FULL NAME: Gregory J. Brannon.
EARLY YEARS: Born Aug. 17, 1960 in Inglewood, Calif.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, University of Southern California, 1982; medical degree, Chicago Medical School, 1988; completed residency at University of Southern California Women's Hospital, Los Angeles, 1992.
OCCUPATION: Board certified obstetrician/gynecologist at Brannon OB/GYN, Cary.
PREVIOUS CAREER: assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, with work at Wake Area Health Education Center. Started private practice in 1993.
FAMILY: Wife, Jody. Seven children ages four to 23. Three are adopted.
QUOTE: "We need to make sure we have an ambassador from our state that will stand on the border of North Carolina, keep the federal government at bay for its functions, but not intrude on us. There's no doubt we have to do that because they're going to keep on nipping and tucking at everything that they possibly can until we have a national government, not a federal government. We must stand up for the rule of law and protect our individual state." — Brannon at forum in Huntersville.