Roy Cooper

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Roy Cooper
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48th North Carolina Attorney General
Incumbent
Assumed office
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
In office
1991–2001
Member of the
North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
1987–1991
Personal details
Born Roy Asberry Cooper III
(1957-06-13) June 13, 1957 (age 57)
Nashville, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kristin Cooper
Children 3
Alma mater University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.)

Roy Asberry Cooper III (born June 13, 1957)[1] is the current North Carolina Attorney General. He is a member of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He is expected to be a candidate in the 2016 North Carolina Gubernatorial Election.[2]

Personal life and education[edit]

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[edit]

State Legislature[edit]

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.

North Carolina Attorney General[edit]

Elections[edit]

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.[3] He was easily re-elected, garnering more votes than any other statewide candidate in the November 2008 elections.[4] Both state and national Democrats attempted to recruit him to run against Republican Senator Richard Burr in 2010, but he declined.[5] 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.[6] His political consultant announced in 2011 that Cooper would seek a fourth term in 2012.[7] He was unopposed in both the Democratic primary and the general election.[8] In the November 2012 elections, Cooper received 2,828,941 votes. Cooper is considering running for Governor of North Carolina in 2016.[9]

Tenure[edit]

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."

Cooper's third term was highlighted by controversy surrounding the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.[10]

Cooper argued his first case before the United States Supreme Court, J. D. B. v. North Carolina, in 2011.[11][12] The Court ruled 5–4 against North Carolina.[13]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Mike Easley
North Carolina Attorney General
2001–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mike Easley
Democratic nominee for North Carolina Attorney General
2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
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