|S. Minority Leader||N.C. Senate 26||Incumbent|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|August 8, 1952||New Rochelle, NY||Eden, NC|
Phil Berger is the Senate minority leader and one of the most visible faces of the Republican opposition in the legislature. After growing up in Virginia, Berger moved to North Carolina to go to law school and worked in Charlotte and Raleigh before becoming an Eden lawyer. After losing a state House race in 1994, he was elected to the Senate in 2000 and became minority leader in 2004. In 2008, he successfully fended off two challengers to remain in the post for a third term.
His son, Philip Jr., is the district attorney of Rockingham County.
Daughter, Ashley; and sons, Philip Jr., Kevin
Phil Berger is a Republican state senator from Eden and the Senate minority leader.
Early Life and Education
Philip Edward Berger was born Aug. 8, 1952, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Francis and Eunice Berger. His father was a factory worker; his mother, a homemaker.
His family moved to southern Virginia when he was a toddler.
He graduated from George Washington High in Danville, Va., in 1970.
After college, he practiced law in Charlotte and clerked for a year at the N.C. Court of Appeals for Judge Eugene Phillips.
In 1984, he moved to Eden and joined a law practice, Walker Melvin and Berger.
In 2001, he left to start his own practice, focusing on general practice.
He served on the Rockingham County Board of Elections during Gov. Jim Martin's administration.
In 1994, he ran for the state House, losing in the Republican primary to Wayne Sexton.
In 2000, he won an open seat in the legislature.
After the 2004 election, he became the Senate minority leader, chairing meetings of the Republican caucus, working on bills with Republican senators and serving as the public face of the GOP opposition.
In November of 2008, he successfully fended off two challengers to remain in the post for a third term.
Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith.
Berger Law Firm
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1026, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-2808
P.O. Box 1309, Eden, N.C. 27289-1309
|bachelor of science
Wake Forest University