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Bev Perdue

Bev Perdue
73rd Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 10, 2009 – January 5, 2013[1]
Lieutenant Walter Dalton
Preceded by Mike Easley
Succeeded by Pat McCrory
32nd Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 6, 2001 – January 10, 2009
Governor Mike Easley
Preceded by Dennis Wicker
Succeeded by Walter Dalton
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2001[2]
Preceded by Bill Barker[3]
Succeeded by Scott Thomas
Personal details
Born (1947-01-14) January 14, 1947
Grundy, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Gary Perdue (1970–1994)
Bob Eaves (1997–present)
Alma mater University of Kentucky
University of Florida

Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue[4] (born Beverly Marlene Moore; January 14, 1947)[5] is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 73rd Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina. She was the first female governor of North Carolina.

Perdue started her political career in the 1980s, serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives. She then served five terms in the North Carolina Senate before she was elected as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. Perdue was elected to the office of Governor of North Carolina in 2008 against then-Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory by a 50-46 margin. Her 2008 gubernatorial campaign was under both State and Federal investigation, and was fined $30,000 in 2010.[6] When Hillary Clinton dropped out of the 2008 presidential race, The New York Times mentioned Perdue as a potential future presidential candidate.[7]

On January 26, 2012, facing sinking approval ratings, Perdue announced that she would not seek reelection in the 2012 gubernatorial election.[8] She was then succeeded by current governor Pat McCrory.


  • Early life and education 1
  • North Carolina legislature 2
    • Elections 2.1
    • Tenure 2.2
    • Committee assignments 2.3
  • Lieutenant Governor 3
  • 2008 gubernatorial election 4
  • Governor of North Carolina 5
  • Federal criminal investigation 6
  • Personal life 7
    • Post-governorship 7.1
  • Electoral history 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life and education

Beverly Marlene Moore[9] was born in Grundy, Virginia to Alfred P. and Irene Morefield Moore in 1947.[9] Her father was a coal miner and co-founder of a coal mining company, who went on to become CEO of a large utility company.[10] She earned a B.A. degree in history in 1969 from the University of Kentucky, as well as a M.Ed. degree in community college administration in 1974 and a Ph.D., degree in Education Administration in 1976, both from the University of Florida.[11]

North Carolina legislature

Perdue, a Democrat, served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1987 to 1991, and in the North Carolina Senate from 1991 to 2001. She represented Craven, Lenoir and Pamlico counties in the House and Craven, Carteret and Pamlico in the Senate.[12]


In 1990, she ran for the State Senate in North Carolina's 3rd Senate District, vacated by retiring State Senator Bill Barker (D-

Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Wicker
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Walter Dalton
Preceded by
Mike Easley
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Pat McCrory
  • Campaign website
  • North Carolina Democratic Party
  • News & Observer: Perdue announces bid for governor Mark Johnson, The News & Observer, October 1, 2007
  • News & Observer: Perdue's Resumes, The News & Observer, October 9, 2007
  • News & Observer: Perdue's inaugural address, The News & Observer, January 10, 2009

External links

  1. ^ Pat McCrory sworn in as governor. News & Observer. Jan. 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Certification of the results of the General Election Held on November 3, 1998 By the State Board of Elections" (PDF). North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Surprises Are Few As Hundreds File For Legislative Seats". The Lexington Dispatch. Associated Press. 6 February 1990. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Washington Post and State letterhead indicate that she places her second husband's surname, Eaves, before her first husband's surname, Perdue.
  5. ^ "Perdue's change of birthdate". News & Observer. 
  6. ^ a b Robertson, Gary D. (August 25, 2010). "N.C. Governor Perdue's campaign fined on flight reporting errors". StarNews. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  7. ^ Zernike, Kate (2008-05-18). "She Just Might Be President Someday". New York Times. 
  8. ^ Catanese, David (2012-01-26). "Bev Perdue will not seek reelection". Politico. 
  9. ^ a b c d Teague Beckwith, Ryan; Jones, Denise (2007-03-26). Beverly Perdue. The News & Observer. Retrieved on 2008-11-05.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Looking for real reform in the governor's race".  
  11. ^ a b Beverly Perdue. News & Observer. March 3, 2007. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  12. ^ Lori Ann Harris and Marianne M. Kersey, Article II: A Guide to the 1987-1988 N. C. Legislature, N. C. Center for Public Policy Research, Theo Davis & Sons, Zebulon, NC, 1988, p. 168; Kim Kebshull, Article II: A Guide to the 1991-1992 N. C. Legislature, N. C. Center for Public Policy Research, Theo Davis & Sons, Zebulon, NC, 1991, p. 47.
  13. ^ "Surprises Are Few As Hundreds File For Legislative Seats". The Dispatch. February 6, 1990. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  14. ^ "North Carolina Senate General Election". NC State Bureau of Elections. November 5, 1996. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  15. ^ Book, Sue (2006-01-11). "Potential candidates begin eyeing Thomas' Senate seat". New Bern Sun Journal. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  16. ^ "William Holt Faircloth, Jr". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  17. ^ "North Carolina Senate General Election". NC State Bureau of Elections. November 24, 1998. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  18. ^ Perdue and was the first woman to hold this position.
  19. ^ Legacy
  20. ^ "Give back the cash; retirees tell N.C.". Star-News. December 9, 1994. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  21. ^ "Committee continues debate on amendment for governor's veto". The Robesonian. July 14, 1989. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  22. ^ "New Education Reforms On Hold". News & Record. February 7, 1993. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  23. ^ Perdue campaign press release
  24. ^ Emily's List
  25. ^ "State Board of Elections". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  26. ^ a b Romoser, James (2008-11-05). "Perdue, in a first, edges McCrory".  
  27. ^ a b c Johnson, Mark; Benjamin Niolet (2008-11-02). "Race for Governor Remains Close". The News & Observer. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  28. ^ a b "Is the Southern Strategy Dead?". American Prospect. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  29. ^ "McCrory visits Chapel Hill".  
  30. ^ [1]
  31. ^ "We recommend McCrory for governor". The Charlotte Observer. 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  32. ^ "Editorial endorsement: McCrory for governor". News & Record. October 10, 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  33. ^ "Election '08: Governor". 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  34. ^ "McCrory for governor: Charlotte mayor would bring fresh and innovative leadership to Raleigh".  
  35. ^ "Perdue's Mayberry Miracle". News & Observer. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  36. ^ Robertson, Gary (2008-11-04). "Democrat Perdue becomes NC's 1st female governor". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  37. ^ [2]
  38. ^ Perdue veto kills confidentiality bill. News & Observer.
  39. ^ Seaton, Jake (July 2, 2012), NC lawmakers override Perdue's veto of fracking bill WNCN News
  40. ^ "Susie, abused dog that inspired NC law, nominated for award". June 24, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  41. ^ "Perdue jokes about suspending Congressional elections for two years". News & Observer. 2011-09-27. 
  42. ^ "Was Perdue joking? You decide. Listen here.". News & Observer. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  43. ^ "Perdue requests more federal aid after Hurricane Irene". ABC News. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  44. ^ Catanese, David. "Hurricane Irene in North Carolina a big moment for Bev Perdue". Politico. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  45. ^ [3]
  46. ^ Price, Mark (2012-06-22). "Eugenics victims vow to keep fighting for compensation after N.C. Senate nixes budget item". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  47. ^ "Governor Perdue's Video Message: A Fraction of a Penny for Progress". North Carolina Democratic Party. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  48. ^ [4]
  49. ^ Almasy, Steve (January 1, 2013). "'"North Carolina governor pardons 'Wilmington 10. CNN. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  50. ^ "Federal investigation still looms for Perdue". WRAL. November 24, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  51. ^ "3 Perdue associates indicted". Raleigh News & Observer. 30 November 2011. 
  52. ^ [5]
  53. ^ "Beverly Perdue". The Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Spring 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  54. ^ "Under the Dome: Perdue sets post-governor plans, mum on Raleigh GOP". News & Observer. June 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  55. ^


All data is from the State Board of Elections.

North Carolina state Senate district 3 election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Beverly Perdue 24,767 60.1%
Republican David G. Hipps 16,414 39.9%
North Carolina Lieutenant governor Democratic primary election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Beverly Perdue 329,183 64.1%
Democratic Ed Wilson 103,847 20.2%
Democratic Ronnie Ansley 55,622 10.8%
Democratic Joel Harbinson 25,179 4.9%
North Carolina Lieutenant governor election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Beverly Perdue 1,500,206 52%
Republican Betsy Cochrane 1,315,825 46%
Reform Catherine Carter 50,352 2%
North Carolina Lieutenant governor election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Beverly Perdue 1,888,397 56.6%
Republican Jim Snyder 1,453,705 42.8%
Libertarian Christopher Cole 56,368 1.7%
North Carolina gubernatorial Democratic primary, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Beverly Perdue 840,342 56.21%
Democratic Richard H. Moore 594.028 39.23%
Democratic Dennis Nielsen 60.628 4.06%
North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Beverly Perdue 2,146,083 50.27%
Republican Pat McCrory 2,001,114 46.88%
Libertarian Michael Munger 121,585 2.85%

Electoral history

In August 2013, Perdue became a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, where she will work with faculty and students and also serve as an adviser for Duke's Center for Child and Family Policy.[55]

In Spring 2013, she served as a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.[53] Following her Harvard fellowship, she started an education consulting business.[54]


Perdue lives in Chapel Hill and formerly lived in New Bern. She has been married to Bob Eaves since 1997 and has two grown sons, Garrett (b. 1976) and Emmett (b. 1979), from her previous marriage to Gary Perdue, which lasted from 1970 to 1994.[9] She continues to use "Perdue" as her last name, using her current married name as her middle name.

She is an Episcopalian.[9][11] Before entering public service, Perdue worked as a public school teacher, as director of geriatric services at a community hospital in her hometown of New Bern, and earned a Ph.D. in Education Administration.[52]

Personal life

After the election Peter Reichard, a Greensboro businessman who served as the Perdue campaign's finance director, was charged with obstruction of justice. Reichard has been a key player in the gubernatorial campaigns of Perdue and her predecessor, Mike Easley, both Democrats. Reichard served as Easley's finance director for his 2000 gubernatorial campaign.[51]

On late 2010, Perdue's 2008 campaign came under State and Federal investigation for 41 unreported private flights.[50] She had been fined $30,000 in August 2010 by the State Board of Elections for the unreported flights, but that body declined to investigate due the majority decision that the Perdue Committee did not intentionally violate the law.[6]

Federal criminal investigation

Governor Perdue granted full pardons of innocence to the Wilmington 10 on December 31, 2012. "These convictions were tainted by naked racism and represent an ugly stain on North Carolina's criminal justice system that cannot be allowed to stand any longer," said Gov. Beverly Purdue. "Justice demands that this stain finally be removed." Perdue said that among the key evidence that led her to grant pardons of innocence were recently discovered notes from the prosecutor who picked the jury. The notes showed the prosecutor preferred white jurors who might be members of the Ku Klux Klan and one black juror was described as an "Uncle Tom type." Perdue also pointed to the federal court's ruling that the prosecutor knew his star witness lied on the witness stand. That witness and other witnesses recanted a few years after the trial. [49]

Wilmington 10

“Through good economic times and bad, North Carolina’s enduring commitment has been to educate our children. Now more than ever, as we sit poised for an economic recovery, any delay in preparing our kids to be tomorrow’s workforce is simply unacceptable,” Gov. Perdue said. “After the General Assembly cut early education programs by 20 percent, thousands of our youngest students were cut out of the Pre-K classroom. Today we can welcome many of them in.” [48]

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue issued Executive Order No. 128 authorizing the expansion of the NC Pre-K program to serve up to 6,300 additional children by Jan. 1, 2013. An estimated 1,000 of those children can begin to be served immediately in Pre-K classrooms across the state.

Pre-K expansion

Gov. Bev Perdue called on the General Assembly to temporarily restore a fraction of a penny to the state sales tax to reverse deep and unnecessary cuts to education.[47]

Funding education

North Carolina's Republican controlled Senate removed such compensation for sterilization victims from the state's budget that the General Assembly passed after overriding the Governor's veto.[46]

While no amount of money will ever make up for the fact that government officials deprived North Carolinians, mostly women, of the possibility of having children—and officials did so, in most cases, without the victims’ consent or against their will—we must do something. I support the task force’s compensation proposal. I also agree that we should establish a permanent exhibit so that this shameful period is never forgotten. I look forward to reviewing the details of the task force’s recommendations." [45]

"Thank you to the devoted members of this task force for months of diligent, careful and thoughtful work to address one of the most difficult and emotionally wrenching issues in our state’s history.

Gov. Perdue issued the following statement regarding the final recommendations approved by the Governor’s Task Force on Eugenics Compensation:

Eugenics compensation

Governor Perdue oversaw the state's preparation and response to Hurricane Irene in 2011[43] It was seen by some political observers as a defining moment of her tenure.[44]

Hurricane Irene

On September 27, 2011, Perdue introduced the idea of suspending the Congressional elections. She told the Cary Rotary Club, "You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It's a little bit more contentious now but it's not impossible to try to do what's right in this state. You want people who don't worry about the next election." Her press secretary later claimed that the statement was intended as a joke.[41] Audio of the speech was subsequently released.[42]

Remarks about suspending Congressional elections

Perdue signed Susie's Law in 2010, which authorizes up to ten months in jail for convicted perpetrators of cruelty to animals. The legislation was inspired by Donna Smith Lawrence, then of Greensboro and later High Point, who in 2009 rescued a half Pit Bull puppy that had been set on fire and terrorized by the boyfriend of its owner. Lawrence named the dog Susie. Now a certified therapy dog, Susie is regularly taken to schools, churches, and hospitals to warn of the danger of animal abuse and to promote kindness and respect.[40]

She vetoed a bill that would have allowed fracking in North Carolina. The veto was overridden in July 2012.[39]

She also vetoed a bill that would have required voters to show photo ID before casting their ballots.

In her first use of the veto power, Gov. Perdue vetoed a bill that would have made various documents that lawmakers use in drafting legislation confidential.[38]

Perdue's Senate record followed the lines of the Democratic caucus.[10] As a member of the Board of Community Colleges, she voted against allowing illegal immigrants to attend the schools even if they graduated from a North Carolina high school.[10] She had previously said she would admit every high school graduate to community college tuition-free.[10] In late February and early March 2009, she announced that $87 million from the educational lottery would be used to ensure there is money available for the state's day-to-day operations.[37]

Political positions

Perdue was sworn in as the 73rd Governor of North Carolina on January 10, 2009, succeeding Governor Mike Easley.

Governor of North Carolina

Perdue defeated McCrory on November 4, 2008, 50.3% to 46.9%.[36]

While McCrory received the endorsement of most major newspapers in the state (which typically endorse Democrats),[29][30][31][32][33][34] Perdue received the endorsement of actor and director Andy Griffith, who filmed a campaign ad on her behalf.[35]

Perdue raised $15 million for the general election and ran ads against her Republican opponent, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, criticizing him for not being tough enough on illegal immigration.[26] Despite a national Democratic tide and Perdue's fundraising edge,[27] in the general election campaign McCrory led Perdue at first; Perdue slowly gained as the Democratic candidate.[28] Perdue and McCrory remained close, with the two often polling in a statistical tie[27] in what was the closest race for governor in the nation.[26] Perdue ran slightly behind her opponent in polls released the week before the election.[27] Pundits speculated that Perdue was hurt by current Democratic Governor Mike Easley's decreasing popularity and McCrory's efforts to tag her as part of the Political corruption in Raleigh: consultants mentioned Perdue's "difficulty of being the candidate of continuity in a change election."[28]

Perdue announced her 2008 candidacy for governor on October 1, 2007 at her hometown, New Bern, North Carolina. On October 22, 2007, pro-choice Emily's List endorsed her campaign.[23][24] On May 6, 2008, Perdue won the Democratic nomination for Governor, defeating State Treasurer Richard H. Moore and Dennis Nielsen.[25]

2008 gubernatorial election

In 2000, she defeated Republican Betsy Cochrane for the lieutenant governor's seat, becoming North Carolina's first female lieutenant governor; she was re-elected in 2004.[10] As lieutenant governor, Perdue's most significant act was casting the tie-breaking vote that established the North Carolina Education Lottery.[10]

Lieutenant Governor

She served in the House Judiciary Committee.[21] She was Chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee.[22]

Committee assignments

During her last three terms in the Senate, she served as co-chair of the Appropriations Committee[18][19] While she was in office, the General Assembly increased teacher pay and passed Governor Hunt's Excellent Schools Act and Smart Start. Additionally, she led the debate that created North Carolina's Clean Water Management Trust Fund.[10] She fought for more benefits for senior citizens.[20]



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