Becki Gray

Senior Vice President
Becki Gray is Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff and other decision makers involved in the state public-policy process.

Gray taps her experience in the legal field, at the North Carolina General Assembly and as a lobbyist in the private sector as well as the full resources and staff of JLF to fulfill requests for information and analysis from policymakers.

She offers commentary on television and radio shows across North Carolina and is a regular panelist on NCSpin. Gray writes a monthly column for Carolina Journal and her op-eds have been published in newspapers across the state. She frequently speaks to civic and political groups about public policy and legislative issues.

She earned an Art degree at Queens College in Charlotte, a Paralegal Certificate from Meredith College and has completed graduate work at UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Greensboro.

Gray is a member of the first class of the John Locke Foundation’s E.A. Morris Fellows, a statewide leadership program. She serves on the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees.

Posts by Becki Gray (page 1)

  • Redistricting calls for leadership. Luckily we’ve got it.

    As the legislature hunkers down to re-draw some of the House and Senate districts to comply with the recent Common Cause three-judge decision which claimed “extreme” partisan gerrymandering, new maps will solve the immediate problem but they won’t solve the underlying problems with redistricting. What’s next? Real reform. Several…
    Becki Gray, September 10, 2019
  • House Committee considers proposal to extend broadband access in underserved areas.

    The House State and Local Government Committee met this morning to consider the latest version of HB 431, FIBER NC, an act to foster infrastructure for broadband expansion and resources in NC by authorizing counties and cities to install and lease broadband infrastructure to increase adequate broadband services to…
    Becki Gray, August 7, 2019
  • Education spending is like a trip to the dental hygienist

    While we wait for a break in the budget impasse, teacher pay increases are on hold, increases in education spending is on hold.  In addition to insisting NC increase Medicaid spending by $6 billion over the first two years, increase total Medicaid spending by 28% and increase the state budget…
    Becki Gray, July 26, 2019
  • Partisan gerrymandering is OK for me but not for you.

    Painful but worth a listen to former #ncga election law, redistricting committee staffer and lawyer working on legislative maps in 1991, 2001 and 2017, Bill Gilkeson’s  testimony in the partisan gerrymandering case. In almost an hour of testimony, Gilkeson admits he worked with Democratic House and Senate legislative leaders…
    Becki Gray, July 25, 2019
  • Finding solutions to the problem of unaffordable health insurance

    The House Health Committee is scheduled to consider HB 655, Health Care for Working Families, tomorrow morning. First, kudos to the leadership for bringing this issue forward and to members for participating in the discussion.  The governor is strongly in favor of Medicaid expansion. Many progressive House and Senate members…
    Becki Gray, July 8, 2019
  • Veto Override Consideration Is Up In The House. Here Are Some Key Considerations.

    The General Assembly returns to Raleigh today. On the House calendar is an override consideration of the Governor’s veto of the 2019-20 $24 billion budget. Because the budget is a House bill, the override vote starts in the House. In addition to all the Republicans voting to override, they…
    Becki Gray, July 8, 2019
  • Health care services that require a permission slip from government and an ok from competitors

    The John Locke Foundation has written extensively over several years on the impediment NC’s Certificate of Need laws are for the expansion of health care services.  We believe that repealing NC’s CON laws will restore health care freedom. National studies show that CON laws increase cost and…
    Becki Gray, May 20, 2019
  • Wake County holding lottery to purchase products they have complete control over. At noon. On a Friday. In Wendell.

    This was just posted on the Wake County ABC Facebook page: Wake County ABC Stores and the Office have been inundated with phone calls and inquiries today regarding the most recent shipment of specialty allocated products. Due to the high demand and minimal supply, we have decided that…
    Becki Gray, May 14, 2019