Office of Lieutenant Governor

Responsibilities

In many ways, the Lt. Governor serves in a role similar to that of the nation’s Vice President in that he assists the Governor in carrying out his constitutional duties.

  • Serves as the President of the State Senate, with ability to cast tie-breaking votes.
  • Serves as a member of the Governor’s Council of State.
  • The Lt. Governor has a unique role as a nexus between Education and Economic Development.
  • Serves on the State Board of Education, NC Board of Community Colleges, State Economic Development Board, and the Military Affairs Commission.
  • The Lt. Governor is the only elected official to serve at both the executive and legislative level.

Economic Development

  • In addition to serving on the State Economic Development Board, the Lt. Governor is further involved in Economic Development through his ability to appoint people to the NC Biotechnology Center, The NC Rural Economic Development Center, the Biofuels Center of NC, the Southeastern NC Regional Economic Development Commission and the Western NC Regional Economic Development Commission.

Education

  • The Lt. Governor is constitutionally placed on the State Board of Education and also serves on the NC Board of Community Colleges.
  • The Lt. Governor appoints directors to the Public School Forum and the Teaching Fellow Commission.
  • The Lt. Governor serves as Chair of the E-Learning Commission.

Energy

  • The Lt. Governor serves as Chair of the Energy Policy Council which has been tasked by the General Assembly to advise and make recommendations on increasing domestic energy exploration, development, and production within the State and region to promote economic growth and job creation, while ensuring the protection and preservation of the State’s natural resources, cultural heritage, and quality of life.  

Successor to the Governor

  • The Lt. Governor must also stand ready to fulfill the duties of Governor in the event of his absence, death or incapacitation. This succession has happened five times in our state’s history. As such, we should view a potential Lt. Governor through the prism of his or her leadership abilities to fulfill the duties of the Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor has the ability to appoint persons to specific Boards and Commissions.