Cheri Beasley to become first African American woman Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court


RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) —

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that Cheri Beasley will be the next Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

“I know Justice Beasley to be fair and deeply committed to all North Carolinians,” Cooper said. “I appreciate her willingness to serve our state in this appointed role.”

Beasley is taking over for Mark Martin, who announced his retirement in January.

“I am indeed pleased for the opportunity to lead the judicial branch,” Beasley said.

When asked, Cooper confirmed that Beasley would be the first black woman to lead the North Carolina Supreme Court. Beasley has served on the North Carolina Supreme Court since 2012.

“It is not lost on me — this historic fact — especially since this is Black History Month,” Beasley said. “I know that the work we do is…

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