A History of Public Service

Jeff's career in public service began after the attacks of September 11th, when he enlisted as a Private in the Army Reserve. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was stationed in the tribal region north of Kandahar for his year-long deployment. After he came home, he attended law school at UNC-Chapel Hill with help from the G.I. Bill.

Jeff's military service continues to this day as a Captain in the JAG Corps with the Army National Guard. He drills monthly with the 113th Sustainment Brigade.


Before joining the General Assembly, Jeff worked as an assistant district attorney and tried over one hundred cases ranging from DWI to first degree murder. In the process, he saw up close the results of too little investment in public education, economic development, and mental healthcare.

Now a Democratic State Senator in North Carolina, Jeff has helped build a bipartisan coalition to end gerrymandering, has formed the state's first Early Childhood Education Caucus, and has introduced a number of bills to modernize our criminal laws, including finally closing the revoke consent loophole.


Jeff is married to Marisa, a marketing director, with two sons and a daughter. Haden, now 11 years old, attends sixth grade at a public CMS school. Owen is 4. Avery was born October 2018. Jeff is a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

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