Council of State of North Carolina
|Formed||November 12, 1776|
|Jurisdiction||Government of North Carolina|
The Council of State of North Carolina is the collective name for the ten most senior and prestigious executive offices in the Government of North Carolina. They are the popularly elected Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor and Commissioner of Insurance.
The Council of State is separate from the Cabinet of North Carolina, which is appointed by the Governor, and makes up the rest of the State's executive leadership. However, members of the Council of State are often colloquially and erroneously called cabinet members. In modern times, the Council of State meets periodically, with the Governor as chair, to allow for coordination and exchange of information across executive branch agencies and to vote on certain decisions, especially regarding the sale of government property or the borrowing of money.
North Carolina retains a unique system of divided executive power. The Governor and nine members of the council are elected statewide. The term "Council of State" harks back to the colonial era Governor's Council, which was essentially the upper house of the legislature, and then to a Council of State in the early years of statehood, which was appointed by the legislature and which curtailed the Governor's power.
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