Rufus L. Edmisten was born in Boone, NC in 1941 and lives in Raleigh with his wife Linda. Rufus is the founding partner in the Edmisten & Webb Law Firm in Raleigh, NC.
From 1964 to 1974 he was aide to United States Senator Sam J. Ervin. Jr. and was chief legal counsel to senator Ervin during his chairmanship of the Senate Watergate Committee. He served North Carolina as Attorney General from 1974-1984 and Secretary of State from 1989 to 1996.
As a lifelong friend of boxing, working with board members Mike Bivens, Bill Clancy, Bill McInnis and former Heavyweight Champion James Bonecrusher Smith, he formed the first North Carolina Boxing Commission in 1996. Boxing in the Carolina’s is forever grateful.