Democrat Roy Cooper was first elected attorney general in 2000. Before that, he served in the state House and state Senate.
As attorney general, Cooper heads the state's Department of Justice, which oversees the State Bureau of Investigation and is responsible for defending the state in court.
Despite high profile problems with the state's crime lab, Cooper has performed strongly at the polls. He may best known for his high profile consumer interest cases, such has his suit against Duke Energy Corp.'s recent rate increase and his dismissal of the rape case against three Duke University lacrosse players.
Cooper is married and has three children.