Scenic Downtown Photo Michael Lee is serving in his 2nd and full term as our State Senator. He has very quickly made a tremendous impact on his colleagues and his constituents by championing education rights for all school children. He is now the Co-chair of the committee for Appropriations on Education/Higher Education.

His fighting for clean and safe drinking water, keeping our beaches beautiful, and bringing film back to Wilmington, evidences his commitment to our area.

Michael is married to Heidi Wooten Lee and together they have four wonderful children; Miles, Sydney, Sam, and Sawyer.


Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991

Academic Honors

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • Order of the Barristers Honor Society
  • National Trial Team Member

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Achievements

  • North Carolina Senate, 2014-Present
  • Named to Business North Carolina‘s Legal Elite, Real Estate
  • Selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers, Real Estate
  • Selected in 2014 Best of the Best, Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Selected by Best Lawyers® to be included in The Best Lawyers of America
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s top (“AV”) Peer Review Rating *

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Professional Memberships

  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Legislative Committee of Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section

Civic and Community Service

  • Member of St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Member of Rotary Club
  • North Carolina Courts Commission Member
  • Park Sterling Bank  Advisory Board Member

Former Civic and Community Service

  • New Hanover County Board of Adjustment, Chairman
  • City of Wilmington Board of Adjustment
  • The Carousel Center for Abused Children, Board of Directors
  • Graduate of the Wilmington Leadership Institute
  • Member of Chamber Local Government Affairs Committee
  • Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • NC State Logistics Strategic Planning Subcommittee
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation, Board Member
  • Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Port Authority Board of Directors, Chairman

 

North Carolina General Assembly State Senator

2014

Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee

 

2015-2016

Standing Committees

Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety (2015)

Appropriations on Education/Higher Education (2016)

Commerce

Information Technology

Insurance

Judiciary I

Program Evaluation

Redistricting

Select Committee on UNC Board of Governors

 

Non-Standing Committees

Committee on Regulatory and Rate Issues in Insurance (Legislative Research Commission) Co-chair

Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting

Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee

Legislative Ethics Committee

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee

2017-2018

 

Standing Committees

Appropriations on Education/Higher Education Co-chair

Education/Higher Education Co-chair

Judiciary

Redistricting

Rules and Operations of the Senate

Select Committee on Elections

Select Committee on Nominations

State and Local Government

 

Non-Standing Committees

Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee

Legislative Ethics Committee, Co-chair

 

Appointed Committees 2017

Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform, Co-Chair

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee

Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services (8/17)

 

National Assembly of Sportmen’s Caucuses (NASC), Member, 2015-Present

 

North Carolina Courts Commission, July 2015-Present

 

National Conference of State Legislators, Nuclear Legislative Working Group, Member, 2016-Present

 

Appointed by Senator Phil Berger to serve on the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, June 2017.

 

Appointed by Senator Phil Berger to serve on the B-3 Interagency Council, November 2017-October 2021.

Nominated to participate in the National Conference of State Legislators, “Legislative Institute on School Choice: The Next Chapter”, May 2017.