The Honorable Howard Lee
Howard Lee spent his career in public service after receiving a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He served as mayor of Chapel Hill, ran for lieutenant governor, and served as secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development under Governor Jim Hunt. In 1990, he was appointed to the N.C. Senate to represent the 16th District. Lee was re-elected in 1992, defeated in 1994, and re-elected in 1996, 1998, and 2000. Lee sponsored the Safe Schools Act, designed to keep violence out of North Carolina classrooms. He served as chair of the State Board of Education and served on the North Carolina State Utilities Commission. Lee is the executive director of the North Carolina Education Cabinet and an adjunct faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill.