Roy Cooper

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Roy Asberry Cooper III (born June 13, 1957) is an American attorney and politician, serving as the 75th governor of North Carolina since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 49th attorney general of North Carolina from 2001 to 2017 and in the North Carolina General Assembly in both the House of Representatives and Senate between 1987 and 2001.[1]

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Roy Cooper
Cooper in 2018
75th Governor of North Carolina
Assumed office
January 1, 2017
LieutenantDan Forest
Mark Robinson
Preceded byPat McCrory
49th Attorney General of North Carolina
In office
January 6, 2001  January 1, 2017
GovernorMike Easley
Bev Perdue
Pat McCrory
Preceded byMike Easley
Succeeded byJosh Stein
Majority Leader of the North Carolina Senate
In office
July 17, 1997  January 1, 2001
LeaderMarc Basnight
Preceded byRichard Conder
Succeeded byTony Rand
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 10th district
In office
February 21, 1991  January 1, 2001
Preceded byJim Ezzell
Succeeded byA. B. Swindell
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 72nd district
In office
February 9, 1987  February 21, 1991
Preceded byAllen Barbee
Succeeded byEdward McGee
Personal details
Roy Asberry Cooper III

(1957-06-13) June 13, 1957 (age 66)
Nashville, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1992)
ResidenceExecutive Mansion
EducationUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, JD)

Cooper defeated Republican incumbent Pat McCrory for the governorship in a close race in the 2016 election.[2] On December 5, McCrory conceded the election, making Cooper the first challenger to defeat a sitting governor in the state's history.[3] Cooper took office on January 1, 2017. The Republican-dominated legislature passed bills in a special session before he took office to reduce the power of the governor's office. The legislature has overridden several of his vetoes of legislation. Cooper was reelected in 2020, defeating Republican nominee and Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.