Michael Francis Easley

Former Governor of North Carolina

Michael Francis Easley

Michael Francis Easley

Former Governor of North Carolina

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Michael Francis Easley

The first governor inaugurated in the twenty-first century and the first born after World War II, Michael F. Easley (1950- ) advocated early childhood initiatives, reduced class size, and increased teacher pay, proposing a state lottery to fund his education goals. The "Baby Boomer Governor" was born in Rocky Mount and attended Belmont Abbey College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing his law degree at North Carolina Central University.

As a district attorney, Easley earned a reputation as a fearless prosecutor, gaining convictions against drug dealers and corrupt public officials. His political stock rose and, in 1990, he sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate but was defeated in that bid by Harvey Gantt. In 1992 voters elected Easley to the first of two terms as attorney general. He maintained a public image as a consumer advocate, targeting fraudulent telemarketers and unscrupulous lenders. Negotiating with other attorneys general, he helped craft a settlement with the tobacco industry.

In 2000 Easley defeated Dennis A. Wicker for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and Richard Vinroot in the fall. In his campaign Easley kept the focus on education and health care. At his inauguration, he emphasized "one State, one people, one family." In the weeks that followed, he instituted cuts and freezes to cope with a state budget shortfall. His education initiatives included "More at Four," a program serving at-risk four year olds. During his first term, Easley became the first governor in state history to issue a veto.

Easley sought a second term, defeating Republican Patrick Ballantine in November 2004. At his second inauguration, he spoke of a course whereby knowledge, talent, and skill would allow North Carolinians to compete in a changing economy. In August 2005 Easley signed legislation to create the state lottery, with proceeds allocated for education. After leaving office he took a foundation position to work on education issues.

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Birthday

03/23/1950 - Rocky Mount, NC, United States

Age

68

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May 7, 2017
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March 12, 2015
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March 6, 2015
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Triangle Business Journal (North Carolina)
March 2, 2015
N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts director to retire
Charlotte Business Journal
October 27, 2014
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Michael Francis Easley
Former Governor of North Carolina
Education
J.D. with Honors
Class of 1976
Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Political Science
Class of 1972

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also known as UNC, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or simply Carolina is a coeducational public research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. North Carolina has been consistently ranked among the highest ranked universities in the United States and is one of the original eight Public Ivy schools that provide an Ivy League experience for a public schooling price. After being chartered in 1789, the university first began enrolling students in 1795, which allows it to be one of three schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States.

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BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE OFFERS BACCALAUREATE LEVEL EDUCATION IN HUMANITIES, NATURAL SCIENCES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES.

Memberships
Member

The international fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (also known as FIJI) is one of the largest Greek-letter social fraternity in North America with more than 120 active chapters and 18 colonies across the United States and Canada.The organization was founded on April 22, 1848, at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Career History
Attorney General
1993 - 2001
District Attorney
1982 - 1990
Boards & Committees
Co-Chair, Board of Directors
Prior

Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Created in 1996 by a bipartisan group of governors and business leaders, Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a priority across the country so that students graduating from high school are academically prepared for postsecondary success. When states want to collaborate on education policy or practice, they come to Achieve. At the direction of 48 states, and partnering with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Achieve helped develop the Common Core State Standards. Twenty-six states and the National Research Council asked Achieve to manage the process to write the Next Generation Science Standards. In the past Achieve also served as the project manager for states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. And since 2005, Achieve has worked with state teams, governors, state education officials, postsecondary leaders and business executives to improve postsecondary preparation by aligning key policies with the demands of the real world so that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to fully reach their promise in college, careers and life.

Political Donations Received
$1,000
2005
$1,000
2005
$1,000
2005
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