2.8 The cabinet
- Council of State
- North Carolina voters elect the following nine cabinet members to four-year terms. Collectively, these nine officials are referred to as the Council of State.
- Department secretaries
- In addition, ten department heads are appointed by the Governor:
- Crime Control and Public Safety
- Cultural Resources
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Health and Human Services
- Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- President of the Community College System
- The only cabinet member who serves at the pleasure of the State Board of Community Colleges.
- Walter H. Dalton (D)
- Robert Pittenger (R)
- Phillip Rhodes (L)
- Roy Cooper* (D)
- Bob Crumley (R)
- Beth A Wood (D)
- Leslie Merrit (R)
- James Ronald “Ronnie” Ansley (D)
- Steve Troxler* (R)
- Wayne Goodwin (D)
- John Odom (R)
- Mark McMains (L)
- Mary Fant Donnan (D)
- Cherie Berry* (R)
- Elaine F. Marshall* (D)
- Jack Sawyer (R)
- June St. Clair Atkinson (D)
- Richard Morgan (R)
- Janet Cowell (D)
- Bill Daughtridge (R)
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On the 2008 ballot
An asterisk (*) denotes the incumbent
The Lieutenant Governor is first in line to succeed to the governorship should that office become vacant through the death or resignation of the Governor. In addition, the Lieutenant Governor is President of the State Senate and serves on the Council of State and on various boards and commissions.
The Attorney General oversees the Department of Justice, which provides legal representation for state agencies, works to protect consumers from fraud, and is responsible for the State Bureau of Investigation.
The Office of the State Auditor evaluates the state’s financial accountability and program performance.
Commissioner of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services promotes and develops agriculture and agricultural research in North Carolina, ensures standards for products and measurement, and works to ensure food and drug safety.
Commissioner of Insurance
The Department of Insurance regulates the various kinds of insurance sold in North Carolina and the companies and agents that sell it.
Commissioner of Labor
The Department of Labor promotes the health, safety, and general well-being of North Carolina’s workers.
Secretary of State
The Department of the Secretary of State facilitates business activities and preserves the state’s documents and records.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The State Superintendent is in charge of the Department of Public Instruction, which oversees the K-12 schools of North Carolina.
The Department of the State Treasurer serves as the state’s banker and chief investment officer, administers the public employee retirement systems, oversees other financial matters for the state.