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Elaine Marshall's Biography


Contact Information

Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, 27601-2903

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 29622
Raleigh, 27626-0622

Full Name:

Elaine Folk Marshall




Husband: Jessie

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Lineboro, MD

Home City:

Harnett County, NC



JD, Campbell University School of Law, 1979-1981

BS, Home Economics, University of Maryland, 1964-1968

Secretary of State, State of North Carolina, 1996-present

Candidate, Secretary of State, State of North Carolina, 2020

Candidate, United States Senate, 2010

Senator, North Carolina State Senate, District 15, 1993-1994

Former Instructor, Johnston Tech

Former Instructor, Lenoir Community College

Partner, Marshall and Marshall, 1993-1997

Partner, Bain and Marshall, 1985-1992

Associate, Office of Edgar R. Bain, 1981-1984

Adjunct Faculty, Trial Advocacy Program, Campbell University School of Law, 1982-1984

Owner/Decorator, The Custom House, 1975-1979

Teacher, Lenoir County School System, 1969-1970

Director, Maryland 4-H Foundation, 1964-1966

Board Member, North Carolina Board of Economic Development, 1993-1994, 1997-present

Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Secretaries of State, 1998-present

Member, Board of Trustees, Meredith College, 1998-present

Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, 1997-present

Chair, Electronic Commerce Work Group, 1997-present

Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, 1994-present

Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Justice Academy Foundation, 1994-present

Member, North Carolina College of Advocacy, 1981-present

Member, Divine Street United Methodist Church, present

Former Member, Agriculture and Forestry Resources Study Commission

Member, American Academy of Trial Lawyers

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, Latin American Resource Center

Member, Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity

Former Member, Family Issues Study Commission

Former Member, Legislative Research Study Commission on Alternative Health Care

Former Member, Medicaid Study Commission

Former President, National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council

Member, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

Member, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

Former Member, North Carolina Courts Commission

Former Co-Chair, North Carolina Information Highway Grants Advisory Committee

Member, North Carolina State Bar Association

President, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), 2015

Chair, National Secretaries of State Standing Committee on Business Services & Licensing, 2004

Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina 4-H Development Fund, Incorporated, 1990-1998

Member, Board of Directors, Harnett County United Way, 1987-1996

Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Rural Economic Development Fund, Incorporated, 1993-1995

Chair, Harnett County Democratic Party, 1991-1992

President, Harnett County Bar Association, 1988-1989

President, Democratic Women of Harnett County, 1983-1987

Vice President, Campbell University School of Law Alumni Association, 1985-1986

National Secretary/Board Member, Young Democrats of America, 1977-1979

Board Member, Young Democrats of North Carolina, 1974-1977


The Distinguished Attorney Award from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys -- a group that has only awarded this honor twice in its entire history;

The Common Cause North Carolina Leadership in Government Award;

The North Carolina Association of Educators' Women's Equality Award;

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society's Eta State Founders Award;

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business by the Triangle Business Journal;

The National Notary Association's 2006 Achievement Award, and being named to National Notary Magazine's list of "The 50 Most Influential People in Notarization in the Last 50 Years";

Served as President in 2007 of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council, a think tank dedicated to bringing best technology practices into all levels of government across this country;

Recognized as the leader in state Trademark protection by the US Chamber of Commerce, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, Underwriters Laboratories, and a variety of companies;

Secretary Marshall has even received an official "Gold Record" from the Recording Industry Association of America for her law enforcement work to protect Trademarked goods and patent holders;

Recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award' from the 4-H Foundation.

Father's Occupation:

Farmer, volunteer fire fighter, community leader

Hobbies or Special Talents:

ACC football and basketball, cooking, gardening

Mother's Occupation:

Church organist

Number of Grandchildren:


Reason for Seeking Public Office:

Two years ago, I made a decision to run for U. S. Senate because I believed that we, as a country, needed to focus more on people and less on powerful interests. While we came up short last year, the same issues that compelled me to run then, face us today. I'm running for re-election for North Carolina Secretary of State so we can keep up the fight.

Today, we see a grassroots protest movement called Occupy Wall Street that, in some ways, is similar to the grassroots protest movement known as the Tea Party. While they have different goals, they both arose from anger at feeling left out of our political and economic system. It's our responsibility as elected officials to address that anger and try to right those wrongs.

As Secretary of State, I worked to reform our lobbying laws to ensure transparency and reduce undue influence of special interests in the legislature. As part of my job, I oversee securities and investment and I've held powerful financial interests accountable when they have misled investors, both large and small. And I've cracked down on scam artists who use "Ponzi schemes" to prey on our most vulnerable citizens and have sent the con men to jail for long sentences.

Today, there is a concerted effort to roll back the lobbying laws at the state level. At the federal level, there is push to strip my powers of enforcement and allow for more "self-regulation" of the financial industry. We all know what that gets us.

I'm running again because I'm ready to fight these attempts to shift power back into the hands of the few. I ask for your help and support. It's going to take all of us working together to get this country back on the right track.

Thank you,

Elaine Marshall