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:  None
Length of term:   4 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:  $123,198
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 consecutive terms.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

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


The state 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...


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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.


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.


See also: North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

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.


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

North Carolina's 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 State 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 North Carolina State Senate, but only casts a vote when the regular members are tied. She is also the first to succeed, either temporarily or permanently, when the Governor is incapacitated.

She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.

State budget

The budget for the 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's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.


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


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $123,198 a year, the 11th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Contact information

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

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