Ricky Bowman has served as District Attorney for the Seventeenth B Judicial District for 22 years. He was appointed by the Governor and was sworn into office on May 1, 1995. He was elected District Attorney in 1996, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

He received an Associate in Arts Degree from Surry Community College in 1975, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wake Forest University in 1977 and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from Campbell University School of Law. He had his own law practice from 1984 until 1995 when he was appointed to serve as the District Attorney for the Surry County and Stokes County.

He is a member of New Home Church of Christ where he has attended services for 53 years. He has been a member of Copeland Masonic Lodge for 38 years. He is a member of the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, the Surry County Bar Association, the District 17B Bar, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys and various community and Governmental organizations. He has been married for 33 years to Lorri and has two children, Lindsay and Zack.

While serving as District Attorney, Bowman started the Worthless Check Program for Surry County and Stokes County. The Program provides businesses and citizens a way to collect and pay worthless checks without court involvement. Revenues generated by the program pay all costs for the program, thus there is no costs to the taxpayer. He also initiated and helped to establish Administrative Traffic Court for Surry and Stokes County in 1997. Traffic Court is an informal Court without a Judge where ordinary citizens can come to court to handle minor traffic violations. Bowman was also able to make Felony Plea Court a reality wherein H and I felonies could be handled in District Court. Felony Plea Court enables H and I felonies to be done more quickly thus helping victims of crime obtain restitution more quickly.

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