Susan's Story

Representative Susan Fisher has spent her life serving the public. She has represented the people of NC House District 114 since 2003, when she was appointed to the seat held by Lillian Exuum Clement, Mary Nesbitt, and Martin Nesbitt.
Susan has a strong record on issues that matter to her constituents: jobs and the economy, education, protecting our environment, and promoting civil rights for all people.  To view Representative Fisher’s record in the House, service on committees, and legislation introduced and sponsored click here.

Before serving in the House, Susan served on the Asheville School Board for eight years–as Chair for four of those years–and worked as Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Kids Voting.

Susan Fisher has deep roots in her community. She, her parents, and her grandparents were all raised in Buncombe County.

Susan, her parents, and her children were all educated at Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools. Susan attended Oakley Elementary School, Haw Creek School, David Millard for Junior High, South French Broad for grade 9, and graduated from Asheville High School in 1973, part of the first racially integrated class to complete grades 9-12 together at Asheville High. She then attended nearby Mars Hill College.

Susan has strong values. She is strongly committed to family. She and her husband, John Fisher, Jr. have been married for over 40 years. They are the parents of two grown children, Alex and Jonathan, and proud grandparents of Oliver and Sophia.

Susan was determined to raise her children here in her home town so that they could grow up with grandparents and other extended family close by. She continues to attend the same church she attended as a child; St. John’s Episcopal Church in Haw Creek.Susan believes in public service–in giving back to the community. For over twenty years Susan has been an active volunteer in her church, in the schools, and in local community organizations. Currently she serves as senior warden of the vestry, lay reader and choir member at St. John’s.

Susan is deeply committed to advocating for children and families. She worked for years in education, beginning as a teacher’s assistant. As School Board chair she strove to ensure a quality education for all children.

Susan is committed to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Western North Carolina. Together we must encourage economic opportunities, especially among homegrown industries while we insure a healthy economy and environment for our future and that of our children.

Susan has proven experience, beginning with her work in the Washington, D.C. office of the late Congressman James McClure Clarke from our 11th Congressional District. She became president of the League of Women Voters of Asheville/Buncombe County and later served as Governor Hunt’s appointee to the N.C. Council for Women. As School Board Member and Chair, Susan honed her skills as a consensus builder and a leader who listens.

As a legislator, Susan has fought hard for quality education for all North Carolinians, and has been a strong voice for women, children, civil rights, protecting the environment, and improving the economy with sustainable local jobs.  Susan has also been a voice for accountability and ethics in government, helping to pass the strongest ethics legislation in NC history.

Having served in the NC House since January of 2004, Susan continues to care deeply about serving her constituents, working hard and getting results.