Marcia Morey is a member of the NC House of Representatives, District 30 (Durham). Appointed to the House in April 2017, Representative Morey was elected in 2018 for the 2019 –2020 term and was reelected in 2020 and 2022.
Prior to serving in the NC House, Representative Morey was a district court judge for the 14th Judicial District Court (Durham County) from 1999 to 2010, and was the Chief District Court Judge from 2011, until 2017. As a judge Morey worked with law enforcement, defense attorneys, and prosecutors to develop new ways to deal with 16- and 17-year-olds who had been charged with a crime, spearheading a program called the Misdemeanor Diversion Program (MDP).” She was also an assistant District Attorney in Durham before being appointed to the bench.
In 1998, Governor James Hunt appointed her as the executive director of the NC Governor’s Commission on Juvenile Crime and Justice which rewrote NC’s juvenile laws.
Currently Morey serves on the Appropriations, Appropriations-Justice and Public Safety, Education K-12, Judiciary, Families Children and Aging Policy committees. She is also a member of the North Carolina Courts Commission. Representative Morey was elected a Democratic House Whip for the 2023-2024 Session.
In April 2021, Governor Roy Cooper named Representative Morey as chair of the North Carolina Juvenile Sentence Review Board (NCJSR). The board reviews prison sentences of individuals tried as adults who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime and makes sentencing commutation or clemency recommendations to the Governor. Morey is also a member of Governor Cooper’s Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC).
In addition to raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction, Representative Morey has been an advocate for reasonable gun safety laws, criminal justice, and redistricting reform.
Representative Morey is a former competitive swimmer, seven-time national champion, and was co-captain of the women’s swim team in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
She is a graduate of Millikin University, has a master’s degree in education from Reed College, and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law.