Beverly Perdue

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Bev Perdue
Governor of North Carolina
Former officeholder
In office
2009 - January 5, 2013
Date of birthJanuary 14, 1947
Office website
Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue (born January 14, 1947[1] in Grundy, Virginia) was the Democratic Governor of North Carolina from 2009 to 2013.

First elected in 2008, Perdue was North Carolina's first female governor. Perdue announced on January 26, 2012 that she would not seek a second term in office.[2] She was succeeded by Pat McCrory (R), who won election on November 6, 2012.


Perdue was born and raised in the coal mountains of Southwestern Virginia in Grundy. Thought neither of her parents ever finished high school, Perdue earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and both a master's degree in education and a doctoral degree in education administration from the University of Florida. Before entering state politics, Perdue worked in education and health care.


  • BA, University of Kentucky (1969)
  • MEd, University of Florida (1974)
  • PhD, Education administration, University of Florida (1976)

Political career

Governor of North Carolina (2009-2013)

Perdue first won election as governor in 2008. She was the first female ever elected Governor of North Carolina. As governor, Perdue was responsible for appointing judges to North Carolina state courts. In North Carolina, the governor makes judicial appointments. The new judge must run for the seat in the next general election more than sixty days after the appointment. For an up-to-date list of all of Perdue's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on her appointments.

Automobile inspections

Following an investigation by Charlotte Observer and The News and Observer highly critical of North Carolina's mandatory annual automobile inspections on efficacy and corruption grounds, Perdue advocated exempting newer cars and ordered a review of the system in November 2011. The John Locke Foundation identified Perdue's proposal as one which would have reduced "cronyism."[3]

Liquor privatization

Perdue announced she would not propose privatizing North Carolina’s government-run liquor stores, siding with a large, diverse array of interest groups opposing the idea. Among those who agreed with her were local politicians who want to keep the revenue and patronage, beer and wine wholesalers who didn’t want increased competition for consumer dollars, and cultural conservatives worried about the possibility of increased alcohol abuse and addiction.[4]

Regulatory Reform

In October 2010, Perdue issued an executive order to streamline the regulatory process within all state agencies over which she had control. The order mandated that agencies conduct cost/benefit analysis of new regulations, annually review existing regulations, and seek out alternatives to regulation, among other things. Perdue's executive order influenced North Carolina's 2011 Regulatory Reform Act. The John Locke Foundation identified excessive regulation as a major source of "cronyism" in North Carolina.[5]


According to a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling in June 2012, Perdue had a 59 percent disapproval rating. It was the highest disapproval rating of the 40 governors polled by PPP at that time. Her approval rating was 30 percent, with 11 percent unsure.[6]

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (2000-2008)

Education Lottery

As lieutenant governor, Perdue cast her tie-breaking vote to pass the bill creating the North Carolina Education Lottery on August 30, 2005. The bill's passage by the Senate marked the end of a legislative process identified by the John Locke Foundation as an example of "cronyism." The Senate vote occurred two weeks after Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight had announced that his chamber was finished with its work for the year and also followed a rushed House vote full of irregularities which deadlocked the North Carolina Supreme Court 3-3.[7]

North Carolina State Senate (1990-2000)

During her last three terms in the Senate, she served as one of the state's chief budget writers and was the first woman to hold this position. 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.

North Carolina House of Representatives (1986 - 1990)

Perdue, a Democrat, served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1986 to 1990



See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012

Perdue announced in late January 2012 that she would not seek a second term in office. Pat McCrory won election on November 6, 2012.[8]


Perdue announced her 2008 candidacy for governor on October 1, 2007 at her hometown, New Bern, North Carolina. On October 22, 2007, EMILY's List endorsed her campaign.[9][10]

She defeated Republican Pat McCrory and Libertarian Michael C. Munger in the November 2008 general election.

Governor of North Carolina, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBev Perdue 50.3% 2,146,189
     Republican Pat McCrory 46.9% 2,001,168
     Libertarian Michael C. Munger 2.8% 121,584
Total Votes 4,268,941
Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections


Perdue was re-elected to a second term in 2004 as Lieutenant Governor in North Carolina.

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBev Perdue Incumbent 55.6% 1,888,397
     Republican Jim Snyder 42.8% 1,453,705
     Libertarian Christopher Cole 1.7% 56,368
Total Votes 3,398,470
Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections


In 2000, Perdue defeated Republican Betsy Cochrane for the Lieutenant Governor's seat, becoming North Carolina's first female lieutenant governor.

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBev Perdue 52.3% 1,500,206
     Republican Betsy Cochrane 45.9% 1,315,825
     Reform Party Catherine Carter 1.8% 50,352
Total Votes 2,866,383
Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Beverly Purdue's donors each year.[11] Click [show] for more information.

Campaign fine

The North Carolina Board of Elections fined Perdue's gubernatorial election campaign $30,000 for the more than 40 unpaid flights she received from private aircraft while campaigning in 2008 and other irregularities.[12]


Perdue makes her home in Chapel Hill and formerly lived in New Bern. She is married to Bob Eaves and has two grown sons from a previous marriage, Garrett and Emmett.

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina Governor
2009 - 2013
Succeeded by
Pat McCrory