Steve Tyson

Deputy Whip

District 3



Steve Tyson is a proud native of Craven County, and except for his time on active duty in the Army, he has lived here his entire life.

Steve is a proud veteran, the father of a veteran, and the son of a WWII POW. He understands the importance of our military, and the challenges of our military families. He will be a strong advocate for our active duty service men and women, our Veterans, Cherry Point Marine Air Station as well as the Fleet Readiness Center.

Steve has been a licensed General Contractor, a licensed Real Estate Broker, and a small business owner for over 35 years. He understands the challenges of not only our active small business community but also our large industries. He helped oversee the complete restructure of the Craven County Economic Development Department.

Steve was elected Craven County Commissioner, serving 12 years with two terms as Chairman. During his tenure, the County built a new jail, Creekside Elementary School, a new water treatment plant, and converted the old jail into a modern Emergency Center. Despite these much-needed capital expenditures (over $100 million), when he left office, Craven County had the 17th lowest property tax rate among the 100 Counties in N.C.

Steve is active in the community and is currently a board member of:

Carolina East Medical Center (Hospital)
Craven100 Economic Development Alliance
Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance
Steve has been active in the community for a long time and is a past Board member of the following organizations:

Military Order of the Purple Heart Wounded Warrior Leave Program

Travel and Tourism Development Authority

Coastal Regional Solid Waste Authority

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Swiss Bear

Tryon Palace Commission

New Bern Public Library

Eastern Region Council of Government

Kellenberger Foundation

HWY 70 Commission

Criminal Justice Advisory Board

Craven County Smart Start

Eastern NC Workforce Development Board

Craven County Homebuilders Association

Uptown Business Professionals

New Bern Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee

Steve is married to Jana Tyson and lives on Madam Moore's Lane. When he is not working, he enjoys playing golf, researching the area’s history, and traveling.