Bachelor, University Kentucky, 1969. Master of Education, University Florida, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Florida, 1976.
Private lecturer, writer, consultant, 1980-1986. President The Perdue Company, New Bern, North Carolina. Member from District 3 North Carolina House of Representatives, Raleigh, 1987—1991, North Carolina State Senate, 1991—2001.
Lieutenant governor State of North Carolina, 2001—2009, governor, since 2009. Toll fellow National Conference State Legislators, Lexington, Kentucky, 1992. Board directors Nations Bank, New Bern.
Executive member North Carolina Democratic Party. Member North Carolina travel board National Conference State Legislators. Board directors North Carolina United Way, Greensboro, 1990—1992.
Member of Business & Professional Women, Rotary.
Married Gary Perdue, 1970 (divorced 1974). Children: Garrett, Emmett. Married Robert W. Eaves, Junior, 1997.