Dan Forest

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Dan Forest
Dan Forest.jpg
34th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
Assumed office
January 7, 2013
Governor Pat McCrory
Roy Cooper
Preceded by Walter Dalton
Personal details
Born (1967-10-15) October 15, 1967 (age 49)
Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alice Forest
Children 4
Parents Sue Myrick (Mother)
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Education University of North Carolina,
(BArch, MArch)
Website Government website

Dan Forest (born October 15, 1967) is an American politician who currently serves as the 34th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. A Republican, Forest is an architect by trade. Prior to his run for lieutenant governor, he was the senior partner and office president of North Carolina’s largest architectural firm, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. He is also the son of former U.S. Representative and former Charlotte Mayor Sue Myrick. Forest lives in Raleigh with his wife, Alice, and his four children.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Forest holds a degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and formerly served on the UNC Charlotte College of Architecture Advisory Board. He is the former chair of Wake Forest Pregnancy Support Services and former chair of The Triangle Leadership Forum in Raleigh.


Campaign video of Dan Forest, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, explaining why he believes the 2012 election is important.

In 2012, in his first run for office, Forest placed first (with a 67,000 vote margin of victory) in a crowded May primary election, which included Speaker Pro Tempore of the North Carolina House of Representatives Dale Folwell, Representative Gray Mills, and Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley. Forest went on to defeat Gurley in a July 17 runoff election, winning 96 of 100 counties, to become the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.[2] His candidacy was heavily backed by both the Republican Party and the Tea party movement.

In November, Forest defeated former State Representative Linda Coleman in the general election for lieutenant governor. After a provisional ballot recount, Forest's margin of victory was only about 7,000 votes, or .16%.[3] Upon his swearing-in on January 7, 2013,[4][5] Forest became the first Republican lieutenant governor since James Carson Gardner left office in 1993, and only the second Republican elected to the office since 1897.

Forest was re-elected lieutenant governor on November 8, 2016, again over Coleman. His second term began on January 1, 2017, when he became the first lieutenant governor of the state to serve with two different governors (Gov. Pat McCrory having lost his bid for reelection to Roy Cooper).

His re-election also marks the third time in state history that the governor and lieutneant governor are from different parties, and the first time that there has been a Republican lieutenant governor with a Democratic governor. Previously Democrats Jim Hunt and Robert B. Jordan, III were the Lieutenant Governors during the Gubernatorial terms of Republicans James Holshouser and James G. Martin, respectively.

Lieutenant Governor Forest presides over the North Carolina Senate as President of the Senate. He is a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education, the NC State Board of Community Colleges, the NC Board of Economic Development, and the Military Affairs Commission. He is also the chair of the E-Learning Commission and chairman of the Energy Policy Council. His office is located at the Hawkins-Hartness House in downtown Raleigh.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Forest 253,656 32.98
Republican Tony Gurley 190,980 24.83
Republican Dale Folwell 186,564 24.25
Republican Grey Mills 112,824 14.67
Republican Arthur Jason Rich 25,206 3.28
North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Runoff Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Forest 101,961 67.87
Republican Tony Gurley 48,278 32.13
North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Forest 2,187,728 50.08
Democratic Linda Coleman 2,180,870 49.92


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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Dalton
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina