North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
|State executive officials|
The Commissioner of Agriculture is the head of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and is a member of the Council of State.
The current officeholder is Steve Troxler (R). He assumed office in February 2005 and won a second term in November 2008.
Article III, Section 7:
|A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State...|
North Carolina elects Agriculture Commissioners in Presidential election years. For North Carolina, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 are all agriculture commissioner election years. They are elected to a four-year term, which begins the first day of January following the election.
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article III, Section 7.
If a vacancy occurs in the office, the Governor appoints another to serve until a successor is elected and qualified. Every such vacancy shall be filled by election at the first election for members of the General Assembly that occurs more than 60 days after the vacancy has taken place, and the person chosen shall hold the office for the remainder of the unexpired term fixed in this Section.
The Commissioner of Agriculture is in charge of the 1,400+ employees and 17 divisions that make up the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Their primary goal is "maintaining and enhancing the ability of agriculture to produce an adequate supply of food and fiber in North Carolina," as well as enforcing regulatory programs.
Since the office was established in 1877, North Carolina has had 16 agricultural commissioners
Click "show" for former officeholders.
|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Leonidas L. Polk||1877||1880|
|4||Samuel L. Patterson||1895||1897|
|5||James M. Mewborn||1897||1898|
|6||John R. Smith||1898||1899|
|7||Samuel L. Patterson||1899||1908|
|8||William A. Graham||1908||1923||Democrat|
|9||William A. Graham, Jr.||1923||1937|
|10||William Kerr Scott||1937||1948||Democrat|
|11||David S. Coltrane||1948||1949|
|12||Lynton Y. Ballentine||1949||1964||Democrat|
|13||James A. Graham||1964||2000|
|14||Meg Scott Phipps||2001||2003||Democrat|
2 West Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1001
Phone: (919) 707-3000