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.
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.