Cheri Beasley is a devoted public servant and an experienced leader who has dedicated her life to the people of North Carolina. Cheri was taught that she could accomplish anything with hard work and faith. Her mom was a trailblazer, earning a Ph.D., and becoming a university dean and a national leader in her field. After Cheri graduated from college, she went on to earn a law degree and began her legal career as a public defender in Fayetteville. She won her first election as district judge shortly after she and her husband Curt welcomed their twin boys, Thomas and Matthew.
In 1999, she was appointed as a state district court judge and won elections for the position in 2002 and 2006. Cheri won a seat on the court of appeals in 2008 by a commanding 15-point margin, becoming the first African American woman to win a statewide election. In 2014, Cheri was elected associate justice of the state Supreme Court, overcoming a Republican wave that flipped Democratic-held seats in North Carolina and states across the country.
In 2019, Cheri made history by becoming the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Now, she is running for Senate to fight for all North Carolinians.