Jean R. Preston

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Jean R. Preston
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Scott Thomas
Succeeded by Norman W. Sanderson
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Bruce Etheridge
Succeeded by Pat McElraft
Personal details
Born (1935-05-25)May 25, 1935
Snow Hill, North Carolina
Died January 10, 2013(2013-01-10) (aged 77)
Waterbury, Connecticut
Political party Republican
Residence Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Alma mater East Carolina University
Profession Retired, educator

Jean Rouse Preston (May 25, 1935 – January 10, 2013) served for 20 years in the North Carolina General Assembly, including seven terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and three in the North Carolina Senate. She retired in 2012 when she was the Joint Republican Caucus Leader and Senator representing the state's second district, including constituents in Carteret county. She also served as co-chair of the Education/Higher Education and the Appropriations Education/Higher Education Committees.[1] She was a retired educator from Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Preston died in 2013 at age 77.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Preston was born on May 25, 1935,[3] in Snow Hill, North Carolina. Her parents were Marvin Wayne Rouse and the former Emma Mae Kearney. She graduated from Snow Hill High School in 1953 and then attended Flora MacDonald College for a couple of years before graduating with a B.S. degree and in Business Education from East Carolina University in 1957. She later returned to ECU to receive her M.A. in Education in 1973.[4]


  1. ^ "Standing Committee Assignments, 2011-2012 season". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Retired state Sen. Jean Preston dead at 77
  3. ^ "Jean Rouse Preston's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ *North Carolina Manual 2009–2010. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Secretary of State. 2011. p. 321. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 

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