Born in Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina, January 10, 1937,
P. and Octavia H. (Broome) Brooks.
Graduated Greenville High School, 1955.
Morehead-Cain Scholar, U.N.C., Chapel Hill, 1959, A.B.
(Political Science and
[Pi Sigma Alpha (Honorary Fraternity in Political Science).]
[Order of the Golden Fleece Honorary Society.]
University of Chicago School of Law, 1962, Doctor of Jurisprudence.
Phi Legal Fraternity.]
Fifth Government Executives Institute, U.N.C., Chapel Hill.
[Board of Directors,
Program for Senior Managers in Government,
John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University, 1984.
Currently: Staff attorney, N.C. Industrial Commission, Department of Commerce.
[Have reviewed over 40,000 agreements settling work-related injuries and
and approved over $2,000,000,000.00 in benefits to injured workers.]
N.C. Commissioner of Labor, 1977-1993.
[Dean of U.S. Governmental Labor Officials, July 1, 1989.]
Law clerk to Justice William H. Bobbitt, N.C. Supreme Court, Raleigh, N.C.
(September 1962-September, 1963.).
Special assistant on race relations to Governor Terry Sanford
of the N.C. Mayors’ Cooperating Committee,
Raleigh, N.C. (September,
Staff legal counsel, N.C. Fund, a private,
non-profit anti-poverty program
financed primarily by The Ford Foundation,
Durham, N.C. (February,
Executive director, Maryland Constitutional Convention Commission,
Maryland (November, 1965-September, 1967).
Chief of staff, Constitutional Convention of Maryland,
(September, 1967-June, 1968).
First administrative officer and director of legislative research of the
General Assembly, 1969 Session of the General Assembly,
Raleigh, North Carolina.
Also simultaneously served as enrolling clerk;
editor of publications, including
session laws and journals for the House and Senate;
and director of computer
services (September, 1968-January, 1970).
Executive assistant to the president of the Sixth Illinois Constitutional
Springfield, Illinois (January, 1970-December, 1970).
Private practice of law, Raleigh, N.C. (January, 1971-January, 1977).
N.C. State Bar.
Wake County Bar Association.
N.C. Bar Association.
American Bar Association:
(Committees on Agency Rulemaking, Section of Administrative Law;
Occupational Safety and Health Law, Section of Labor and Employment Law;
State Labor Law, Section of Labor and Employment Law
1985-1991; Access to Civil Justice,
International Human Right and Problems of American
Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities;
Judicial Compensation, Lawyers’ Conference, Judicial Administration Division;
International Institutions, Section of International Law and Practice;
Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law).
American Judicature Society.
American Society of International Law (life member).
Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
American National Standards Institute, Inc., Government Member Council.
International Association of Governmental Labor Officials
National Association of Governmental Labor Officials:
(Host, 1982 & 1991 National Conventions;
Board of Directors, 1978-1980, 1984-1991;
Vice President, 1985-1986;
National Apprenticeship Program:
(Board of Directors, 1980-1991;
Vice President, 1982-1983;
National Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association
1980, Executive Committee, 1981).
Committee on Constitutional Integrity.
U.N.C., Chapel Hill. Alumni Association (life member).
Wake County Chapter of N.C. Symphony Society
Wake County Meals on Wheels, Inc., 1977-1980.
ReEntry Board of Directors, 1979-1986.
Boards and Commissions:
North Carolina Council of State (1977-1993).
N.C. Emergency Response Commission.
N.C. Farm Workers Council.
N.C. Fire Commission.
N.C. State Commission of Indian Affairs.
N.C. Indian Cultural Center, Inc.
Board of Directors, 1986-1994.
N.C. Information Technology Commission.
N.C. Capital Planning Commission.
N.C. Radiation Protection Commission.
Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging.
Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities.
Governor’s Management Council.
Standing Committee on Job Training Coordination and Economic Development.
N.C. Apprenticeship Council, chairman.
N.C. Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules.
N.C. Department of Labor Industry Advisory Board
N.C. Mine Safety and Health Advisory Council.
N.C. State Government Computer Commission, 1983-1989.
N.C. Interim Balanced Growth Board, 1977-1978.
N.C. Corrections Planning Committee, 1977-1984.
Governor’s Committee on Workforce Preparedness, 1990-1991.
Governor’s Council on Employment of the Handicapped, 1977-1979.
N.C. Employment and Training Council, 1977-1983.
Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, 1980, 1984, 1988.
N.C. Job Training Coordinating Council, 1983-1985.
State Manpower Services Council, 1977.
N.C. Governor’s Oversight Committee for
Official Labor Market Information,
City of Raleigh Charter Revision Commission, 1975-1977.
Commissioner of Labor, 1977-1993 (Elected 1976, reelected 1980, 1984, and 1988).
Delegate, Mini-Democratic Convention, 1978 (Memphis, Tenn.)
Democratic Statewide Elected Officials Convention, 1982 (Philadelphia, Penn.)
North Carolina Democratic Party:
State Executive Committee: (1977-2008).
Platform Committee, 1986.
Council of Review, 2006-2008.
Co-author, North Carolina and the Negro, 1964,
(Report of the N.C. Mayors’
“Modernizing Commercial Law for a Commercially Growing State”,
Bar Notes, N.C.
Bar Association, February, 1965.
Editor, Report of the Constitutional Convention Commission on
Convention Enabling Act, (Maryland), January, 1967.
Editor, Interim Report of the Constitutional Convention Commission,
Editor, Report of the Constitutional Convention Commission (Maryland), August,
Editor, Constitutional Revision Study Documents, June, 1968.
Editor, Session Laws of North Carolina, 1969.
Author, The Authority, Credibility, Integrity, Independence and Development of
Student Government at the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, October, 1971.
Editor, Transcriptions of Meetings between U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances
and the State Labor Commissioners, 1992.
Member, Edenton Street United Methodist Church:
Administrative Board, 1975-1978, 1985-1989.
Chairperson for Health and Welfare Work Area, 1985-89.
Delegate, N.C. Annual Conference, Fayetteville, N.C., 1976-1979.
Delegate, Jurisdictional Conference, 1976,
North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church:
Advisor on International Affairs to the Board of Church and Society,
Member, Task force on the Bishops’ Call for peace and the
Self Development of
Peoples, N.C. Conference, 1972-1977.
Member, Commission on the Status and Role of Women,
N.C. Conference, 1976-1984,
Married Nancy Jane Carroll, October 22, 1977.
Children: Charles Philip and Lewis