The Attorneys General
Roy Cooper (D)
North Carolina Attorney General
Elected: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Roy Cooper serves as North Carolina's Attorney General to fight crime and protect consumers. He was first elected in 2000 and was reelected to a third term in 2008 with more total votes than any candidate for office in North Carolina history. Cooper’s initiatives include:
· Tougher sentences for child predators and pornographers and more tools to help law enforcementtrack down offenders.
· Increased DNA testing to identify the guilty and clear the innocent, and inclusion of all felons and certain arrestees in the state's database of convicted offenders, resulting in a record number of hits to help solve crimes.
- CShutting down dangerous meth labs to making it harder for criminals to get the drug's key ingredient and winning tougher sentences for meth makers.
- Busting foreclosure scams and winning more help for families facing foreclosure, including a landmark national settlement with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers worth $338 million to North Carolinians.
- The nation’s first comprehensive laws against predatory lending and elimination of payday lendersfrom North Carolina.
- Providing every school in North Carolina a kit to help educators and law enforcement plan for a crisissuch as a school shooting.
- Protecting communities through the StreetSafe Task Force by working with ex-offenders to keep them from repeating their crimes.
- A safe harbor for victims of domestic violence and stalking through the Address Confidentiality Program.
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 practiced law and served in the legislature as House Judiciary Chair and later Senate Majority Leader and Judiciary Chair.
Roy Cooper is a Sunday School teacher and has served as an elder and deacon. He tutors children at a local middle school 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.