"I believe in an activist government that provides for the common good and protects the vulnerable while maintaining a balance between the rights of the individual and the wellbeing of the larger community. In our democracy, both the individual and government - the collective will of the people - bear responsibility for a sustainable future."
BIO | ASSIGNMENTS |
BILLS | AWARDS
First elected for the 1997-98 session of the North Carolina General Assembly, Verla Insko is running for her 10th term in the North Carolina House of Representatives. She served as a chair of the Joint Legislative Mental Health Oversight Committee for 12 years and House Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee for four years and is known for her expertise in Medicaid and health care issues as well was the needs, aspirations and potential of some of the most vulnerable and underserved in our state.
A product of public schools in Modesto, California and with a bachelors degree in biology from Fresno State College and a Masters in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, Verla is a strong advocate for public education and the UNC System. She fully supports the State constitutional mandate that the benefits of the University “as far as is practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.
Following her bachelor's degree and a Graduate Internship in Education at UC Berkeley, Verla was a junior high school science teacher in Berkeley and at the Kamehameha Schools Preparatory Department in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 1965, when Verla and her husband, Chet Insko, moved to North Carolina, she was active in community service as a member of the first board of directors for the Orange County Partnership for Young Children (Smart Start) and later as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Center for Women. She gained political experience working on Howard Lee’s campaign for mayor of Chapel Hill and served as Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party for one term.
Verla served eight years on the Chapel Hill Carrboro Board of Education, four years on the Orange County Board of Commissioners and four years on the Board of Directors for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority where she was chair for two years. She also worked as a district legislative assistant for Congressman David Price in his Raleigh office.
After earning a Masters Degree in Public Administration from UNC-CH, she worked several years as program administrator for the UNC Sickle Cell Program at the UNC School of Medicine, a co-grantee of the NIH funded Duke UNC Sickle Cell Center.
Verla is married to Chester (Chet) Insko, a retired UNC professor of psychology. They have two sons: Erik is a radiologist in Charlotte; Kurt is a law enforcement officer in Raleigh; his wife Gina is Legislative Assistant to Representative Insko. Chet and Verla have three grandchildren: Thomas, Lauren and Nathaniel.
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For a listing of NC House committee assignments, click here.
For a sample of the successful bills Verla has sponsored, click here.
For honors and awards, click here.