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)

  • We’re losing the war on poverty. Professor Jacobs explained how at yesterday’s Shaftesbury talk.

    Professor Micheal Jacobs joined us yesterday for a fascinating report on how progressive initiatives are actually increasing poverty and hurting those who most need help.  This hour long video is well worth your time and guaranteed to make you think about how policies intended to help the poor are actually…
    Becki Gray, September 25, 2018
  • Update on NC’s proposed Constitutional amendments

    As you recall, the General Assembly proposed six amendments to the state constitution be put before the voters in the upcoming November election, as authorized in our constitution.  Gov Roy Cooper (who is no stranger to suing the General Assembly) filed a lawsuit arguing that amendments 5 and 6 on…
    Becki Gray, August 27, 2018
  • Constitutional amendment re-write

    Following the three judge panel ruling that the General Assembly could either take the two amendments in question off the ballot or re-write them, the General Assembly is coming back tomorrow, with pencils sharpened, ready to re-write. Here are the two amendments that have been the subject of…
    Becki Gray, August 23, 2018
  • Constitutional amendments on the ballot in November

    One of the last legislative actions of the 2018 short session were proposed amendments to the NC Constitution.  The General Assembly cannot make changes; the state constitution does not allow that. But what they can do is put before the voters proposed amendments and by referendum, the voters make that…
    Becki Gray, June 29, 2018
  • Why, how, what and who of the vetoes

    Why?  Because our State Constitution says so: Article II, Sec. 22.  Action on bills. (1)              Bills subject to veto by Governor; override of veto.  Except as provided by subsections (2) through (6) of this section, all bills shall be read three times in each house and shall be signed by…
    Becki Gray, June 26, 2018
  • Too many laws in too many places with too much confusion. Let’s start with a list.

    House Bill 379, sponsored by Senator Andy Wells and Representative Dennis Riddell has passed the Senate unanimously and is now in the House.. It will be heard in the House Judiciary I Committee today and if approved, will go to the House for a final concurrence vote. The proposal would…
    Becki Gray, June 13, 2018
  • Free speech is a big deal and regulating it on the internet is a big, big deal

    The House of Representatives is considering HB 1065, Digital Communication in Elections.  The bill was heard yesterday in the House Elections and Ethics Committee. Committee members had many questions, agreed the whole issue and details of implementation are confusing. As Rep Michael Speciale said, social media has unique qualities…
    Becki Gray, June 13, 2018
  • NCGA taking action on school safety – a short session priority

    In addition to the 2018-19 state budget, school safety is a top priority for the 2018 short session. At the conclusion of the long session, Speaker Tim Moore established a House Select Committee on School Safety  comprised of forty members. They were charged with examining the current safety standards…
    Becki Gray, May 22, 2018