Former NC House Speaker Sen. Daniel Blue is Commencement Keynote Speaker

Former NC House Speaker Sen. Daniel Blue is Commencement Keynote Speaker

Sen. Blue

Attorney and North Carolina Senator, Daniel T. Blue Jr., will give the keynote address during the 2016 Elizabeth City State University commencement on Dec. 10, 2016, 10 a.m., at the R.L Vaughan Center on the campus of ECSU.

Blue, a Lumberton, North Carolina native, is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, and Duke University School of Law in 1973.

Blue was hired by one of North Carolina’s leading law firms, Sanford, Cannon, Adams & McCullough. He became one of the first African Americans to integrate the state’s major law firms. However, he would go on to establish his own firm, Blue, Stephens & Fellers, in Raleigh, where his two sons and daughter-in-law practice law alongside him.

In 1980, Blue was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing Wake County. He was re-elected 10 times and held a number of leadership positions in the House, including chairman of the Judiciary and Appropriations Committee. Blue was elected to serve as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives twice, from 1991 to 1995.

Although Blue left the House after 22 years to run for the U.S. Senate in 2002, he returned in 2006 and now serves in the North Carolina Senate, representing Wake County.

Blue is recognized across North Carolina and the country for his political service. He is the immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of Duke University. He is currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Duke University Health System.

Blue is the recipient of nine honorary doctorate degrees, including one from Elizabeth City State University. He is the recipient of the Duke University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service. Blue is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and a 33rd Degree Prince Hall Mason.

Blue resides in Raleigh with his wife, Edna, a civic and community leader.