Dan Forest

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Dan Forest
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Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
North Carolina State Senate President
In office
January 7, 2013 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorWalter H. Dalton (D)
Base salary$124,676
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$980,291
Term limits2 terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte (1993)
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte
Date of birthOctober 15, 1967
Place of birthHarrisonburg, Virginia
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Personal website
Campaign website
Dan Forest (b. October 15, 1967, in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is the 34th and current Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. A Republican, he has served in this position since January 7, 2013.[1]

Forest is the first Republican to be elected as lieutenant governor in over 20 years, and the second since 1897. In this position he also serves as President of the Senate and is a voting member of the State Board of Education, the State Board of Community Colleges, the state Economic Development Board and is the chairman of the eLearning Commission.[2]

Forest won election on November 6, 2012. It was his first run for office.[3] He finished first in the May 8th primary election, but did not capture more than 40% of the vote. Under North Carolina state law, the top two finishers met in a runoff election, which Forest won.[4] Forest defeated Linda Coleman (D) in the general election. While unofficial results showed him winning by some 10,300 votes, Coleman did not concede the race until November 19.[5]


Forest, the son of Congresswoman Sue Myrick, was raised in Charlotte, NC. He is a former senior partner of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting - one of the state's largest architectural firms.[6]


  • Master's, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Architecture
  • Bachelor's, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (2013 - Present)

Forest was first elected Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2012. He took office on January 7, 2013.[7]



Forest won election for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 election. He finished first in the May 8th primary election,[3] but did not capture more than 40% of the vote. Under North Carolina state law, the top two finishers - Forest and Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley - went head to head in a primary runoff election on June 26th to determine who would advance to the general election.[8] Forest defeated Gurley to capture the nomination.

On November 14, 2012, unofficial results showed Linda Coleman trailing Forest by some 10,300 votes but she did not concede the race until November 19.[9][5]

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Linda Coleman 49.9% 2,180,870
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Forest 50.1% 2,187,728
Total Votes 4,368,598
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Forest 33% 253,656
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Gurley 24.8% 190,980
Dale Folwell 24.3% 186,564
Grey Mills, Jr. 14.7% 112,824
Arthur Rich 3.3% 25,206
Total Votes 769,230
Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.


Forest, a self-described "principled, conservative Republican," focused his campaign on decreasing the state's unemployment and advocated his job creation plan that involved recruiting companies to relocate to North Carolina by creating a business climate of "low taxes, good roads and safe communities."[10] He ran on what he called a "three-legged stool platform."

  1. smaller government
  2. lower taxes
  3. personal responsibility

Forest discusses his 2012 campaign with North Carolina Now Senior Correspondent Kelly McCullen

On his website, Forest outlined his belief statements:[10]

  • I believe strong families and faith are the fundamental foundations of America
  • I believe in small government, low taxes and free enterprise
  • I believe in the sanctity of human life
  • I believe in school choice and competition in education
  • I believe public education decisions are best made at the local level
  • I believe in securing our borders against illegal immigration
  • I believe in medical malpractice reform
  • I believe community colleges should play a key role in job training and economic development
  • I believe North Carolina should opt out of the national healthcare plan being forced on us from Washington
  • I believe in ending corporate welfare and recruitment incentives and replacing it with lower taxes for all North Carolina businesses
  • I believe small businesses create jobs, not the government, and we need to repeal excessive regulations on our job creators
  • I believe that policies should be enacted that encourage personal responsibility, not government dependence

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Forest is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Forest raised a total of $980,291 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[11]

Dan Forest's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NC Lieutenant Governor Won $980,291
Grand Total Raised $980,291


Forest won election to the position of North Carolina Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Forest raised a total of $980,291.


Forest lives in Raleigh with his wife, Alice. They have four children.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter H. Dalton (D)
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
January 7, 2013 - Present
Succeeded by