Governor of North Carolina

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Head of government of the U.S. state of North Carolina.

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Jim Hunt

American politician and retired attorney who was the 69th and 71st Governor of North Carolina (1977–1985, and 1993–2001).

Hunt as Lieutenant Governor, c. 1973
Jim Hunt campaigning in 1992
Hunt speaking at North Carolina State University in 1992

Hunt was first sworn in as Governor of North Carolina on January 8, 1977.

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

Second highest elected official in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the only elected official to have powers in both the legislative and executive branches of state government.

The lieutenant governor is the first official in line to succeed the governor of North Carolina, should that office be vacated.

North Carolina General Assembly

Bicameral legislature of the State government of North Carolina.

The Governor's Palace in New Bern is where the provincial era General Assembly met from 1770 until 1775.
North Carolina State House 17941810
North Carolina State House 18111831
North Carolina Capitol, home to the General Assembly from 1840 until 1963

As William S. Powell wrote in North Carolina: A History, "The legislative branch henceforth would have the upper hand. The governor would be the creature of the assembly, elected by it and removable by it. ... The governor could not take any important step without the advice and consent of the 'council of state,' and he had no voice in the appointment or removal of [council of state members]."

List of governors of North Carolina

The governor of North Carolina has a duty to enforce state laws and to convene the legislature.

Constitution of North Carolina

Highest legal document for the state and subjugates North Carolina law.

North Carolina State Constitutional Convention of 1835

The General Assembly picked Judges, the Governor and the members in the Council of State.

North Carolina Council of State

Collective name for the senior executive offices in the Government of North Carolina, all of which are established by the Constitution of North Carolina.

North Carolina State Constitutional Convention of 1835

Currently, the Council of State includes the popularly elected Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor and Commissioner of Insurance.

North Carolina State Capitol

Former seat of the legislature of the U.S. state of North Carolina which housed all of the state's government until 1888.

George Washington Statue at North Carolina State Capitol
Statues of U.S. Presidents from North Carolina
Classical Greek Facade of North Carolina State Capitol
Interior view of dome.
Bust of Governor of North Carolina John Motley Morehead
North Carolina State Capitol In 1861
South side of the State Capitol, 2016

The building was built following the destruction by fire of the first North Carolina State House in 1831, and today houses the offices of the Governor of North Carolina.

James Holshouser

Holshouser circa 1963
Holshouser (third from left) with a North Carolina economic delegation in Moscow, September 1973
During his time as governor, Holshouser was engaged in an intra-party with conservative followers of U.S. Senator Jesse Helms (pictured).

James Eubert Holshouser Jr. (October 8, 1934 – June 17, 2013) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 68th Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1973 to 1977.

Roy Cooper

Cooper during his tenure as a state senator
Attorney General Roy Cooper in 2009
Cooper campaigning in October 2016
Cooper being sworn-in as governor of North Carolina
Governor Cooper, Dan Forest and Thom Tillis meet with President Donald Trump, September 2018
Roy Cooper and his family at a campaign rally, November 2016

Roy Asberry Cooper III (born June 13, 1957) is an American attorney and politician serving as the 75th governor of North Carolina since 2017.

Daniel Lindsay Russell

Daniel Lindsay Russell Jr. (August 7, 1845 – May 14, 1908) was the 49th Governor of North Carolina, serving from 1897 to 1901.