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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.
|75th Governor of North Carolina|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Pat McCrory|
|49th Attorney General of North Carolina|
January 6, 2001 – January 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Mike Easley|
|Succeeded by||Josh Stein|
|Majority Leader of the North Carolina Senate|
July 17, 1997 – January 1, 2001
|Preceded by||Richard Conder|
|Succeeded by||Tony Rand|
|Member of the North Carolina Senate|
from the 10th district
February 21, 1991 – January 1, 2001
|Preceded by||Jim Ezzell|
|Succeeded by||A. B. Swindell|
|Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives|
from the 72nd district
February 9, 1987 – February 21, 1991
|Preceded by||Allen Barbee|
|Succeeded by||Edward McGee|
Roy Asberry Cooper III
(1957-06-13) June 13, 1957 (age 66)
Nashville, North Carolina, U.S.
|Education||University 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. On December 5, McCrory conceded the election, making Cooper the first challenger to defeat a sitting governor in the state's history. 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.