Linda Coleman (North Carolina politician)

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Linda Coleman
Linda coleman of nc.jpg
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 38th district
In office
January 2005 – January 2009
Preceded byJ. Sam Ellis
Succeeded byDarren Jackson
Personal details
Born (1949-07-12) July 12, 1949 (age 69)
Greenville, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationNorth Carolina A&T State University (BA)
University of Pittsburgh (MPA)

Linda Coleman (born July 12, 1949) is an American politician from the state of North Carolina. Coleman was elected to three terms as a Democratic state representative in the North Carolina General Assembly before being appointed Director of the Office of State Personnel by the Governor in 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

She attended public schools in Greenville and North Carolina A&T University. She later earned a master's degree in public administration. Her first job out of college was as a classroom teacher.[1]

Early political career and state legislature[edit]

Before serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives, Coleman was a Wake County Commissioner for four years, and worked as human resources management director at the State Departments of Agriculture and Administration and as personnel director for the Department of Community Colleges.

In the legislature, she represented Eastern Wake County, North Carolina. Coleman was elected for the first time in November 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008.[2] In her first term, she served as chair of her freshman class in the North Carolina House Democratic Caucus.


2012 lieutenant gubernatorial election[edit]

Coleman ran for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 election, and had the backing of the State Employees Association of North Carolina.[3] The News and Observer also endorsed Coleman, calling her "the better-qualified and more moderate choice."[4] She lost the general election by a narrow margin to Republican Dan Forest.[5]

2016 lieutenant gubernatorial election[edit]

Coleman ran for Lieutenant Governor again in 2016. She won the Democratic primary on March 15 with approximately 51 percent of the vote over three challengers.[6][7] Coleman was defeated again by Forest in the November rematch.

2018 U.S. House election[edit]

Coleman was the Democratic nominee for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district in the 2018 general election. She was defeated by incumbent Republican George Holding.[8]


  1. ^ News & Observer profile
  2. ^ News & Observer profile
  3. ^ News & Observer: Mansfield says I've been there
  4. ^ Better choice for Lt Governor
  5. ^
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  7. ^ State Board of Elections
  8. ^ "North Carolina Election Results: Second House District". New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2018.

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