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Stephen M. Ross

Stephen M. Ross
Representative - Deputy Majority Leader
North Carolina General Assembly


Stephen Ross is serving the people of Alamance County in his fourth term in the North Carolina General Assembly. A Burlington native and graduate of Walter M. Williams High School he also graduated from Elon University where is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. He then attended North Carolina State University in the Master of Public Administration Program. Steve is a proud Eagle Scout and serves as a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

Serving twenty years on the Burlington City Council including two terms as Mayor, Steve enjoys serving others and fixing problems. He received recognition as one of the Triad’s Most Influential People by the Triad Business Journal and served as Chairman of the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments.

Rep. Ross received the Legislator of the Year from the NC League of Municipalities for his works as a Community Champion and was also named Legislator of the Year by the NC Metro Mayors Coalition for his work in restoring Historic Tax Credits. He was also a founding member of the NC Metro Mayors Coalition of North Carolina.

Rep. Ross is a graduate of the Center for Advancement of Leadership Skills with the Southern Legislative Conference and a Henry Toll Fellowship Graduate with the National Council of State Governments.

Equally notable is his volunteer service as a former President of the Alamance Division of the American Heart Association, the Piedmont Triad Regional Transportation Board, the Piedmont Triad Economic Development Partnership, the Economic Development Board of Alamance County Chamber of Commerce and Alamance District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America.

In addition to his government and community service, Steve also has an extensive background in the private sector as a Financial Advisor.

Steve currently serves as Senior Chairman of the Commerce Committee, as Chairman of the Finance, as Co-Chair of the Economic Development and Global Engagement committee, and as a member of the State and Local Government, Insurance, and Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Committees.

He and his wife Tammy have four daughters, six grandchildren and are members of St. Mark’s Reformed Church. They enjoy many outdoor activities including camping, hiking and spending time at the beach.