Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

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Lieutenant Governor of
North Carolina
Seal of North Carolina.svg
Mark Robinson (cropped).png
Mark Robinson

since January 1, 2021 (2021-01-01)
Member of
SeatRaleigh, North Carolina
Term lengthFour years, renewable once consecutively
Constituting instrumentNorth Carolina Constitution of 1868
Inaugural holderTod R. Caldwell
SalaryUS$124,676 per year
WebsiteOfficial website

The lieutenant governor of North Carolina is the second highest elected official in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the only elected official to have powers in both the legislative and executive branches of state government. The current lieutenant governor is Mark Robinson, a Republican.

As of 2008, the administrative offices of the lieutenant governor are located in the historic Hawkins-Hartness House on N. Blount Street in Raleigh's Government District. The lieutenant governor also maintains an office at the nearby North Carolina State Legislative Building. At one time, the lieutenant governor had an office in the North Carolina State Capitol.[2]

Duties and powers[edit]

The office of lieutenant governor was created by the North Carolina Constitution of 1868. Just as the vice president of the United States presides (albeit rarely) over the United States Senate, the lieutenant governor's primary responsibility is to preside over the North Carolina Senate; until 1970, this was the lieutenant governor's only major responsibility, and the position was only part-time. The position is now a full-time job.

By virtue of the office (Ex officio), the lieutenant governor is a member of the Council of State, the North Carolina Board of Education, the North Carolina Capital Planning Commission, and the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges, and serves as the Chairman of the eLearning Commission.[3]

From 1868 through 1977, the lieutenant governor, like the governor of North Carolina, was limited to a single four-year term. In 1977, the North Carolina Constitution was amended to allow both the governor and the lieutenant governor to serve two consecutive terms.[4]

Succession to office of governor[edit]

The lieutenant governor is the first official in line to succeed the governor of North Carolina, should that office be vacated. This has occurred five times in the history of the office; four of the first six lieutenant governors were promoted upon the death, impeachment, or resignation of the previously sitting governor.

Lieutenant governors have often run for governor, but few have been successful. Jim Hunt, elected governor in 1976, and Beverly Perdue, elected governor in 2008, are the two most recent exceptions.[5]

The lieutenant governor is elected on a separate ballot from the governor; therefore, it is possible that the governor and lieutenant governor may be of different political party affiliations. This has happened three times in North Carolina since the 1977 constitutional amendment, once from 1985 to 1989, 2017 to 2021, and during the current 2021 to 2025 term.

List of lieutenant governors[edit]


  Democratic (29)   Republican (6)

# Portrait Lt. Governor Term of office Political party Governor(s)
1 Tod Caldwell.jpg Tod R. Caldwell[a] 1868–1870 Republican William W. Holden (R)
Office vacant 1870–1873
2 Curtis Hooks Brogden portrait.jpg Curtis H. Brogden 1873–1874 Republican Tod R. Caldwell (R)
Office vacant 1874–1877
3 Thomas Jordan Jarvis.jpg Thomas J. Jarvis 1877–1879 Democratic Zebulon B. Vance (D)
Office vacant 1879–1881
4 James L Robinson.jpg James L. Robinson[b] 1881–1885 Democratic Thomas J. Jarvis (D)
5 Charles M Stedman.jpg Charles M. Stedman 1885–1889 Democratic Alfred Moore Scales (D)
6 Thomas Michael Holt Governor of North Carolina.jpeg Thomas M. Holt 1889–1891 Democratic Daniel Gould Fowle (D)
Office vacant 1891–1893
7 Rufus Doughton.jpg Rufus A. Doughton 1893–1897 Democratic Elias Carr (D)
8 Charles A. Reynolds.png Charles A. Reynolds 1897–1901 Republican Daniel Lindsay Russell (R)
9 W. D. Turner.jpg Wilfred D. Turner 1901–1905 Democratic Charles Brantley Aycock (D)
10 Francis D. Winston.jpg Francis D. Winston 1905–1909 Democratic Robert Broadnax Glenn (D)
11 William C. Newland.jpg William C. Newland 1909–1913 Democratic William Walton Kitchin (D)
12 Elijah Longstreet Daughtridge.png Elijah L. Daughtridge 1913–1917 Democratic Locke Craig (D)
13 O. Max Gardner, 1916.png Oliver Max Gardner 1917–1921 Democratic Thomas Walter Bickett (D)
14 William Bryant Cooper.jpg William B. Cooper 1921–1925 Democratic Cameron A. Morrison (D)
15 No image.svg Jacob E. Long 1925–1929 Democratic Angus Wilton McLean (D)
16 Richard Fountain.jpg Richard T. Fountain 1929–1933 Democratic Oliver Max Gardner (D)
17 No image.svg Alexander H. Graham 1933–1937 Democratic John C. B. Ehringhaus (D)
18 Wilkins P. Horton, NC Lieutenant Governor, 1939 (8493473582) (cropped).jpg Wilkins P. Horton 1937–1941 Democratic Clyde R. Hoey (D)
19 Reginald L. Harris.jpg Reginald L. Harris 1941–1945 Democratic J. Melville Broughton (D)
20 Lynton Y. Ballentine.jpg Lynton Y. Ballentine 1945–1949 Democratic R. Gregg Cherry (D)
21 Hoyt Patrick Taylor.jpg Hoyt Patrick Taylor 1949–1953 Democratic W. Kerr Scott (D)
22 N 85 29 L Hodges-Bill Friday-Bob House 56 (8080601640) (cropped).jpg Luther H. Hodges 1953–1954 Democratic William B. Umstead (D)
Office vacant 1954–1957
23 Luther Barnhardt.jpg Luther E. Barnhardt 1957–1961 Democratic Luther H. Hodges (D)
24 Harvey Cloyd Philpott.jpg Harvey Cloyd Philpott[c] 1961 Democratic Terry Sanford (D)
Office vacant 1961–1965
25 Robert W. Scott official photo (cropped).jpg Robert W. Scott 1965–1969 Democratic Dan K. Moore (D)
26 Hoyt P. Taylor Jr.jpg Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr. 1969–1973 Democratic Robert W. Scott (D)
27 Jim Hunt as Lieutenant Governor.jpg Jim Hunt 1973–1977 Democratic James Holshouser (R)
28 Jimmy C. Green.jpg James C. Green[d] 1977–1985 Democratic Jim Hunt (D)
29 Robert B. Jordan (cropped).jpg Robert B. Jordan 1985–1989 Democratic James G. Martin (R)
30 Jim Gardner.png Jim Gardner[e] 1989–1993 Republican
31 Dennis Wicker (cropped).jpg Dennis Wicker 1993–2001 Democratic Jim Hunt (D)
32 Beverly Perdue official photo.jpg Bev Perdue[f] 2001–2009 Democratic Mike Easley (D)
33 Walter Dalton.jpg Walter Dalton 2009–2013 Democratic Bev Perdue (D)
34 Dan Forest in 2018.jpg Dan Forest 2013–2021 Republican Pat McCrory (R)
Roy Cooper (D)
35 Mark Robinson (cropped).png Mark Robinson[g] 2021–present Republican Roy Cooper (D)
  1. ^ Became Governor on December 20, 1870.
  2. ^ Robinson is often referred to as "acting Lieutenant Governor" from 1879 through 1881, because, as President Pro Tempore of the Senate at the time that Jarvis succeeded to the governorship, he became President of the Senate, putting him next in line to succeed the governor. However, technically, there is no such office as "acting" lieutenant governor, meaning that the office was vacant, just as it had been in periods such as 1874-1877. Robinson was elected lieutenant governor in his own right in 1880.
  3. ^ Died in office.
  4. ^ First Lt. Governor to serve two terms.
  5. ^ First Republican elected since Reynolds in 1896.
  6. ^ First female Lt. Governor.
  7. ^ First African American Lt. Governor.

See also[edit]

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Elections: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020


  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ News & Observer: Homeless lt. governors, next on Oprah? Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ eLearningNC
  4. ^ NC Government Records Branch
  5. ^ News & Observer: A curse on lieutenant governors? Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine

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