January 27, 2017

Welcome Mary Summa!

We are thrilled to announce that Mary Summa has agreed to serve as our Pro-Life issue chair. Mary is a decades-long Eagle Forum ally and a great friend who garnered tremendous respect during her illustrious Capitol Hill career as an advisor to the late Senator Jesse Helms on family and values issues. Mary trained and mentored some of the most effective conservative staffers on Capitol Hill today, several of whom were recently tapped to serve in the Trump Administration.

Phyllis relied heavily on Mary as an indispensable leader in Eagle Forum’s and RNC for Life’s efforts to protect and strengthen the pro-life plank in the Republican Party Platform over the years. Mary has conducted tactical training, drafted language and provided crucial leadership for pro-life, conservative Platform Delegates at every Republican National Convention since 1992.

Mary is a prolific author who has published more than 20 articles on pro-family legal and legislative issues. She served as an independent advisor, providing legal advice and legislative drafting on various domestic issues before the North Carolina General Assembly for the North Carolina Family Policy Council from 2010 through 2014.

She has served on numerous capacities on North Carolina state and county Republican Party Committees and has frequently been elected as a Platform Delegate to the Republican National Conventions dating back to 1992. She currently serves as Member of the Board of Directors for the Jesse Helms Foundation and as the Chair of the Board of Elections for Mecklenberg County, the largest county in North Carolina.

Mary is a Visiting Professor of Criminal Justice at Belmont Abbey College, and a very active and well-respected member of her church, Cathedral of St. Patrick, where she teaches a Faith Formation class.

Mary is married to fellow attorney Phil Summa and is the mother of five children. She has received many awards for her professional accomplishments and leadership within her community, and was honored to receive Eagle Forum’s Fulltime Homemaker of the Year Award in 1992.