Deanna (Deanna) Ballard (R-SS45)
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Senator - Elect
North Carolina State Senate
Room 521 Legislative Office Building 300 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

District Office:
300 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Elected: 2016    Next Election: 2022
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Education and Higher Education
ChairmanSenate Committee on Pensions, Retirement and Aging
Co-ChairJoint Legislative Oversight Committee on Education
ChairmanSubcommittee on Education and Higher Education
MemberSenate Select Committee on Nominations
MemberJoint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations
MemberSenate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate
MemberJoint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice
MemberJoint Legislative Oversight Committee on Capital Improvements
MemberSubcommittee on Health and Human Services
MemberJoint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services
MemberSenate Committee on Health Care
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations on Base Budget
MemberJoint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
Counties Representing
Alleghany / Ashe / Surry / Watauga / Wilkes


Deanna Ballard is a native of North Carolina who has built a career based on dedicated service to others and a firm foundation in conservative values. She currently serves as Director of the Office of the President/CEO for Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization headquartered in Boone and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association based in Charlotte. Her work for the organizations includes helping to direct administrative, financial, and operational activities on behalf of the president/CEO, Franklin Graham, in order to coordinate complex humanitarian and ministry efforts across multiple offices around the world. She also advises and assists senior leadership and other stakeholders in determining effective strategy to move the organizations forward in accordance with their core missions.

Deanna first became involved in political service as a volunteer for George W. Bush's Presidential Advance Team and quickly rose through the ranks to become Special Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady-making her one of the youngest female commissioned officers within the Bush administration.

While serving with President and Mrs. Bush, Deanna improved productivity and efficiency by merging and restructuring the functions of Scheduling and Advance. She oversaw the planning and implementation of a wide range of high-level events for the President and First Lady, and she served as a bridge between the East and West Wings of the White House. Her work spanned across a wide spectrum of responsibilities from managing large teams of staff and volunteers to logistics to messaging and communications.

Prior to her time with President and Mrs. Bush, Deanna served as the Director of Advance for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Deputy Director of Advance for Department of Education Secretary Rod Paige. Her work with Secretary Paige strengthened her resolve to fight for quality education as she visited classrooms across the country, met school leaders, and listened as teachers shared their successes and challenges at roundtable events.

Throughout her successful career, Deanna has remained committed to the conservative principles that defined her childhood in North Carolina. As the daughter of a public school teacher and a logger in a family-owned business, she gained an appreciation for hard work, family values, and the opportunities that can only come from free enterprise. She is deeply engaged with small business owners and has extensive knowledge of the challenges they encounter.