Salvador now the youngest Black woman to serve in NC Senate

DeAndrea Salvador
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Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:25 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - DeAndrea Salvador is now the youngest Black woman to ever serve in the North Carolina Senate, and the youngest Senator of the upcoming biennium.

Salvador was sworn in as the State Senator for District 39 (Mecklenburg County) on Jan. 4. She was sworn in by former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson, the first Black woman to serve on the NC Supreme Court.

Salvador took the oath alongside her husband and children.

“I’m grateful to people of District 39 for the tremendous honor to serve them in the General Assembly,” said Salvador. “These are challenging times, and in the biennium ahead, I plan to find commonsense agreements to help our community recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will work towards robust economic recovery, stronger support for our schools, as well as strive to connect our community to well-paying jobs, improved access to clean energy, and to keep environmental and racial justice at the forefront.

“In the weeks and months ahead, I will endeavor to play a part in helping us to come out of the pandemic more united than when it began.”

Salvador is a native of Charlotte and the founder of an internationally recognized nonprofit organization, RETI.

She currently serves on the board of Clean Air Carolina and previously served on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission for several years. She is a TED2018 Fellow and recipient of the UNC Charlotte Young Alumna of the Year Award.

Salvador was recognized as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s “30 under 30” and honored as a 2019 AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Influential Leader.

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