Mike Woodard is the North Carolina State Senator representing District 22: Durham, Granville, and Person counties. Before joining the General Assembly in 2013, Senator Woodard served on the Durham City Council for seven years. In his professional life, Senator Woodard is a long-time administrator with Duke University and the Duke Health System. He also worked as an administrator and instructor at Durham Technical Community College. A native of Wilson, NC, he graduated from Duke with degrees in economics, political science, and non-profit management.
Senator Woodard has been active in community affairs for more than 30 years. He served as State President of the North Carolina Jaycees and President of the Durham Jaycees. In addition, he has held leadership roles with St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the Durham Arts Council, the Durham Rotary Club, the Dispute Settlement Center, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Triangle United Way.
The awards and honors Senator Woodard has received include: the 2017 Public Official Conservation Award from Sound Rivers; the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants; the 2017 Senator of the Year and the 2014 Rising Star awards from the League of Conservation Voters; the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from Toxic Free NC; the 2012 City of Durham Human Rights Award, presented to an elected official has supported and promoted human rights causes and issues; the 2011 Goodmon Award for Regional Leadership by a Public Official; and in 2009 being named one of the first recipients of the Reliable Ally Award presented by the Southern Anti-Racism Network. In 1998, he was recognized as one of the Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians.
Senator Woodard is a regular panelist on “Front Row,” UNCTV’s weekly public affairs program. He is married to the Reverend Sarah Woodard, a human resources officer for Duke Medicine, an ordained minister serving at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church and as a hospital chaplain, and an active community volunteer. In 1997 they were named the Durham Jaycees’ Family of the Year.
In his free time, Senator Woodard serves as a tutor at C.C. Spaulding Elementary School and enjoys bicycling, hiking, watching sports, reading, and attending arts events.