Roy Cooper will visit The Alliance’s headquarters to speak during the company’s “MISSION” LeadCon16 on July 23, as he vies to become the next governor of North Carolina.
Cooper is no stranger to The Alliance.
He has spoken previously at The Alliance’s national conventions in Raleigh, N.C. In December of 2015, Cooper met with constituents at The Alliance headquarters to share his vision for the future of the Tar Heel state during a fundraiser to support his campaign for governor.
In addition to Cooper, High Point University President Nido Qubein will deliver the event’s keynote address on July 22. N.C. Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin will also speak before Goodwin on July 23.
Over the years, Cooper has run successfully for public office 11 times and he plans to run his record to 12-0 in November. He is North Carolina’s longest-serving attorney general, currently in his fourth term.
“I’ve won 11 elections and I’ve lost zero,” Cooper said at a recent fundraiser. “I’m not going to lose this race, OK … because we can’t afford to lose this race. North Carolina is at a crossroads. We’re going to make choices. Are we gonna be the North Carolina that we know we are, or are we going to fall in the trap of just helping those at the top?”
In 2000, Cooper was elected Attorney General, where he has continued to protect families across the state. As North Carolina’s top law enforcement official, Roy has cracked down on child predators, worked to increase penalties for drug dealers, and overseen a sharp (30 percent) decrease in crime.
Cooper, 60, was born and raised in Nash County. He attended public schools and worked summers on the family farm before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship, one of the university’s most prestigious academic scholarships.
After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, Cooper entered public service because he loves North Carolina and understands the challenges facing our families and communities. At home, he served as a Sunday school teacher and volunteered in public schools.
Cooper was elected to the N.C. House in 1986 at the age of 27. He became the N.C. Senate majority leader in 1998. In the N.C. House and Senate, Cooper fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes. He wrote N.C.’s first children’s health insurance initiative. Cooper believes every child in N.C. deserves the same opportunities that he had – and that he wanted for his own daughters.
Cooper and his wife, Kristin are the proud parents of three daughters – Natalie, Hilary and Claire.