Linda Coleman (North Carolina politician)
|Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 38th district
January 2005 – January 2009
|Preceded by||J. Sam Ellis|
|Succeeded by||Darren Jackson|
July 12, 1949 |
Greenville, North Carolina, U.S.
|Education||North 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. 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.
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.
Before serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives, Representative 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. Then-Commissioner Coleman was elected for the first time in November 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008. In her first term, she served as chair of her freshman class in the North Carolina House Democratic Caucus.
Representative Coleman ran for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 election, and had the backing of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. The News and Observer also endorsed Coleman, calling her "the better-qualified and more moderate choice."  She lost the General Election by a narrow margin to Republican Dan Forest.
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. Coleman was defeated again by Forest in the November rematch.
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