David Funderburk attended Aberdeen High School and then studied 1965-1967 at Wake Forest University. He then continued his education continued until 1974 with a degree in philosophy at the University of South Carolina. In the following years Funderburk taught the history at various universities, including as a full professor at Campbell University in Buies Creek. He also received multiple honorary doctorates. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party.
Between 1981 and 1985 he was the successor of Orison Rudolph Aggrey United States Ambassador in Romania. In 1987 he published a book in which he wrote down his experiences in this country. In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully in the primary for his party 's nomination as a candidate in the election for the U.S. Senate. In the congressional elections of 1994 Funderburk in the second constituency of North Carolina was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Tim Valentine on January 3, 1995. Since 1901 he was the first Republican who represented this district in the House of Representatives. Since he Democrat Bob Etheridge defeated in 1996, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1997.
Today David Funderburk lives in Southern Pines. He is a member of the Senior Citizens League and government advisor. He is also a faculty member of the University of Oradea in Romania.