Bernard Allen (U.S. politician)

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Bernard Allen
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
In office
Preceded by Dan Blue
Succeeded by Dan Blue
Personal details
Born (1937-08-24)August 24, 1937
Died October 14, 2006(2006-10-14) (aged 69)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Vivian (Sneed) Allen
Children 2
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Alma mater St. Augustine's College, B.A.
North Carolina Central University, M.A.
Occupation Educator, lobbyist

Bernard Allen (August 24, 1937 – October 14, 2006) was a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-third House district, predominantly composed of constituents in Raleigh, North Carolina but including some suburban areas of Wake County.

Early life and education[edit]

Allen was born on August 24, 1937, and grew up in Allendale, South Carolina. His parents were James Allen, Sr., and the former Louise Hoover. Allen attended Voorhees College for a while, then transferred to St. Augustine's College in Raleigh where, in 1962, he earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education. He later earned his master's degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University in 1979.[1]


After getting his bachelor's degree, Allen taught in the Vance County Schools system, eventually working his way into the system's administration. He worked for 25 years as a lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators[2] and for the North Carolina Secretary of State.[1][3]


He suffered a mild stroke September 23, 2006, and spent several weeks recuperating at WakeMed. Friends and family said he kept working from his bed until his very last hours. Allen died on October 14, 2006, aged 69.[3]

Allen lived in Raleigh and was married to the former Vivian Sneed. They had two sons.[4]

Legislative history[edit]

During his term in office, Allen was noted for being one of the primary co-sponsors for the law establishing the North Carolina Education Lottery. He also worked to increase state funding to historically black colleges and universities in the state.[3]

Electoral history[edit]


In 2002, the incumbent for the North Carolina House district 33 was Dan Blue. He decided not to run for re-election, instead choosing to run for the open United States Senate seat.[5] Allen chose to run for the seat and did not face any Democratic party primary. He went on to win the general election over Republican Venita Peyton and Libertarian Jesse Halliday.[6]

North Carolina House District 33 General Election 2002[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bernard Allen 12,940 65.88%
Republican Venita Peyton 6,175 31.44%
Libertarian Jesse Halliday 526 2.68%
Total votes 19,641 100.00


Allen again faced no Democratic primary in 2004 and went on to defeat Libertarian candidate Steven Hilton in the general election.[7]

North Carolina House District 33 General Election 2004[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bernard Allen 24,580 92.21%
Libertarian Steven Hilton 2,076 7.79%
Total votes 26,656 100.00


When he died, Allen was serving in his second term in the state House, and was seeking election to a third. He ran unopposed in the 2006 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election. Since it was too close to election date for the ballots to be reprinted, Allen's name still appeared on the general election ballot. The former holder of the seat, Dan Blue, was chosen to fill the position.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 5". Session 2007. North Carolina General Assembly. January 25, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "N.C. teachers protest proposed salary freeze". The Robesonian. AP. June 7, 1982. p. 9. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "State Rep. Bernard Allen, co-sponsor of lottery law, dies". The Hendersonville Times-News. AP. October 15, 2006. p. 3B. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NC Rep Bernard Allen, Sr. 69, Laid to Rest". North Carolina Central University D.C. Alumni Chapter. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Robertson, Gary D (October 24, 2001). "Blue to run for U.S. Senate". Wilmington Morning Star. p. 8B. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2002 General Election Results" (PDF). North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved February 9, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "2004 General Election Results" (PDF). North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved February 9, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Allen's Replacement Could Threaten House Speaker's Position". WRAL. AP. October 26, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2006 General Election Results" (PDF). North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved February 9, 2013. [permanent dead link]