Local Politics

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest

Posted January 9, 2013
Updated January 11

Repuyblican Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Forest delivers his victory speech on Nov. 19, 2012, after Democrat Linda Coleman conceded the race.

Republican Dan Forest is North Carolina's 34th lieutenant governor.

An architect by profession, Forest had never run for elected office before the 2012 campaign. He was re-elected four years later.

The lieutenant governor is elected separately from the governor. He serves as president of the Senate and presides over sessions, although he has little influence over the flow of legislation or appointments of committees.

Forest, 49, is married and has four children. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.