Philip E. Berger

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Phil Berger
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President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate
Assumed office
January 26, 2011
Preceded byMarc Basnight
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2003
Preceded byAustin Allran
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 1, 2001 – January 1, 2003
Preceded byDon East
Succeeded byFred Smith
Personal details
Philip Edward Berger

(1952-08-08) August 8, 1952 (age 66)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Pat Berger
EducationDanville Community College
Averett University (BA)
Wake Forest University (JD)
WebsiteGovernment website

Philip Edward Berger (born August 8, 1952) is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's twenty-sixth Senate district, including constituents in Guilford and Rockingham counties.[1]

An attorney born In New York, Berger was first elected to the North Carolina Senate in 2000. He became minority (Republican) leader in 2004, and in 2010, he was selected by his fellow Republicans as their choice for the next Senate President Pro Tem.[1][2] Berger was officially elected president pro tem when the legislature opened on January 26, 2011.[3]

Berger authored voter ID legislation that a federal appeals court found to have targeted "African-Americans with almost surgical precision."[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Berger was born in New Rochelle, New York; he graduated from George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia in 1970 and studied briefly at Danville Community College. Berger earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Averett College[5] in 1980 and a law degree from Wake Forest University[5] in 1982, after which he entered law practice.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Patricia Hays;[5] they have three children, Philip Jr., Kevin, and Ashley as well as four grandchildren.


  1. ^ a b "Senator Phil Berger (Republican, 2009-2010 Session)". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  2. ^ News & Observer: Phil Berger picked by GOP for top NC Senate job Archived November 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ " Press: GOP-led legislature begins with budget, maps ahead". Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Blinder, Alan; Wines, Michael (February 22, 2019). "Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Board of Visitors - Directory". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  6. NCAA basketball tournament
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North Carolina Senate
Preceded by
Marc Basnight
President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate