About - Senator Blue - Dan Blue for NC Senate

Senator Blue


A lifelong North Carolinian, Daniel T. Blue, Jr. was born in Lumberton to Daniel T. Blue, Sr. and Allene Morris Blue on April 18, 1949. Growing up in his parent's four-room farmhouse in Robeson County, Dan quickly learned that the values of hard work, faith, and education were the keys to a successful future – lessons learned from his parents, his teachers and his community. Never losing sight of those values, Dan has worked hard his entire life to help provide North Carolinians with the same opportunities to succeed.

After working hard in North Carolina public schools (Dan was Valedictorian of his high school class in Robeson County), Dan attended North Carolina Central University, where he earned a degree in Mathematics. He graduated in 1973 from the Duke University School of Law.

First elected to the North Carolina House of Representative in 1980, Dan Blue has spent his entire career in public life fighting for the interests of working families: better education for our kids, jobs and economic development for the state, workers' comp and workers' safety, access to health care, and retirement security for our seniors. He has consistently been rated one of the most effective members of the General Assembly.  As a House Representative, Senator Blue was re-elected eleven times.  In 1991, Dan was elected Speaker of the House, where he cut millions of dollars in wasteful government spending, creating the climate for the state's unprecedented economic growth in the 1990's. As Speaker, he was responsible for the passage of an unprecedented series of workplace safety initiatives, and for many innovative programs to improve our public schools and reform our criminal justice system.  In 2002 he left the Legislature to run for the United States Senate.  He returned to the House in 2006, and now serves in the North Carolina State Senate.

In addition to serving as Speaker of the House, Dan has served as Chairman of the Judiciary and Appropriations committees. He is past President of the National Conference of State Legislatures and served on the executive committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. Dan is a founding partner of Blue, Stephens & Fellers, a law firm in Raleigh, NC. Dan holds nine honorary degrees and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Duke University.

Senator Blue resides in Raleigh with his wife, the former Edna Earle Smith. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. He attends Davie Street Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder.

Committees
  • Appropriations on Education/Higher Education (member)
  • Appropriations/Base Budget (member)
  • Commerce (member)
  • Finance (member)
  • Judiciary I (member)
  • Rules and Operations of the Senate (member)
  • Select Committee on Economic Recovery (member)
  • Select Committee on Employee Hospital and Medical Benefits (chairman)
  • Ways & Means (member)