Wanda G. Bryant
Born in Southport, North Carolina, Bryant earned an undergraduate degree in history and comparative area studies from Duke University in 1977, then earned her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University in 1982. She worked as an assistant district attorney from 1983 to 1987, as an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1989 to 1993, and as Senior Deputy Attorney General for the state of North Carolina from 1993 to 2001. In 2001, Bryant was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Gov. Mike Easley but was defeated for election in her own right in 2002. In 2004, she was elected to an eight-year term on the North Carolina Court of Appeals (expiring 2012). In the 2012 election, Bryant was endorsed for re-election by the (Raleigh) News and Observer, which cited her "wide-ranging experience in the law."
She is married and has one son.