Elaine F. Marshall became the first woman ever elected as Secretary of State in 1996. She is the first woman ever elected to a statewide North Carolina executive branch office and serves on North Carolina’s Council of State.
Secretary Marshall worked as a schoolteacher, business owner, and private attorney prior to becoming Secretary of State. She continues to serve on several major boards and commissions, in addition to carrying out her constitutional duties, including:
Secretary Marshall is a former member of the North Carolina State Senate, who represented the 15th District, which includes the area around her home in Harnett County. She has three step-children and five grandchildren. She was married to the late Sol Marshall, who died in November 1999.
Secretary Marshall is a graduate of the Campbell University School of Law and holds a B.S. degree in textiles and clothing from the University of Maryland.
She is an attorney who has been admitted to practice before all of North Carolina’s State Courts, U.S. District, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Secretary Marshall was honored by the North Carolina Council for Women as 1997’s "Distinguished Woman of the Year." In 1998, the North Carolina Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) awarded her with its "State Career Woman of the Year" title and recently the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association (NCEITA) gave her its top honor for Leadership in Technology in the Non-profit/Government Sector.
--Information supplied from the Office of the Secretary of State, 1999.