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Michael Lee


Senator Michael Lee currently represents New Hanover County in North Carolina’s 9th Senate District. He serves as the chair of the Education/Higher Education and Education Appropriations Committees, and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. Prior to his service in the NC Senate, Michael served on the NCDOT Board of Transportation and Chaired the NC Port Authority.

Michael serves on the Board of Directors of The Hunt Institute and serves as co-chair of The Institute’s annual Holshouser Legislators Retreat, which brings together North Carolina policymakers, state and national research experts, and education practitioners for candid dialogue about critical issues on public education. Lee is also a member of the fifth Cohort of The Institute’s Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program.

Michael is the father of four children, two dogs and has been a resident of the Cape Fear Region for over 20 years. He is a graduate of UNC-CH and obtained his law degree with honors from Wake Forest University.

Michael has received numerous superlatives through the years such as being included in The Best Lawyers of America directory, Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite, and Law & Politics Magazine Super Lawyer designation.

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