|N.C. Senator||N.C. Senate 31||Incumbent|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|February 28, 1956||San Francisco, CA||Winston-Salem, NC|
Pete Brunstetter is a Republican state senator from Winston-Salem. A corporate attorney with the white-shoe law firm Womble Carlyle, he served as the chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners for 10 years. In 2006, he was appointed to the state Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Ham Horton, who died in office. In 2008, he unsuccessfully challenged Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger for a leadership position.
He rides motorcycles and flies planes.
Sons Pete, Dan, Tim; daughter Bekah
Pete Brunstetter is a Republican state senator from Winston-Salem and former Forsyth County commissioner.
Early Life and Education
Peter Samuel Brunstetter was born Feb. 28, 1956, in San Francisco, Calif., to Richard and Roberta Brunstetter. His father was a psychiatrist; his mother, a real estate agent and publisher of a Jewish newspaper.
He went to Redwood High in Larkspur, Calif., and Benjamin Franklin High in New Orleans, but did not graduate.
After his junior year in high school, he left early for college.
He earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1977.
He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1984.
He then served in the Navy Reserves on and off until 1990, leaving with the rank of lieutenant commander.
From 1984 to 1985, he practiced corporate law with McGuire Woods and Battle in Richmond, Va.
In 1985, he moved to Winston-Salem to work for the predecessor of white shoe law firm Kilpatrick Stockton. He worked there until 2007.
In January of 2007, he began working for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
Brunstetter ran unsuccessfully for the Winston-Salem Board of Alderman in 1989.
He served as chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Elections from 1990 to 1991.
In September of 1991, he was appointed to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to fill a vacancy created by the death of Commissioner Forrest Conrad.
He was elected to the position in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and served as chairman from 1994 to 2004, a time of a major economic transition in the Triad. At the end of 2004, he left the board after deciding not to run for another term.
In 2006, he was appointed to the state Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Ham Horton, who died in office.
Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith.
|bachelor of arts
University of Virginia
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