The North Carolina Christmas Tree Association has awarded State Senator Deanna Ballard with the Outstanding Public Official Award for her ongoing support of the Christmas Tree Industry
Harry Yates, with the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, said “The North Carolina Christmas Tree Association (NCCTA) values and appreciates Senator Ballard’s attentiveness to our industry’s needs, as well as her participation in our semi-annual meetings and farm visits. She has also participated in special events including Trees for Troops and the White House Tree Selection and presentation. She has been very supportive to our industry’s concerns and we recognize her efforts in assisting the Christmas Tree Industry and Agriculture.”
Senator Ballard represents North Carolina’s 45th District, which is comprised of Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga and Wilkes Counties.
Senator Ballard launched her political career as a volunteer for George W. Bush’s Presidential Advance Team and quickly worked her way up to become a special assistant to the President and director of scheduling and advance for First Lady Laura Bush. She is the daughter of a school teacher and a logger and she learned to appreciate hard work from her parents. She currently serves on several NC State legislative committees including Appropriations on Education/Higher Education, Education/Higher Education, State and Local Government and Transportation.