Cressie Thigpen

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Cressie Thigpen
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Court Information:
North Carolina Court of Appeals
Title:   Former judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Bev Perdue
Active:   2011-2012
Preceded by:   Barbara Jackson
Past post:   Special Superior Court Judge
Past term:   2008-2010
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Court of Appeals
State:  North Carolina
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  47.3%DefeatedD
Cressie Thigpen was a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He was first appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue on August 23, 2010 to fill the vacancy left by James Wynn. His term expired at the end of 2010, but he was reappointed by Gov. Perdue on January 3, 2011 to replace Judge Barbara Jackson. His term ended at the end of 2012.[1][2]


Thigpen received his bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University in 1968 and his J.D. from Rutgers University in 1973.[2]


Thigpen has practiced law for 30 years, most recently as a partner with the firm Blue, Stephens & Fellers. In 1999, he was elected president of the North Carolina State Bar. Two years prior to joining the North Carolina Court of Appeals, he was appointed as a special superior court judge.[2]

Awards and associations

  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, North Carolina Central University
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[2]



Thigpen ran for re-election to the Court of Appeals on November 6, 2012, but was defeated by Chris Dillon after receiving 47.3 percent of the vote.[3][4]

See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2012


  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys[5]

2010 election

Thigpen ran for election to the seat he was appointed to. This election utilized an instant runoff voting method. After the results were counted, Doug McCullough was leading, with Thigpen in second place. Thigpen requested a recount, which proved McCullough's win in the general election.[6][7]

See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2010

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