Governor of North Carolina
|North Carolina Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$5,438,279|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section I|
|Assumed office:||January 5, 2013|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other North Carolina Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 History
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
Under Article III, Section I:
The executive power of the State shall be vested in the Governor.
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Candidates for the 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 Governor-elect may take office until she has taken an oath before the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
North Carolina elects governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For North Carolina, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the 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.
|Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
North Carolina governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.
|No person elected to the office of Governor ... shall be eligible for election to more than two consecutive terms of the same office.|
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article III, Section 3.
The Lieutenant Governor-elect takes office as the Governor is the Governor-elect fails to qualify. The Lieutenant Governor also takes over as Governor any time the sitting governor dies, resign, or is removed from office.
If the Governor is absent or unable to discharge the office due to mental or physical illness, the Lieutenant Governor becomes the Acting Governor.
If the Governor wishes to declare his temporary or permanent inability to discharge the office, he does so in writing be making a declaration to the Attorney General. The Governor may also resume his office by making a similar written declaration to the Attorney General.
The General Assembly may take a vote and declare, by a two-thirds majority of both chambers, that the Governor is unfit for the office by reason of mental incapacity. The legislature shall then give the Governor notice and hear the case before a joint session. When the legislature is in recess, the General Council may convene for the same purpose and follow the same procedure.
Removing the Governor from office for any other reason must be done as an impeachment.
Excepting the Governor's use of the State Seal of North Carolina and the gubernatorial power to make vacancy appointments, all Constitutional duties are laid out in Article III, Section 5.
The governor heads the Council of State. The governor is responsible for preparing and presenting the state budget to the General Assembly of North Carolina. Additionally,the governor of North Carolina has extensive powers of appointment of executive branch officials, some judges, and members of boards and commissions. The governor serves as Commander in Chief of the state military forces except when they are called into the service of the United States.
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Residing at the official residence of the Governor
- Making a periodic address to the state legislature concerning the state of North Carolina and giving recommendation to the legislature
- Regularly monitoring the state budget to ensure that principal and interest on bonds and notes are paid promptly, and "effect[ing] the necessary economies" if revenue will not be sufficient to meet expenditures
- Granting reprieves, commutations, and pardons, not including convictions for impeachment
- Convening extraordinary session of the state legislature
- Nominating and, with consent of the Senate, appointing all offices not otherwise provided for
- Requiring written information from the head of any administrative department of office on the state of the office
- Reorganizing the executive branch by making " such changes in the allocation of offices and agencies and in the allocation of those functions, powers, and duties as he considers necessary for efficient administration"
- Reconvening the regular session of the General Assembly, not more than 40 days after sine die, for the sole purpose of considering bills returned by the Governor to the Assembly
- Keeping and using "The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina" and signing all commissions granted by the state of North Carolina (§ 10)
- Making vacancy appointments to all other Executive offices established by the Constitution, including making Interim and Acting appointments when the elected officeholders absence or disability is not permanent (§ 7)
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The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $5,438,279.
The Governor's salary is fixed by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
In 2013, the governor's salary was increased to $141,265.
In 2010, the Governor of North Carolina was paid $139,590 a year, the 20th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
There have been 74 governors of North Carolina since 1776. Of the 74 officeholders, 38 were Democratic, 12 Democratic-Republican, 8 Republican, 5 Federalists, 5 Whigs, 4 with no party, and 2 Anti-Federalists.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1776-Present|
|1||Richard Caswell||1776 - 1780||No Party|
|2||Abner Nash||1780 - 1781||No Party|
|3||Thomas Burke||1781 - 1782||No Party|
|4||Alexander Martin||1782 - 1785||Federalist|
|5||Richard Caswell||1785 – 1787||No Party|
|6||Samuel Johnston||1787 - 1789||Federalist|
|7||Alexander Martin||1789 – 1792||Federalist|
|8||Richard Dobbs Spaight||1792 - 1795||Anti-Federalist|
|9||Samuel Ashe||1795 - 1798||Anti-Federalist|
|10||William Richardson Davie||1798 - 1799||Federalist|
|11||Benjamin Williams||1799 - 1802||Democratic-Republican|
|12||James Turner||1802 - 1805||Democratic-Republican|
|13||Nathaniel Alexander||1805 - 1807||Democratic-Republican|
|14||Benjamin Williams||1807 – 1808||Democratic-Republican|
|15||David Stone||1808 - 1810||Democratic-Republican|
|16||Benjamin Smith||1810 - 1811||Democratic-Republican|
|17||William Hawkins||1811 - 1814||Democratic-Republican|
|18||William Miller||1814 - 1817||Democratic-Republican|
|19||John Branch||1817 - 1820||Democratic-Republican|
|20||Jesse Franklin||1820 - 1821||Democratic-Republican|
|21||Gabriel Holmes||1821 - 1824||Democratic-Republican|
|22||Hutchins Gordon Burton||1824 - 1827||Federalist|
|23||James Iredell||1827 - 1828||Democratic-Republican|
|24||John Owen||1828 - 1830||Democratic|
|25||Montfort Stokes||1830 - 1832||Democratic|
|26||David Lowry Swain||1832 - 1835||Whig|
|27||Richard Dobbs Spaight||1835 - 1836||Democratic|
|28||Edward Bishop Dudley||1836 - 1841||Whig|
|29||John Motley Morehead||1841 - 1845||Whig|
|30||William Alexander Graham||1845 - 1849||Whig|
|31||Charles Manly||1849 - 1850||Whig|
|32||David Settle Reid||1851 - 1854||Democratic|
|33||Warren Winslow||1854 - 1855||Democratic|
|34||Thomas Bragg||1855 - 1859||Democratic|
|35||John Willis Ellis||1859 - 1861||Democratic|
|36||Henry Toole Clark||1861 - 1862||Democratic|
|37||Zebulon Baird Vance||1862 - 1865||Democratic|
|38||William Woods Holden||1865 - 1865||Republican|
|39||Jonathan Worth||1865 - 1868||Democratic|
|40||William Woods Holden||1868 – 1870||Republican|
|41||Tod Robinson Caldwell||1870 - 1874||Republican|
|42||Curtis Hooks Brogden||1874 - 1877||Republican|
|43||Zebulon Baird Vance||1877 – 1879||Democratic|
|44||Thomas Jordan Jarvis||1879 - 1885||Democratic|
|45||Alfred Moore Scales||1885 - 1889||Democratic|
|46||Daniel Gould Fowle||1889 - 1891||Democratic|
|47||Thomas Michael Holt||1891 - 1893||Democratic|
|48||Elias Carr||1893 - 1897||Democratic|
|49||Daniel Lindsay Russell||1897 - 1901||Republican|
|50||Charles Brantley Aycock||1901 - 1905||Democratic|
|51||Robert Broadnax Glenn||1905 - 1909||Democratic|
|52||William Walton Kitchin||1909 - 1913||Democratic|
|53||Locke Craig||1913 - 1917||Democratic|
|54||Thomas Walter Bickett||1917 - 1921||Democratic|
|55||Cameron A. Morrison||1921 - 1925||Democratic|
|56||Angus Wilton Mclean||1925 - 1929||Democratic|
|57||Oliver Max Gardner||1929 - 1933||Democratic|
|58||John Christopher Blucher Ehringhaus||1933 - 1937||Democratic|
|59||Clyde Roark Hoey||1937 - 1941||Democratic|
|60||Joseph Melville Broughton||1941 - 1945||Democratic|
|61||Robert Gregg Cherry||1945 - 1949||Democratic|
|62||William Kerr Scott||1949 - 1953||Democratic|
|63||William Bradley Umstead||1953 - 1954||Democratic|
|64||Luther Hartwell Hodges||1954 - 1961||Democratic|
|65||James Terry Sanford||1961 - 1965||Democratic|
|66||Dan Killian Moore||1965 - 1969||Democratic|
|67||Robert Walter Scott||1969 - 1973||Democratic|
|68||James E. Holshouser||1973 - 1977||Republican|
|69||James B. Hunt||1977 - 1985||Democratic|
|70||James G Martin||1985 - 1993||Republican|
|71||James B. Hunt||1993 – 2001||Democratic|
|72||Michael F. Easley||2001 - 2009||Democratic|
|73||Bev Perdue||2009 - 2013||Democratic|
|74||Pat McCrory||2013 – present||Republican|
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in North Carolina there were Democratic governors in office for 20 years while there were Republican governors in office the two years, including the final year (2013). North Carolina is one of seven states that were run by a Democratic governor for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. North Carolina was under a Republican trifecta for the final year of the study period.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
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Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
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