NC-08: Pat Timmons-Goodson (D)
Born into a military family, Pat Timmons-Goodson grew up learning the value of a strong work ethic, service to her community, and commitment to others.
Timmons-Goodson was one of the first African-American students to become a double Tar Heel, earning her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After law school, she oversaw Fayetteville operations for the U.S. Census Office in Charlotte during the 1980 count, and then went on to become a respected Cumberland County assistant district attorney.
Pat Timmons-Goodson became the first African-American woman on the Supreme Court of North Carolina in 2006. After stepping down from the Supreme Court in 2012, she was appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 2014 and was nominated by President Obama in 2016 to serve as a federal judge before the nomination was blocked by Senators Richard Burr and Mitch McConnell.
Since her appointment to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Timmons-Goodson has continued her fight to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law and to combat discrimination. She and her husband are the parents to two adult children and currently reside in Fayetteville.
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