|North Carolina Treasurer|
|2008 - Present|
|Years in position||7|
|Predecessor||Richard H. Moore (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|North Carolina State Senate|
|Raleigh City Council|
|High school||John Overton High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Pennsylvania|
|Master's||University of Pennsylvania; Lauder Institute|
|Date of birth||July 19, 1968|
|Place of birth||Memphis, TN|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Cowell is the first female to be elected as Treasurer.
A January 2013 article in Governing named Cowell as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.
Cowell grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee. The daughter of a Methodist minister and a public school teacher, she graduated from John Overton High School in Nashville, TN.
After high school, Cowell spent her entire academic career at the University of Pennsylvania, first earning a B.A. in Asian history and later earning an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and an M.A. in international studies from the Lauder Institute.
She worked as a financial analyst with HSBC Bank and Lehman Brothers before relocating to North Carolina in 1997, where she began work as an independent business consultant. She also taught at both Peace College and N.C. State University. From 2003 to 2005, Cowell worked for the Sustainable Jobs Fund, a venture capital firm investing in green jobs. From August 2005 to September 2007 (when she went on leave to campaign for treasurer) Wood worked as an associate consultant for strategic planning with Fountain Works.
- B.A., University of Pennsylvania
- M.B.A., Wharton School of Business
- MA, International studies, Lauder Institute
North Carolina Treasurer (2008 - Present)
In 2007 Cowell announced her intention to run for the Democratic nomination for treasurer. She defeated Michael Weisel and David Young in the primary election and went on to defeat state Rep. Bill Daughtridge in the general election.
Response to General Assembly underfunding pension
For the first time in nearly 70 years, the North Carolina General Assembly failed to contribute 100 percent of its share to the Teachers and State Employees Retirement System.
Politicians were required to pay $684 million to keep the pension fund balanced. Instead they set up two scenarios, neither of which amounts to $684 million. The final figure will depend on whether the federal government continues to pay for some state Medicaid programs.
North Carolina State Senate (2004 - 2008)
Cowell was first elected to the North Carolina State Senate in 2004 and won re-election in 2006. While serving, she "worked on bills to promote energy efficiency in state buildings and pursue data integration in state government."
Raleigh City Council (2001 - 2004)
As a city council member, Cowell voted to open Fayetteville Street and build a new convention center.
Cowell is considered to be a potential Democratic candidate for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat in 2016. The seat is currently held by Sen. Richard Burr (R). As of December 2014, Cowell had not said whether or not she was considering a run, but Public Policy Polling included her in their first poll matching up Burr against potential challengers.
|Potential match-up: Richard Burr vs. Janet Cowell|
|Poll||Richard Burr (R)||Janet Cowell (D)||Not sure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Public Policy Polling|
December 4-7, 2014
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|North Carolina Treasurer General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Janet Cowell Incumbent||53.8%||2,313,877|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
|North Carolina Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Janet Cowell Incumbent||76.6%||630,151|
|Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.|
|North Carolina State Treasurer, 2008|
|Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections|
Comprehensive donor information for Cowell is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Cowell raised a total of $3,246,119 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.
|Janet Cowell's Campaign Contribution History|
|2006||NC State Senate||$54,798|
|2004||NC State Senate||$210,967|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,246,119|
Cowell won re-election to the position of North Carolina Treasurer in 2012. During that election cycle, Cowell raised a total of $1,095,840.
|North Carolina Treasurer 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Janet Cowell's campaign in 2012|
|John C. Fennebresque||$8,000|
|Ann L. Campbell||$8,000|
|John Alston Gardner||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$1,095,840|
|Total Votes received in 2012||2,313,877|
|Cost of each vote received||$0.47|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Janet Cowell's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Janet Cowell's Campaign Contributions|
North Carolina Treasurer
North Carolina State Senate
North Carolina State Senate
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$707,766||$0||$9,828 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||North Carolina Democratic Party||$121,500||Citizens for Higher Education||$2,000||North Carolina Democratic Party||$81,852|
|Janet Cowell||$16,839||Service Employees International Union||$2,000||Conservation Council of North Carolina||$4,000|
|International Brotherhood of Teamsters|
|$8,000 each||North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers||$2,000||Lillians List of North Carolina||$4,000|
|United Food & Commercial Workers International Union|
|$8,000 each||Conservation Council of North Carolina||$1,500||Committee to Elect Janet Cowell||$2,413|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice|
10 individual donors
|$8,000 each||Elizabeth Bennett|
|$1,250||Emily's List, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers,|
Citizens for Higher Education
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Janet Cowell North Carolina Treasurer."
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- North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell (dead link)
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Official campaign website
- Janet Cowell on YouTube
- Janet Cowell on Twitter
- Janet Cowell on Facebook
- Cowell's answers to Indy Week's 2012 candidate questionnaire
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Office of the North Carolina Treasurer, "Biography," accessed March 1, 2012 (dead link)
- Governing, "State Democratic Officials to Watch in 2013," accessed January 25, 2013
- News and Observer, "Janet Cowell," accessed December 19, 2011
- Carolina Journal, "VIDEO: General Assembly Underfunds State Pension," July 23, 2010
- National Journal, "Losing Democrats Already Being Touted for 2016 Comebacks," accessed December 11, 2014
- Public Policy Polling, "Burr, McCrory start out with modest leads," accessed December 11, 2014
- Biz Journals, "State Treasurer Cowell running again," February 14, 2012
- FOX 8, "NC Treasurer Janet Cowell wins primary, GOP choosing," May 8, 2012
- QNotes, "Statewide candidate endorsements announced," September 26, 2012
- Independent Weekly, "2012 Primary Endorsements," April 18, 2012
- Charlotte Observer, "Our Council of State endorsements, part 2," October 24, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "November 2008 General Election Results," accessed May 14, 2011
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Janet Cowell," accessed May 20, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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