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Now in her ninth term in the North Carolina House of Representatives, Becky Carney continues to work diligently to promote public education, arts education and health care issues.

In 1996, Becky Carney was elected to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, where she served three consecutive terms. As a county commissioner, she served on the Smart Start Board, helped establish the Education Budget Advisory Commission and served as the Education Liaison to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As a result of her outstanding service, Representative Carney was named North Carolina’s County Commissioner of the Year in 2000.


After suffering sudden cardiac death in 2009, Rep. Carney became passionate about heart health issues in her work at the General Assembly. She works closely with the American Heart Association and received the 2011 Heart of Change Award at the 26th Annual Triangle Heart Ball. She was also the recipient of the 2012 Heart of a Champion Advocacy Award.


Representative Carney believes arts education is key to success in school and life and should be accessible for all students. She has sponsored major legislation concerning Study Committees and the Arts Education Task Force. She sponsored legislation establishing arts education as a graduation requirement, which passed in the House in 2013, 2015 and 2017. 


Becky and her husband, Gene, are members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte. They have 6 children and 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Beck Carney and her fourteen grandchildren

Representative Carney, her husband Gene, and their 14 grandchildren, ages 3 to 20.

  • Advisory Board, Junior League 

  • Advisory Board, Council For Children 

  • Community School of the Arts

  • Board Member, Leadership Charlotte

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Education Foundation (renamed the Education Advocate)

  • Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Club of Wake County

  • 2018 Kennedy Center Outstanding Woman State Legislator Supporting the Arts Award

  • Legislator of the Year, N.C. Nurses Association

  • Outstanding Public Servant of the Year, NAACP

  • North Carolina County Commissioner of the Year

  • 2005 inductee into the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc., Charlotte Club Women’s History Hall of Fame

Legislative Experience

Representative Carney currently holds the following positions and serves on the following committees in the NC House:

  • Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee

  • House Education-Universities

  • Finance

  • Ethics

  • Health

  • Banking

  • Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House

  • House Select Committee on School Safety

  • Legislative Ethics Committee

  • Legislative Research Commission

  • Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight

  • Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations

  • Revenue Laws Study Committee

  • Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight


Representative Carney also serves as Chair of the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force

Representative Carney and the Honorable Sarah Stevenson

Some of the legislation Representative Carney has sponsored includes:

  • Arts Education Requirement

  • Legalizing Medical Marijuana

  • Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act

  • CPR Completion Required before High School Graduation

  • AEDs in Government Buildings

  • Designate Primary Stroke Centers, ensuring that the state designate hospitals with national accreditation for primary stroke center are made known to EMS and the public

  • Pulse Oximetry Screening Required, ensuring all newborns are screened for critical congenital heart defects

  • Hypertension Awareness Day Resolution declaring May 21st as Hypertension Awareness Day

Accomplishments & Awards

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Rep Carney and Sarah Stevenson at Atrium Health MLK Day - photo by Jon Strayhorn
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