About Phil Berger

  • Phil Berger’s improbable road to leadership of the State Senate has shaped who he is, and his views on how to build a better future for North Carolina. Click below to watch Phil’s story.



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  • Phil Berger grew up in Danville, Virginia in a working class family that taught him the value of hard work. After school, Phil married his high school sweetheart, Pat, and worked in a local factory and then as a produce manager of a grocery store while raising two young kids and attending college. He became the first in his family to graduate, from what is now Averett University. Still raising a young family and working long hours to make ends meet, Phil attended law school at Wake Forest and graduated early. He practiced law briefly in Charlotte and Raleigh before settling in Eden, where he still lives with Pat and runs the Berger Law Firm. Phil and Pat have three kids – Phil Jr., Kevin and Ashley – and four grandkids.
  • Phil Berger was first elected to the State Senate in 2000. His colleagues elected him minority leader in 2004, and President Pro Tempore in 2010 after Republicans won a Senate majority for the first time since the 19th Century. The first Republican leader of the North Carolina Senate in more than 100 years, Senator Berger has delivered common sense, conservative reforms to State government.
  • View Senator Berger’s official legislative profile.