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Dr. Bobbie Richardson, a Lifelong Educator

Rep. Bobbie Richardson has dedicated her life to education. She served as the Director of Exceptional Children for Warren County Schools and was the Director of Exceptional Students Program for the NC Department of Corrections, as well as the School Administrator for Licensure, Personnel & Curriculum. Before her retirement in 2013, she was the Director of Exception Children for Vance County Schools. For ten years, from 1988-98, she was a consultant with the NC Department of Public Instruction. She has also been in the trenches, working as a teacher in Durham Public Schools for the Children with Disabilities Program and as a teacher assistant for exceptional children classes at Head Start. She is a former member of the Franklin County School Board.


Today, she is retired from helping the children and teachers of North Carolina become the best they can be, and is now representing the people of House District 7 (which consists of portions of Franklin and Nash Counties). She was appointed in January 2013 and won election in Nov. 2014 and 2016 for additional two-year terms in the NC General Assembly. She has served as secretary of the House Democratic Caucus and was elected a House Democratic Whip by the caucus.


Rep. Richardson is a graduate of NC Central University in Durham, NC, where she earned her undergraduate degree and master’s degree, and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a doctorate in Education Leadership.


She has been recognized many times for outstanding service to her community, including the 2015 Top Ladies of Distinction (Wendell Chapter) Everyday Heroes Award, 2010 Franklin County Democratic Woman of the Year Award, 2012 Perry’s Alumni Humanitarian Award, and Who’s Who Women in Education Award from Durham Public Schools in 1989. She has been nominated and accepted to serve as a State Director for the national Women In Government organization. In 2014 she received the Rising Star Award at the NC League of Conservation Voters’ Green Tie Awards banquet. She was one of the recipients of the 2016 Women of Excellence Award from the National Foundation of Women Legislators and in 2016 she received the Political Courage Award from the Rocky Mount Chapter of the NAACP.


She is a supporter of Franklin County Safe Space (domestic violence services), Franklin County Partnership in Healthcare (formerly Volunteers in Medicine), the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin and Nash counties, and United Way.


Rep. Richardson serves on the Executive Committee for the NC Democratic Party. She is a past chair of the Franklin County Democratic Party and currently is a member of the Franklin County Women Democrats, Franklin County Senior Democrats, the Franklin County African American Caucus, and Nash County Democratic Women. She is a member of the NC Legislative Black Caucus and board member of the NC Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.


She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a member of the Roanoke, Va., Moles. She is trustee of Gillfield Missionary Baptist Church and chair of the church’s Education Committee. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC.


Rep. Richardson lives in the Wood Community, in the northeast region of Franklin County near the family farm where she grew up. She is the mother to three grown children and proud grandmother of two. She is the daughter of Pattie Mae Richardson (who lives near her in Wood) and the late Bob Richardson, and the sister to 17 siblings.


Rep. Richardson currently serves on the following committees in the NC House of Representatives: Appropriations, Appropriations Subcommittee on Agricultural and Economic and Natural Resources, Transportation, Strategic Transportation Planning and Long-Term Funding Solutions, Elections and Ethics Law, Education K-12 (vice-chair), Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Judiciary IV. Additionally, she has been selected to serve on several interim committees: Select Committee on School Safety, Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, and Joint Legislative Committee on Local Government.


Favorite quote: “The moral test of government is how it treats people in the dawn of life, the children; in the twilight of life, the aged; and in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.” –Hubert Humphrey

Favorite scripture: Psalms 23

Inspiration: “Certainly my parents, who laid down the foundation for me of self-respect, respect for others, a love of education, and the knowledge of right from wrong. The love they gave to me, along with the rest of my family, has always sustained me. My first grade teacher was also a strong influence. When I was growing up, an educator was often the only professional a black child would come into contact with. From her I developed a passion for learning, and I knew after I met her that I was definitely going to college. My experience as an educator motivated me to help others, to give more of myself to worthwhile causes. Above all, the love of my God keeps me grounded.”