Lisa Grafstein

North Carolina State Senate, District 13

Lisa is the only out LGBTQ+ member of the NC State Senate!


Lisa Grafstein has been a civil rights lawyer since 1995. After running her own firm for 16 years, she joined Disability Rights North Carolina, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities. At Disability Rights, she litigates cases to enforce the rights of people with disabilities to live and work free from discrimination. She has represented people facing employment discrimination, voting rights violations, disability discrimination by public agencies, denial of access to public accommodations, and constitutional rights violations. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and received her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. In 2022, Lisa was elected to the NC Senate to serve District 13 in Wake County and serves on the following committees: Judiciary; Agriculture, Energy, and Environment; State and Local Government; Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety; Legislative Ethics; and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety. Lisa has received many professional awards, including the Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the Champion of Justice Award from the Barbara McDowell and Gerald Hartman Foundation. She was listed among the top 50 women lawyers in North Carolina by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011 and was named to the Legal Elite by Business North Carolina.