Local Politics

Senate Leader's Wife Dies

Posted June 11, 2007

— The wife of Senate leader Marc Basnight died Sunday after an illness, his office announced Monday.

Sandy Basnight, 59, had been hospitalized in Chapel Hill with an undisclosed illness. Basnight told Senate colleagues last week that he would be absent "for the immediate future" because of a family matter.

Services will be held on Wednesday in Wanchese. Further details are pending.

Donations can be made in Sandy Basnight's name to Bethany United Methodist Church, 101 Old Wharf Road, Wanchese, NC 27981.

Notes and cards to Marc Basnight and his family can be sent to 2007 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Basnight, a Dare County Democrat, is among the most powerful elected officials in state government. He has served in the Senate since 1985 and has been Senate president pro tempore for a record eight two-year terms.

His absence comes as the House and Senate try to work out differences in their competing budgets before the new fiscal year begins July 1.


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  • Adelinthe Jun 13, 2007

    No room for politics in this story.

    Praying for comfort for her loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • pbjbeach Jun 11, 2007

    i personnaly think that the senator cares a whole lot more about this state than the one that is at the present time the u.s. senator that is originally here from the state of kanas. at least when he goes home it is still within the boundaries of the state of north carolina. i admire the senator for his dedication to his family. an i am personnly sorry for his lost

  • shine Jun 11, 2007

    Sympathy goes out to Senator Basnight and his family. It does not matter what side your politics are on - it is a loss.

  • diwanicki Jun 11, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • bill0 Jun 11, 2007

    The donations are going to her church. The term sounds bad surrounding a politician, but it is definite trend at funerals. People request that instead of spending a ton of money on flowers, you make a donation to a cause they cared about. I think it is a fitting request for a woman who tried to stay out of the public eye.

  • angora Jun 11, 2007

    Why is this newsworthy? For one reason, there was plenty of criticism about Basnight's being away from the Senate during the budget decisions. Lots of derogatory, nasty postings here too. Because of this public announcement, we all know why he was away, so all the critics can insert their large feet into their mouths.

  • superman Jun 11, 2007

    I am sorry about his wife but the loss of personal property with the loss of his wife is cold.

  • megbaum Jun 11, 2007

    Senator Basnight's wife stood by him through a lot of hard years and she was a lovely woman - and, indeed, the woman behind the man.
    You may or may not agree with Senator Basnight's politics but you cannot doubt his passion for his home and his family, his commitment to the community and state where he grew up and now lives.
    My sympathies and prayers to the family.

  • wakeraised Jun 11, 2007

    I'll tell you why this is a news worthy article:

    1 - Because Democrat or Republican she served her State and Country by being a spouse to an elected official and has sacrificed plenty of her own time in support of her husband who loves North Carolina. She deserves respect and so does this family!

  • packandcanesfan Jun 11, 2007



    I think that is because so many people know them.. in lieu of flowers for those that would send them.

    Condolences to the family.