A Life of Diversity
Brian Irving was born in The Bronx, New York and served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force. Most of his career was overseas, in the Philippines, Viet Nam, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
His next-to-last duty assignment was as public affairs officer at Pope AFB, Fayetteville, where he grew to love North Carolina. So when he retired in 1992, he and his wife Lisa returned to Fayetteville where he worked for several years in the non-profit sector, and as a freelance writer. He served four years on the Fayetteville Planning Commission, including two years as chair.
The couple moved to Wake County in 2006 to be near their two adult children and six grandchildren.
Irving earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of the Philippines, a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University, and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University (New Orleans).
I Believe in the Spirit, Integrity and Compassion of the People of North Carolina
North Carolina is a place where individuals succeed through voluntary social cooperation solving our most critical challenges through free market innovation with dignity, respect, and understanding. That’s why I chose to retire here.
We can be proud of the many ways neighbors help neighbors, families encourage families, and how our people are strengthened when coming together in mutual respect and understanding. We welcome diversity and change, respecting the dignity of all individuals.
Government far too often stifles innovation through regulation, subverts compassion through bureaucracy, and suppresses achievement through economic manipulation. That’s because the establishment parties manipulate government to maintain their power and benefit their special interests – not to serve all the people of North Carolina.
State, county and local governments should never be allowed to stand as obstacles to the people, obstacles to who we are, who we can be, and what we can achieve.