Steve Troxler

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Steve Troxler
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
Assumed office
February 8, 2005
Governor Mike Easley
Beverly Perdue
Pat McCrory
Roy Cooper
Preceded by Britt Cobb
Personal details
Political party Republican
Alma mater North Carolina State University

Steve Troxler is a tobacco farmer and the Republican Commissioner of Agriculture for the U.S. state of North Carolina, sworn in February 8, 2005 after an extended election dispute following the November 2004 statewide election.

Troxler, a resident of Browns Summit, North Carolina, studied conservation at North Carolina State University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1974; he later founded a family tobacco and wheat farming operation.

Troxler ran for the post of North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture in 2000, losing to Meg Scott Phipps; he ran again for the same position in the 2004 Council of State election, finishing only 2,000 votes ahead of incumbent Democrat Britt Cobb. However, because over 4,000 votes were lost in Carteret County, the race was unresolved for over three months. After extended legal battles between Cobb and Troxler, Cobb conceded the race on February 4, 2005.

Troxler was sworn in as North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner on February 8, 2005, a month after the rest of the Council of State, becoming the first Republican Agriculture Commissioner in the state's history. After his inauguration at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Troxler rode a tractor to his downtown offices.

Steve Troxler was elected in 2008 to serve another term as Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the state of North Carolina.[1] In 2012 he was elected to a third term. There has been some controversy regarding his stance on legally carried firearms at the NC State Fair. Opponents like to point out that he promised police escorts for attendees to get to their cars safely, but none were provided.

Electoral history[edit]

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Republican Primary Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Troxler 66,257 27.37
Republican Tom Davidson 58,189 24.04
Republican Billy Guthrie 50,386 20.81
Republican David Rouzer 28,134 11.62
Republican Frank Tadlock 20,020 8.27
Republican Elbie Powers 19,098 7.89
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Meg Scott Phipps 1,418,164 50.57
Republican Steve Troxler 1,386,311 49.43
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Troxler 1,666,197 50.03
Democratic Britt Cobb (inc.) 1,663,910 49.97
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Troxler (inc.) 2,130,146 52.05
Democratic Ronnie Ansley 1,962,741 47.95
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Troxler (inc.) 2,303,586 53.22
Democratic Walter Smith 2,025,054 46.78
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Republican Primary Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Troxler (inc.) 634,100 68.77
Republican Andy Stevens 287,948 31.23

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Preceded by
Britt Cobb
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
2005–present
Incumbent