Born: December 6, 1926
Education: Graduate of Episcopal High School, 1944
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1944-1945
Amherst College, Bachelor of Arts, 1948
Military Service: U.S. Naval Air Corps, 1944-1945
Occupation: Founder and Chairman, Plastic Packaging, Inc., Hickory, NC
Family: Married Donna Davis, June 14, 1952
Children: Lucinda Garrison Ballenger; Melissa Jane Ballenger Jordan; and Dorothy Davis Ballenger Weaver.
Public Service: Elected to special term 99th Congress, November, 1986, and to full two-year term, 100th
Congress, plus all succeeding Congresses.
Served in NC House (1974-1976) and Senate, (1976-1986), as well as other county and federal offices. Member of a number of influential House committees.
Honors: Many citations from business and government organizations for leadership and community service such as the National Association of Manufacturers, and the American Furniture Manufacturers Association.
Civic Activities: Day Care Center Founder; United Fund Chairman; Director, Chamber of Commerce; BOD, Episcopal High School, and many charitable and arts organizations.