Remembering a Great Man, Foundation Advocate and Legislative Giant
William L. Wainwright was a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the 12th House district including constituents in Craven and Lenoir counties. Rep. Wainwright served in the NC State Legislature for more than 20 years.
Wainwright was a presiding elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. In January 2007, Wainwright was nominated by his colleagues in the Democratic Caucus as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. He was elected on January 24, making him the first African-American to serve in the number-two post in the House since Reconstruction. He was re-elected Speaker Pro Tempore in 2009. After Democrats lost their House majority, Wainwright was elected Deputy Minority Leader.
Wainwright was known as a dedicated public servant who was known for his deeply-held faith and the passion he brought to every aspect of his life.
To honor this great man, the annual scholarship banquet is called The William L. Wainwright Scholarship Banquet.