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Biography Ellie Kinnaird

Senator Ellie Kinnaird is in her 8th term in the North Carolina Senate. Ellie has been involved in civic and community activities since joining the League of Women Voters in 1964. She has been active in politics since 1987 when she was elected as Mayor of Carrboro and served four terms as a popular leader for the environment, arts, downtown vitalization and neighborhood restoration. Ellie went to the Senate as an advocate for the environment, education, social justice and campaign finance reform.

Ellie is the mother of three sons and a grandmother of two lovely granddaughters and a grandson. She was a legal services lawyer and, later, in private practice. She has retired from her private law practice and now dedicates her time to working for her constituents in the Senate.

  • Carleton College, BA
  • UNC at Chapel Hill, Masters in Music
  • NCCU, J. D.
Senate Committee Assignments (2011-12):
  • Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources
  • Appropriations/Base Budget
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources
  • Finance
  • Health Care
  • Ellie tastes a sample from Chef Bret Jennings and his daughter Kendall at the Carrboro Farmers' Market
  • Mental Health & Youth Services
  • Rules and Operations of the Senate
  • State and Local Government
Special Assignments:
  • Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee
  • Automobile Insurance Modernization Committee (2011)
  • Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice & Public Safety
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Transitions to Community Living

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Paid for by Ellie Kinnaird for Senate Campaign Address: PO Box 668, Carrboro, NC 27510 919-918-3432
Legislative Office Address: Room 628 LOB, 300 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27603