|48th North Carolina Attorney General|
January 6, 2001
|Governor||Mike Easley (2001–2009)
Beverly Perdue (2009–2013)
Pat McCrory (2013-present)
|Preceded by||Mike Easley|
|Member of the
North Carolina Senate
|Member of the
North Carolina House of Representatives
June 13, 1957 |
Nashville, North Carolina
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.)
Personal life and education 
Born in Nash County, North Carolina, Cooper was raised in a rural community and worked in tobacco fields during the summer as a teenager. He received the Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as the president of the university's Young Democrats, and then also earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from UNC.
Cooper has a wife, Kristin, and three daughters, Hilary, Natalie, and Claire.
Political career 
After practicing law with his family's law firm for a number of years, Cooper was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1986 and named to the North Carolina Senate in 1991. In 1997, he was elected Democratic Majority Leader of the state Senate. He continued to practice law as the managing partner of the law firm Fields & Cooper in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Cooper was elected North Carolina Attorney General in November 2000 and took office on January 6, 2001; he was re-elected for a second term in 2004. Cooper was mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for North Carolina governor in 2008, but he decided to run for re-election as Attorney General instead. He was easily re-elected, garnering more votes than any other statewide candidate in the November 2008 elections. Both state and national Democrats attempted to recruit him to run against Republican Senator Richard Burr in 2010, but he declined.
Cooper's third term has been highlighted by controversy surrounding the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He was speculated as a possible candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 2012 after incumbent Governor Bev Perdue announced her retirement, Cooper declined to run. His political consultant announced in 2011 that Cooper would seek a fourth term in 2012. He is unopposed in both the Democratic primary and the general election.
In the November 2012 elections, Cooper ran unopposed and will be serving another term. According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, Cooper received 2,803,766 votes.
Duke Lacrosse rape case 
In January 2007, when Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong asked to be recused from dealing with the Duke lacrosse case, Attorney General Cooper's office assumed responsibility for the case. On April 11, 2007, Cooper dismissed the case against the Duke lacrosse team players, declaring them "Innocent" and victims of "a tragic rush to judgment."
- Andrea Weigl. "newsobserver.com: Cooper says he won't run for governor". Retrieved June 22, 2008.
- News & Observer: Roy Cooper, N.C.'s most popular Democrat
- Charlotte Observer: AG Roy Cooper says no to Senate race
- News & Observer: Cooper replaces SBI director
- News & Observer: Holding may seek attorney general's office
- Daily Reflector
- Supreme Court site
- News & Observer: Court questions N.C.'s position on Miranda warning
- News & Observer: High court rules against NC in juvenile Miranda rights
- Official bio at the North Carolina Department of Justice
- News & Observer "Under the Dome" Profile
- Roy Cooper Campaign site
- Draft Cooper for U.S. Senate blog
- North Carolina Democratic Party
|North Carolina Attorney General
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for North Carolina Attorney General
2000, 2004, 2008, 2012