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Deanna Ballard is a native of North Carolina who has built a career based on dedicated service to others and a firm foundation in conservative values. She currently works full-time for Rev. Franklin Graham at Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization headquartered in Boone and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association based in Charlotte.  Elected in 2016, Deanna has worked diligently for her constituents while serving as a member of the Committees on Education/Higher Education Appropriations, Education/Higher Education, Health Care, State and Local Government, and Transportation. As the youngest female Senator currently in the North Carolina General Assembly, Deanna proudly represents northwestern North Carolina in State Senate District 45.