Tony Rand

Anthony Eden Rand (September 1, 1939 – May 1, 2020) was an American attorney and politician who served as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly from 1981 to 1988 and again from 1995 to 2009.

Tony Rand
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 19th district
In office
In office
1995 – December 31, 2009
Succeeded byMargaret H. Dickson
Personal details
Anthony Eden Rand

(1939-09-01)September 1, 1939
Panther Branch, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedMay 1, 2020(2020-05-01) (aged 80)
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children2, including Ripley
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, JD)

Early lifeEdit

Rand was born in southern Wake County, North Carolina, and graduated from Garner High School in 1957. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961 and a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law 1964.[1]


After serving for seven years, Rand left the Assembly to launch an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 1988, losing to Jim Gardner. Rand returned to the state Senate in 1995, where he served until his resignation in 2009.[2] His district included Bladen and Cumberland counties. A lawyer and consultant from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Rand served as Senate Majority Leader from 2001 through 2009. He was succeeded in the leadership post by Martin Nesbitt.

In 2007, Rand proposed in Senate Bill S1557 that the state formally apologize for slavery and the denial of civil rights that followed after slavery.[3][4]

On May 28, 2008, Rand filed North Carolina Senate Bill 2079[5] requiring North Carolina college students to mentor public school-age children in order to receive a bachelor's degree. The bill was named for Eve Carson and Abhijit Mahato, two students murdered in North Carolina in 2008.[6]

After leaving the Senate, Rand was appointed to head the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission.[7] He was also chairman of the board of Law Enforcement Associates Corp.[8] Later, he was chairman of the North Carolina Education Lottery Commission.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Rand had two children, including attorney Ripley Rand, who served as United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. Rand died of cancer on May 1, 2020 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He was 80.[10]


  1. ^ Dent, Anthony. "King Rand". Carolina Review. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  2. ^ News & Observer: Rand to resign Archived 2010-03-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Senate Joint Resolution DRSJR85297-LG-480B (03/22) Senator Rand, Sponsor
  4. ^ Second slavery apology bill filed Archived 2007-05-10 at the Wayback Machine Lynn Bonner and Benjamin Niolet, The News & Observer, April 4, 2007
  5. ^ "Eve Carson/Abhijit Mahato Comm. Service Prog". North Carolina Senate. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  6. ^ "Legislation seeks service requirement for undergrads in memory of 2 slain students". WRAL. May 28, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  7. ^ Parole Commissioners
  8. ^ "People: Law Enforcement Associates Corp (LAWEQ.PK)". Reuters. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  9. ^ WRAL: Longtime Democratic legislative leader Tony Rand dies
  10. ^ Press, GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated. "Tony Rand, longtime N.C. senator, power broker, dies at 80". FOX Carolina. Retrieved 2020-05-01.

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