Candidate Ronnie Ansley - Profile

Ronnie understands northern Wake County values.  Growing up in rural North Carolina, and living in the Wake Forest/Rolesville area for over 20-years, Ronnie knows the importance of common sense, personal responsibility and family values.  As both an Eagle Scout and American Farmer Degree (FFA) recipient, Ronnie knows the value and meaning of dedication and service, and continues to serve his community along with his wife Diane through their church and volunteering with community organizations such as the Future Farmers of America (FFA), Wake County School Programs, and others.

Ronnie currently practices law providing legal services to private citizens, juveniles, and indigent clients, and knows the value of hard-work and offering a hand-up and not a hand-out.  As an attorney, Ronnie has over 25 years of trial experience in Wake County courtrooms and has received many awards from the legal profession and for his work.

In addition to their regular jobs, Ronnie and Diane are re-establishing a small working farm, which includes cows, alpacas, chickens, a llama and their border collie named "Troll".

Ronnie was born in North Carolina to Mr. and Mrs. Troy Ansley. The youngest of five children, Ronnie was raised in Gaston, North Carolina, a town of approximately 800 residents in the northeastern part of the state, where he earned Scouting's highest honor, becoming an Eagle Scout at age 14. His family's home had no running water until he was age five and he did not have an indoor bathroom until he attended college.

He is a former State FFA (Future Farmers of America) Vice-President and continues to be active in the FFA through his sponsorship of the State FFA Creed Contest, leadership school scholarships, and other awards sponsorships. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of the State FFA Alumni Association and is a former State and National President of the FFA Alumni Council. Ronnie has been a life member of the FFA Alumni since the 1980s.

Upon completing his undergraduate degree at NCSU in agricultural education, Ronnie worked as a sales representative selling livestock feed and health products in Western and Central North Carolina. While working as a sales representative, Ronnie attended Clemson University and received a Master's degree in agricultural education.  Ronnie received his Law Degree in 1991 from Mississippi College School of Law, at which time he returned to Wake County to open his law office.

Professional Qualifications & Credentials

  • Licensed Attorney - North Carolina
  • Founder Law Office of James R. Ansley
  • Trained Mediator
  • Certified Arbitrator
  • Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC - Instructor (former)
  • Wake County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (former)


  • Gaston High School, 1980
  • BS, North Carolina State University, 1984
  • MS, Clemson University, 1988
  • JD, Mississippi College School of Law, 1991
  • Graduate of NC Institute of Political Leadership, Spring, 1999

Committee & Professional Organization Participation

  • Wake County Bar Association (WCBA)
  • Wake County Juvenile Defense Bar (founding member)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA)
  • Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers (WCACTL)
  • Lawyers Referral Service Committee (NCBA), Chair
  • Membership Services Committee (WCBA)
  • CLE Committee (WCBA)
  • Wake County Board of Directors (WCBA), former
  • WCACTL, former President
  • Chair of Ethics Committee of Juvenile Justice and Children's Rights Section, former
  • Centennial Celebration Committee (NCBA), former

Community Involvement & Volunteering

  • Eagle Scout
  • Special Olympics Sponsor
  • National Council on Agricultural Education
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA), former State Vice President
  • North Carolina  FFA Alumni, state President
  • Wake Teen Medical Services, former Board of Directors Chairman
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Board of Directors 1998
  • Shrine Circus Sponsor
  • North Carolina State Alumni Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1991-Present
  • National President FFA Alumni Association, 2007-2008
  • FFA Alumni, Life Member
  • FFA, Sponsor State Creed Contest & Leadership School Scholarship
  • American Farmer Degree Recipient
  • Fatherhood Development Planning Committee
  • Teen Court of Wake County Volunteer
  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program (WCBA)
  • North Carolina Citizens for International Understanding
  • Fraternal Order of Police sponsor
  • International Visitors Council/World Affairs Council
  • PTA Volunteer
  • Wake County Schools Volunteer