Governor Roy Cooper
A native of rural Nash County, North Carolina, Governor Cooper attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and earned both his undergraduate and law degrees there. After completing law school, he returned to Nash County to practice at his family's law firm, becoming managing partner. Cooper launched his public service career in 1986, when he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives; he was named to the state senate in 1991, and in 1997 was elected senate majority leader. During his service in the legislature, his priorities included strengthening the state's schools and improving education, growing the economy, and reducing taxes for middle-class families. Cooper was elected North Carolina's attorney general in 2000 and subsequently served a total of four terms, working to reduce crime, make schools and communities safer, and protect consumers. He was elected North Carolina's 75th governor in November 2016.