loans taken from campaign contributions. In March 1988, a House committee issued its lightest penalty – a letter of reproval. But the incident did little to dent his political clout and he continued to get re-elected until he decided to retire.

As a lobbyist, his clients included companies involved in electronics, agriculture and health care, among others.

More recently, he has continued to help lobby for businesses that specialize in high technology systems for military and security uses, including a Durham-based company that makes robots that can be used to detect hazardous materials.

“He was one of the few people in Congress who really understood that stuff,” said John Merritt, who was Rose’s congressional chief of staff and is now a political consultant.

UPDATE: Charlie Rose died on Sept. 3, 2012, after battling Parkinson’s disease.

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2 Responses to “ Can you tell me what former 7th District Congressman Charlie Rose is up to these days?”

  1. On August 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm Neil Walton wrote:

    I am wondering if there is any information on Former Congressman Rose’s representative who toured the Southeastern part of NC, parking his bus at post offices and other places to answer questions and try to inform the public in any way he could. I was the postmaster at Ash, NC for many years during which time he would come by occasionally. Very nice man

  2. On March 1, 2013 at 3:23 am Sara Louise Rose wrote:

    I think the man you’re asking about, who toured the southeastern part of NC (7th District) is named Curtis Dowd, of Fayetteville, NC. He was a longtime aide and a dear friend of former Congressman Charlie Rose. He was indeed a very nice man.

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