The Honorable Joe P. Tolson
ORG North Carolina House of Representatives Title BIO Joe Pat Tolson was born in Edgecombe County in 1943. He was raised on a family farm (dairy and crop farming). He comes from a family with a strong work ethic. He attended Edgecombe County Schools and graduated from South Edgecombe High School in 1959. Joe went to Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) and graduated in 1963. His first professional job was teaching in the Chesapeake, Virginia School System where he also served as an assistant football coach. In 1970, he returned to Edgecombe County and began his community college career at Edgecombe Community College as Director of Adult Basic Education and then as Director of Extension. He developed and supervised an extensive Adult Education Program. This was described as one of the larger programs in the NC Community College System. He also served as Director of the Rocky Mount Center of Edgecombe Community College. That campus now represents approximately 45% of the students and programs that the College currently serves. He retired from Edgecombe Community College after a long and distinguished career to fill the unexpired term of State Representative E. Norris Tolson, who was appointed Secretary of Commerce by Governor Hunt. Joe continues to serve the 23rd District in a most commendable manner. During this current session of the General Assembly, he is serving as a member of the Agriculture Committee; Appropriations Committee; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation; Commerce and Job Development Committee; Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Science and Technology; Education Committee; House Select Committee on Methamphetamine Abuse; Public Utilities Committee; and State Personnel Committee. He is married, has three children and one grandchild.