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Governor of North Carolina

Head of state and government of the U.S. state of North Carolina / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The governor of North Carolina is the head of government of the U.S. state of North Carolina. Seventy people have held the office since its inception in 1776. The governor serves a term of four years and chairs the collective body of the state's elected executive officials, the Council of State. The governor's powers and responsibilities are prescribed by the state constitution and by law. They serve as the North Carolina's chief executive and are tasked by the constitution with faithfully carrying out the laws of the state. They are ex officio commander in chief of the North Carolina National Guard and director of the state budget. The office has extensive powers of appointment of executive branch officials, some judges, and members of boards and commissions. Governors are also empowered to grant pardons and veto legislation.

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Governor of North Carolina
Gubernatorial seal
Roy Cooper
since January 1, 2017 (2017-01-01)
Government of North Carolina
Member ofCouncil of State
ResidenceExecutive Mansion
SeatRaleigh, North Carolina
Term lengthFour years, renewable once consecutively
Inaugural holderRichard Caswell
DeputyLieutenant Governor of North Carolina
SalaryUS$165,750 per year
WebsiteOfficial website

Historically, North Carolina has had a weak governor with limited authority. Unlike most of their counterparts in the United States, the North Carolina governor lacks line-item veto power, while additional executive authority is vested in other elected officials on the Council of State. While the state has grown increasingly politically competitive since the mid-20th century, Republicans have had difficulty in winning gubernatorial elections in North Carolina, and the office has usually remained in Democratic hands. The current governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, took office on January 1, 2017.