Pearl Burris-Floyd

Gaston

Rev. Pearl Burris-Floyd was appointed to the BOG in 2015 and elected secretary in 2018. She is a registered lobbyist for Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce, former Gaston County Commissioner (first African-American member), and former Republican state Representative who ran for NC House District 110 in 2008 and represented the district from 2009-2011. 

Burris-Floyd’s record as a public official is mixed. As a state representative, she co-sponsored a bill that would have prevented undocumented people from attending community colleges and spoke in support of the bill, saying granting full access to community college would be “lawless.” She was also a primary sponsor of a bill that required people convicted of a felony to submit a DNA sample for a database used by law enforcement that the ACLU called “an invasion of privacy.” As a local commissioner, her stances are more varied. While on the Gaston County Commissioners, Burris-Floyd spoke out against racial profiling related to a resolution that would stop funding programs and services for undocumented people in 2007. She was the only commissioner to vote against the resolution.  In 2003, Burris-Floyd urged caution on naming the Gaston County courthouse after Martin Luther King Jr., when it also held a memorial to Confederate soldiers. She has advocated for the state responsibility for Medicaid. While Burris-Floyd has supported religious freedom in discussions about protections for LGBTQ people, she has called for the hate crime statute to cover LGBTQ people.

In 2014, Burris-Floyd was named vice president of governmental affairs for the Greensboro Partnership. She was named chief operating officer of the Gaston Regional Chamber in 2015.

As a member of the Board of Governors, Burris-Floyd has at times broken with the governing body. In 2016, she spoke in support of Spellings’ entrance as the president of the UNC system, saying it would “take pressure off the Board of Governors and allow us to govern and not have to get into the weeds in all aspects.” She has questioned the tying of campus funding to various performance measures and in 2016 and vocalized questions about a 2017 policy that would prohibit the UNC Center for Civil Rights from filing legal complaints, motions, or lawsuits or suing any individual, entity, or government.

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