John S. Arrowood

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John S. Arrowood
Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
Assumed office
April 2017
Appointed byRoy Cooper
Preceded byDouglas McCullough
In office
September 2007 – November 2008
Appointed byMike Easley
Preceded byEric L. Levinson
Succeeded byRobert N. Hunter, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1956-11-04) November 4, 1956 (age 66)
Burnsville, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Residence(s)Charlotte, North Carolina
Alma materUNC Chapel Hill

John S. Arrowood (born November 4, 1956) is an American attorney and judge. In April 2017, Arrowood was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Roy Cooper, to replace Judge Doug McCullough, a Republican who resigned one month before he would have reached the mandatory retirement age.[1][2]

He ran for a full term on the court in 2018 and won, becoming the first openly gay person elected to a statewide office in North Carolina.[3]

Previously, in August 2007, he was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Mike Easley, replacing Judge Eric L. Levinson, who had resigned to accept a federal appointment. Arrowood was defeated in the subsequent 2008 election.


Born in Burnsville, North Carolina, Arrowood moved to Caldwell County after the death of his parents. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1975. Arrowood graduated magna cum laude from Catawba College in 1979 and received his J.D. degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1982. He worked on the Court of Appeals staff and then practiced law for many years in Charlotte, North Carolina before serving as a state superior court judge from March through August 2007. Arrowood has been a member of the board of the North Carolina Railroad, the N.C. Banking Commission, the N.C. Rules Review Commission, and the N.C. Arts Council.[4]

Since Arrowood was appointed to fill an unexpired term, his seat was on the ballot in November 2008. He was defeated for a full term by Robert N. Hunter, Jr.[5]

He was also an unsuccessful candidate for the Court of Appeals in 2014, seeking the seat made vacant by the retirement of Judge John C. Martin.[6][7] Arrowood came in second out of 19 candidates.[8]

Arrowood is openly gay and was the first openly LGBT judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.[9]

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  1. ^ "NC Gov. Cooper: Governor Cooper Appoints Judge John Arrowood to the North Carolina Court of Appeals".
  2. ^ "Court of Appeals judge resigns in reaction to bill shrinking bench; Cooper appoints new judge in wake of veto". The Progressive Pulse. April 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Some takeaways from NC's elections ::". 7 November 2018.
  4. ^ Charlotte Observer endorses Arrowood and others for Court of Appeals Archived 2012-07-31 at
  5. ^ "News - Daily Reflector". April 25, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-04-25.
  6. ^ "Charlotte Observer: Arrowood running for appeals court". Archived from the original on 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  7. ^ "Arrowood gets nod for NC court from Democrats - WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC". Archived from the original on 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  8. ^ "NC SBE Contest Results".
  9. ^ News & Observer Archived 2008-06-03 at the Wayback Machine

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