Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

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North Carolina Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $695,324
Term limits:  Two terms
Length of term:   Four years
Authority:  North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section II
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Dan Forest.jpg
Name:  Dan Forest
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 7, 2013
Compensation:  $124,676
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of North Carolina is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of North Carolina. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 34th and current lieutenant governor is Dan Forest, a Republican elected in 2012.


The North Carolina Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article III, the Executive Department.

Under Article III, Section II:

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State...


Candidates for the lieutenant office of the governor must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a citizen of the United States for at least five years
  • a resident of North Carolina for at least two years

Additionally, no lieutenant governor-elect may take office until she has taken an oath before the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.


North Carolina state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

North Carolina elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For North Carolina, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day in the January following an election. Thus, January 1, 2013, and January 1, 2017, are inaugural days.

Term limits

The lieutenant governor is limited to serving two four-year terms in office.



See also: North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Incumbent Walter Dalton (D) did not run for re-election. Dan Forest (R) defeated Linda Coleman (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

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.

Full history

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Details of vacancies are addressed under Article III, Section 7.

Whenever the office of the lieutenant governor becomes vacant, the governor appoints a replacement. If the lieutenant gubernatorial term would expire the following January, then the appointee serves the remainder of the term. Otherwise, the appointee only serves as an acting lieutenant governor until the next legislative election that is more than 60 days away.


North Carolina

For North Carolina, the lieutenant governor is the only elected official to have powers in both the legislative and executive branches of state government. The lieutenant governor's primary responsibility is to preside over the North Carolina Senate. The lieutenant governor is a member of the North Carolina Council of State, the North Carolina Board of Education, the North Carolina Capitol Planning Commission and the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges.

The lieutenant governor is head of the state senate, but only casts a vote when the regular members are tied. He is also the first to succeed, either temporarily or permanently, when the governor is incapacitated.

He has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign.


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State budget

See also: North Carolina state budget and finances

The budget for the North Carolina Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $695,324.[1]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The lieutenant governor, along with the rest of North Carolina's elected executives, is entitled to a fixed salary in accordance with Article III, Section 9 of the North Carolina Constitution:

The officers whose offices are established by this Article shall at stated periods receive the compensation and allowances prescribed by law, which shall not be diminished during the time for which they have been chosen.


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $124,676, according to the Council of State Governments.[2]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $124,676.[3]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $123,198. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $123,198, the 11th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

310 N. Blount Street, 27601
20401 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0401

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