Roy Cooper was sworn in as the governor of North Carolina on January 1, 2017.
Prior to serving as governor, Cooper served as North Carolina’s attorney general to fight crime and protect consumers. He was first elected in 2000 and was reelected to a fourth term in 2012.
Roy Cooper was born in Nash County, NC in 1957, attended public schools and worked summers on the farm. His mother, Beverly Cooper, worked as a school teacher and his father, Roy Cooper Jr., farmed and practiced law. Roy Cooper attended UNC Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and received his undergraduate and law degrees there.
Before becoming attorney general, Roy Cooper was the managing partner of his law firm where he learned how to run a small business. He was elected to both the North Carolina House and Senate and served as Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the Judiciary and Ethics Committees among others.
Roy Cooper has served for many years as a Sunday school teacher, an elder and deacon in his church. He has long tutored students at local schools and has led fundraising for the March of Dimes, Barium Springs Home for Children and the United Way. He and his wife, Kristin, who is also an attorney, have three children, Hilary, Natalie and Claire.
Kristin Cooper became first lady of North Carolina when her husband, Governor Roy Cooper, was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2017.
Mrs. Cooper grew up in Oklahoma City and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, and her J.D. from Campbell University’s Law School in North Carolina. Upon graduating from law school, she worked as a staff attorney for the Oklahoma and North Carolina state legislatures.
After the Coopers were married, the first lady focused attention on raising their three children. During that time, she served on the board of directors of a local theatre, where she also acted in productions. Mrs. Cooper has served as a guardian ad litem for children in Wake County for eleven years, using her legal training to represent foster children in court. She also served two terms on the North Carolina Arts Council, working to support the arts and arts organizations.
The Coopers have three daughters: Hilary, Natalie and Claire.
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