Roy Asberry Cooper, III

68th Unique Governor of the State of North Carolina - 2017 to ?
75th Governor Officially

Date Born: June 13, 1957

Date Died: TBD

Place Born: Nash County, NC

Place Buried: TBD

Residence: Governor's Mansion in Raleigh, NC

Occupation: Lawyer

Roy Asberry Cooper, III was born in Nash County, North Carolina, the son of Beverly Thorne Batchelor (a school teacher) and Roy Asberry Cooper, Jr. (a farmer). He was raised in a rural community and worked in tobacco fields during the summer as a teenager. He received the Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as the president of the university's Young Democrats, and then earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, also from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After practicing law with his family's law firm for a number of years, Mr. Cooper was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1986 and appointed to the North Carolina Senate in 1991. In 1997, he was elected Democratic Majority Leader of the state Senate. He continued to practice law as the managing partner of the law firm Fields & Cooper in Rocky Mount and Nashville, North Carolina.

As mentioned above, Mr. Cooper was first elected to represent the 72nd House District in 1986 of the:
- 137th General Assembly
- 138th General Assembly

In 1991, NC State Senator James Earl Ezzell, Jr. died on the first day of the General Assembly and Roy Cooper was appointed by Governor James G. Martin to replace Ezzell as the Senator to represent the 10th Senate District of the:
- 139th General Assembly
- 140th General Assembly
- 141st General Assembly
- 142nd General Assembly
- 143rd General Assembly

In the North Carolina House and Senate, Mr. Cooper sought to increase teachers' pay and to reduce class sizes. He helped to write North Carolina's first children's health insuance initiative. He worked with both parties to secure balanced budets that also increased teachers' pay to the national average, to grow the State's economy, and to cut taxes for middle-class families.

In the General Election of November 2000, Roy Cooper was elected by the people as the next Attorney General for the State of North Carolina, and he took office on January 6, 2001. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

As Attorney General, Mr. Cooper cracked down on child predators, worked to incease penalties for drug dealiers, and oversaw a decrease in crime overall. His mission was to make schools safer and to help protect victims of domestic violence and stalking.

In the General Election of November 2016, Roy Asberry Cooper, III was elected as the next Governor of North Carolina, in a very close race.

His initial transition into the governorship was marked by tensions with the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly. In what The New York Times described as a "surprise special session", Republican legislators moved to strip away the incoming governor's powers before he would assume the governorship on January 1, 2017. Throughout the month of December, Governor-elect Cooper oversaw an attempt at repealing the controversial Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (commonly known as "House Bill 2", "HB2", or simply, the "bathroom bill"). The repeal attempt failed as a deal between state Republican and Democratic lawmakers and Charlotte officials fell apart.

With his wife Kristin, they have three daughters - Hilary, Natalie, and Claire. Mr. Cooper taught Sunday School, served as an elder and deacon in his church, and tutored students in local schools.
Sources: NC Governor's website,

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