Serving his third term in the North Carolina General Assembly, Representative Chuck McGrady is a graduate of Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia. After teaching law at Wayne State University Law School in Michigan and clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Representative McGrady spent several years in private practice before being recruited as legal counsel for Contel Corporation, the First Atlanta Corporation, and Alston & Bird, all in Atlanta.
Representative McGrady began working in North Carolina as executive director for the Environmental & Conservation Organization of Henderson County. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Henderson County Board of Social Services and was first elected to serve on theHenderson County Board of Commissioners in 2004, where he served until 2010, until he was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He has also served on the Henderson County Planning Board, Village Council of Flat Rock, The Henderson County Board of Social Services, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Asheville Airport Authority, and the Green River Community Association.
Representative McGrady has a long and distinguished history of community service and activism on behalf of the environment, youth, and the less fortunate. He has volunteered with Leadership Hendersonville, theHenderson County Chamber of Commerce, Friends of DuPont Forest (Representative McGrady was instrumental in making the DuPont State recreational Forest a reality), the Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board, The Rotary Club of Hendersonville, Four Seasons (which provides end-of-life care and palliative care), and lent his managerial talents to the Board of Directors of the American Camp Association, the Board of Trustees of the John Muir Foundation and the Sierra Club (where he served as its National President), the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, the Mountain Resources Commission, and the Georgia Environmental Advisory Council.
Representative McGrady has also served as chairman of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, theFrench Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Land-of-Sky Regional Council of Governments. In 2012, Representative McGrady waspresented with an award given by North Carolina’s 24 land trusts for his work protecting North Carolina’s land and water. In April 2015, Representative McGrady and his wife Jean were honored by the CMLC for their more than two decades of commitment to the area’s conservation efforts. No other member of the General Assembly has more impressive environmental bona fides.
Representative McGrady’s concern for our Western North Carolina’s young people is reflected in his service as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association (a trade association representing summer camps throughout North Carolina), Director Emeritus of Falling Creek Camp in Tuxedo (a summer camp for boys), Children & Family Resource Center, Henderson County Young Leaders Program, and Muddy Sneakers — an education program for kids that focuses on hands-on learning in natural settings.
In July 2014, Falling Creek Camp dedicated a new gym named in honor of the McGrady Family. Chuck and his wife Jean served as directors and owners of Falling Creek from 1989 to 2005.
In August of 2015, Representative McGrady was honored by the by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) with their “Friend of the Counties Award.” Representative McGrady “has been a strong advocate for counties since he joined the legislature,” said NCACC President Ronnie Beale. “He helps keep other legislators informed about how legislation could impact counties. He has truly been a Friend of the Counties.”
Representative McGrady is very well-respected in Raleigh and he has an excellent reputation — not only across the state, but the entire southeast region — for his wide-ranging command of a diverse and complex set of issues. A former House colleague called him “one of the smartest and most capable legislators in the entire General Assembly.”
His impressive record and his personal effectiveness representing the people of Henderson County led to a decisive re-election victory last year for Representative McGrady, garnering him nearly 75% of the vote in 2014.
Chuck and his wife Jean have two grown children.