Lauch Faircloth was a United States senator from 1993 to 1999. He also served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce from 1977 to 1983 and as chairman of the North Carolina Highway Commission from 1969 to 1973.
A native of Sampson County, North Carolina, Lauch is an owner of Coharie and Faircloth Farms, North Carolina’s fifth largest hog operation, and an officer in the Coharie Mill Supply Company, Inc.
Lauch began his political career as a Democrat and helped elect four Democratic North Carolina governors. In 1984 he ran unsuccessfully for governor in a bid to unseat then-Governor Jim Hunt. In 1990 he endorsed Republican Senator Jesse Helms for re-election and in 1991 switched his political registration to Republican. In 1992 he defeated Terry Sanford, who was running for re-election to the Senate. Lauch’s two pet projects were banking reform and District of Columbia city government.
Lauch lives in Clinton and has one daughter, Anne Bryan Faircloth, T’91, and a granddaughter.