|N.C. Senator||N.C. Senate 38||Incumbent|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|August 13, 1924||Bishopville, SC||Charlotte, NC|
Charlie Smith Dannelly is a state senator from Mecklenburg County and a top lieutenant for Senate leader Marc Basnight. A native of South Carolina, he worked as a principal in Charlotte schools for decades and served on the Charlotte City Council for 12 years. He was appointed to the state Senate in 1994 and has been deputy president pro tem since 2003.
Son, Charlie II
Charlie Smith Dannelly is a state senator and a top lieutenant for Senate leader Marc Basnight.
Early Life and Education
Charlie Smith Dannelly was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Bishopville, S.C.
He graduated from Mather Academy, in Camden, S.C., in 1944.
He earned a bachelor of arts from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte in 1962.
He earned a master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1966.
He served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War from 1951 to 1954.
After graduation, he worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system as an elementary, middle-school and high-school principal. He retired in 1991.
He served on the Charlotte City Council from 1977 to 1989.
He was appointed to the state Senate in 1994 to replace Sen. Jim Richardson.
He ran successfully for the seat that fall.
In recent years, he has been a top lieutenant for Senator Basnight, the long-serving head of the Senate, serving as deputy president pro tem and co-chairman of the budget committee.
In recent years, he has pushed unsuccessfully for bills that would make it a traffic infraction to use a cell phone while driving and sought money for athletic scholarships at historically black colleges.
Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith.
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Johnson C. Smith University
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