A native of Georgia, Marilyn has lived in north Raleigh for 35 years. A proven conservative, Marilyn served House District 40 for ten years in the General Assembly.
Marilyn and her husband, Alex, have been married for 46 years and are the parents of two adult children. They are the doting grandparents of two truly exceptional grandsons.
A dedicated problem-solver and effective public servant, Marilyn is known for her unique ability to tackle complex issues and reach commonsense solutions.
Born the oldest of four siblings to a farmer and homemaker in Southeast Georgia, Marilyn learned the values of hard work and personal responsibility. This served her well as she pursued higher education at the local college, now Georgia Southern University, where she received a degree in chemistry. A part-time laboratory job at a nearby textile mill during college led her into the industry after graduation.
A work background that covered vastly disparate occupations resulted in experiences and skills that have served her well in elected office. Chemistry classes and textile laboratories resulted in a detail-oriented, fact-driven approach to problem solving with legislation.
As a small business owner, Marilyn experienced firsthand how government regulations created hurdles in growing a business. An understanding of the scope of issues facing a legislator was gained through work at the John Locke Foundation, a state-based public policy organization focused on free market, limited government solutions.
Policy Advisor on Health and Human Services Issues
Office of North Carolina House Speaker Pro Tem Sarah Stevens
January 2017 – July 2017
North Carolina General Assembly Representative, House District 40
State of North Carolina
January 2007 – December 2016
Deputy Majority Leader
North Carolina General Assembly House of Representatives
2015 - 2016
Wake County Republican Party
2003 – 2006
Event Coordinator and Finance Manager
John Locke Foundation
1991 – 2006
Focus One Hair Designs - Chain of hair salons
1979 – 1990
Hanes Hosiery, Inc
Manufacturing and Product Development Chemist
1975 – 1979
Hanes Dye and Finishing
Assistant Plant Chemist
1973 - 1975