Roy Cooper cares deeply about the future of his home state. Serving as Attorney General since 2001, Cooper has worked hard to keep people safe by fighting crime, protecting consumers, and helping crime victims.
Born and raised in Nash County, Roy attended public schools and worked summers on the farm. His mother worked as a school teacher and his father practiced law and farmed in Nashville, the county seat.
Cooper graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, and after finishing law school he went back home to practice law.
He is a civic leader, having served as a Sunday school teacher, elder and deacon. He tutors children in the public schools and has led fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes, Barium Springs Home for Children, and the United Way. He and his wife, Kristin, have three grown children, Hilary, Natalie, and Claire.
He has won every election he has entered and in 2008 he won more votes than any candidate for any office in the history of the state. In 2012, he was elected to his fourth term as Attorney General with no opposition, which hasn’t happened in more than 70 years.
Cooper is known nationally for taking over the Duke Lacrosse case and righting the wrongs that occurred. He has dramatically increased DNA testing of crime scene evidence and pushed to include all felons in the state's criminal database in order to crack more cases and ensure that the right person is brought to justice.
He started a computer forensics unit to hunt child predators and offered computer safety guides to parents and teachers. To help families plan for their safety, Cooper launched a website that allows North Carolinians to track sex offenders who live near them.
To tackle the explosion in meth labs in North Carolina, Cooper made it harder for criminals to get the drug's key ingredient and ensured that meth makers serve prison time, especially if they endanger children and law enforcement.
Cooper has also led efforts to better protect consumers' personal information, pushed a Do Not Call law to allow citizens to avoid telemarketers, and provided a Critical Incident Response Kit to every school in North Carolina to help educators and law enforcement know what to do in a crisis. He is fighting the utilities for lower energy bills for consumers and businesses and he won a major case against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to reduce the air pollution it blows into North Carolina.
Cooper previously served as a North Carolina Senator and in the North Carolina House. As a legislator, he fought to increase pay for teachers and reduce class sizes. He also wrote North Carolina’s first children’s health insurance initiative, passed laws that set a national standard against predatory lenders, pushed tougher safety standards for child care centers, gave victims new rights through the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, banned guns from schools, and helped create a graduated license program to give young drivers more training.