North Carolina Governor Roy A. Cooper III


· June 13, 1957

Where From

· Cooper was born in Nash County, North Carolina

· Grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Background into Education

  • JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1982
  • BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979
  • Attended college on a Morehead scholarship

Work background

· Growing up working on the family farm during summer months, Cooper learned very many life skills such as hard work

  • Instructor, Continuing Legal Education
  • Partner, Fields and Cooper Law Firm, 1982–2000
  • Sunday school teacher, elder and deacon at his church

Political background

  • Governor, State of North Carolina, 2017-present
  • Former Attorney General, State of North Carolina, 2000–2017
  • Senator, North Carolina State Senate, 1991–2000
  • Representative, North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1987–1991

Key political issues while in office

· To current North Carolina governor, Roy Cooper, making public education is a priority to him.

· Cooper seeks to increase educational spending per child and increase teacher salary

· Improving children’s insurance

· Child and family safety

o A result of 30 percent decreased crime

· Consumer protection

· Budget balancing — working with both political party sides

· Pushed to cut middle-class taxes

· Works to make schools safer

Personal beliefs

· Christian

o Presbyterian

· Very community oriented — believes reaching out to families and their communities is very important and anything surrounding the issue

· Hopes to build up the middle class

Affiliations and memberships

· Member, American Heart Association

· Member, Board of Directors, North Carolinians for Community Colleges

· Elder, First Presbyterian Church

· Chair, Local Morehead Scholarship Selection Committee

· Chair, March of Dimes Annual Fundraiser

· Member, North Carolina State Bar Association

· Member, Red Cross

· Member, Rocky Mount Jaycees

· Member, Tar River Chorus and Orchestra

· Former Board Member, United Way

· Member, Visions, Incorporated


· Cooper is married to his wife Kristin and has three daughters by the name of Hilary, Natalie and Claire

· His father practiced law and ran a family farm

· His mother was a school teacher

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Roy Cooper Website

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