Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

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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 Dan Forest, 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.[1]

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 North Carolina 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.[2]

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.[3]

The lieutenant governor is elected on a separate ballot from the governor; therefore, it is theoretically possible that the governor and lieutenant governor may be of different political party affiliations. This most recently was the case from 1985 to 1989.

List of Lieutenant Governors[edit]


      Democratic       Republican

# Lt. Governor Term of Office Political Party Governor(s)
1 Tod R. Caldwell[a] 1868-1870 Republican
Office vacant 1870–1873
2 Curtis H. Brogden 1873-1874 Republican
3 Thomas J. Jarvis[a] 1877-1879 Democratic
4 James L. Robinson[b] 1879-1885 Democratic
5 Charles M. Stedman 1885-1889 Democratic
6 Thomas M. Holt 1889-1891 Democratic
Office vacant 1891–1893
7 Rufus A. Doughton 1893-1897 Democratic
8 Charles A. Reynolds 1897-1901 Repbulican
9 Wilfred D. Turner 1901-1905 Democratic
10 Francis D. Winston 1905-1909 Democratic
11 William C. Newland 1909-1913 Democratic
12 Elijah L. Daughtridge 1913–1917 Democratic
13 Oliver Max Gardner 1917–1921 Democratic
14 William B. Cooper 1921–1925 Democratic
15 Jacob E. Long 1925–1929 Democratic
16 Richard T. Fountain 1929–1933 Democratic
17 Alexander H. Graham 1933–1937 Democratic
18 Wilkins P. Horton 1937–1941 Democratic
19 Reginald L. Harris 1941–1945 Democratic
20 Lynton Y. Ballentine 1945–1949 Democratic
21 Hoyt Patrick Taylor 1949–1953 Democratic
22 Luther H. Hodges 1953–1954 Democratic
Office vacant 1954–1957
23 Luther E. Barnhardt 1957–1961 Democratic
24 Harvey Cloyd Philpott[c] 1961 Democratic
Office vacant 1961–1965
25 Robert W. Scott 1965–1969 Democratic
26 Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr. 1969–1973 Democratic
27 Jim Hunt 1973–1977 Democratic
28 James C. Green[d] 1977–1985 Democratic Jim Hunt (D)
29 Robert B. Jordan, III 1985–1989 Democratic
30 James Carson Gardner[e] 1989–1993 Republican
31 Dennis A. Wicker 1993–2001 Democratic Jim Hunt (D)
32 Beverly Perdue[f] 2001–2009 Democratic Mike Easley (D)
33 Walter H. Dalton 2009–2013 Democratic Beverly Perdue (D)
34 Dan Forest 2013- Republican Pat McCrory (R)
  1. ^ a b Became Governor on December 20, 1870.
  2. ^ Appointed to succeed Jarvis, as the General Assembly was in session. Elected 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.

See also[edit]

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

Living former lieutenant governors[edit]

As of August 2014, seven former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr. (1969–1973, born 1924). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Robert W. Scott (1965–1969), on January 23, 2009.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr. 1969–1973 (1924-04-01) April 1, 1924 (age 91)
James B. Hunt, Jr. 1973–1977 (1937-05-16) May 16, 1937 (age 78)
Robert B. Jordan, III 1985–1989 (1932-10-11) October 11, 1932 (age 83)
James Carson Gardner 1989–1993 (1933-04-08) April 8, 1933 (age 82)
Dennis A. Wicker 1993–2001 1952 (age 62–63)
Beverly Eaves Perdue 2001–2009 (1947-01-14) January 14, 1947 (age 68)
Walter H. Dalton 2009–2013 (1949-05-21) May 21, 1949 (age 66)


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