Ada M. Fisher (1947- )

Ada Fisher
Ada Fisher
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Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a retired physician and a recurrent Republican candidate for office. Fisher was born on October 21, 1947, in Durham, North Carolina, the daughter of Rev. Miles Mark Fisher, a son of a former slave and his Seminole Indian wife. Rev. Fisher was also a Republican, and his grandfather was freed by the 13th Amendment, which was adopted in 1865. Little information is found about the wife of Rev. Miles Mark Fisher. Dr. Fisher is single but adopted two children: Shevin Michael and Charles Malvern.

Dr. Fisher earned her first degree in biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. After receiving her degree, Dr. Fisher worked at the University of Rochester in family medicine and ran a health clinic in rural North Carolina. During her time in the medical field, Dr. Fisher was the medical director of Amoco Oil Company and Service Line Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Occupational Health Services. She also worked as an independent medical examiner and community volunteer, particularly with students who dropped out of high school.

After she retired as a practicing physician, Dr. Fisher got heavily involved in politics.  She had already been a member of the Republican Party of North Carolina for over 50 years and was a member of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. Dr. Fisher was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina in 2002 and a candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina’s 12th District in 2004 and 2006. She also ran for the North Carolina House of Representatives in District 77 in 2008.

Fisher became politically active in 1996 when she moved back to North Carolina because she felt the GOP had lost its primary mission to uphold the U.S. Constitution. This frustration led to her write Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us. The book, which first appeared in 2012, helped, in her view, to usher in a new era of GOP politics that accurately linked the Republicans to their conservative past.

Fisher encouraged other African Americans to join the Republican Party by arguing that the GOP’s interest reflected the Black community’s core values even when most African Americans voted for the Democrats. Dr. Fisher worked on the Republican Party Presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Donald J. Trump. Additionally, she was the RNC’s Committeewoman for North Carolina, which made her the first Black woman to serve in this position and the only Black woman on the national committee. Fisher was elected to the post in June 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.

Outside of her role in the RNC, Dr. Fisher enjoys writing and telling stories about her friends, families, and other life experiences. During her early life, Dr. Fisher converted to Judaism. As a Jewish American, Dr. Fisher also sometimes spends time in the Temple in Salisbury, North Carolina, where she resides with her two adult sons.