Governor Cooper’s First Year in Photos

“I am honored to serve as Governor and proud of our accomplishments so far. We’ve got much more to do.” — Governor Cooper.

After bad winter weather canceled inaugural festivities, Governor Cooper delivered his Inaugural Address live on TV from the Executive Residence. January 7, 2017

An early Cabinet Meeting. Governor Cooper has appointed by far the most diverse, and arguably the most talented Executive Cabinet in our state’s history. January 30, 2017

Three North Carolina WWII veterans are presented the Legion of Honor medal during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Raleigh, NC.
February 8, 2017

Hurricane Matthew devastated communities across eastern North Carolina. Governor Cooper visits Edgecombe County to learn more about what the county needs to successfully recover. March 16, 2017

During a tour of Linamar Corporation in Arden, Governor Cooper stops to talk about NC Grow — his free community college tuition proposal.
March 31, 2017

Governor Cooper takes a photo with a young guest at the Executive Residence Open House. April 8, 2017

Robeson County was one of the counties hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. After touring a house being rebuilt due to flood damage, Governor Cooper talks to the homeowner. April 11, 2017

Governor Cooper’s budget, Common Ground Solutions for North Carolina called for $10 million for the NC Invents program. The program helps universities, innovators, and entrepreneurs get their ideas to the marketplace faster. Here, Governor Cooper tours ECU’s Innovation Design Lab.
April 20, 2017

April was STEM Education Month in North Carolina. Here, Governor Cooper signs the proclamation at a ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium. April 19, 2017

During a Meals on Wheels delivery in Wilson County. April 24, 2017

Governor Cooper eats with Eli Dougherty, 13, at the “Homework Diner” at Enka Middle School outside of Asheville. This visit was a part of National Volunteer Week in North Carolina. April 25, 2017

Governor Cooper and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer work on a house in Fayetteville that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew. April 27, 2017

Governor Cooper welcomes the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions to the Executive Residence to celebrate the big Tar Heel win.
May 3, 2017

Governor Cooper talks to the media after announcing that Credit Suisse will be creating 1,200 new jobs in the Research Triangle Park. The state announced more than 21,000 new jobs this year, the most recruited by the state in any one year since 2006. May 9, 2017

Governor Cooper is in there somewhere. Taking questions from the media under the wing of a WC-130J at RDU for the Hurricane Awareness Tour.
May 10, 2017

Governor Cooper surprises students while on a tour of the North Carolina State Capitol. May 11, 2017

A student from Oak Ridge Elementary School stands up to ask Governor Cooper a question. Governor Cooper stopped at many schools to talk about his plan to make North Carolina a Top Ten Educated State by 2025. May 19, 2017

May was Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in North Carolina. Here is Governor Cooper and a young CF advocate at the Executive Residence after the proclamation signing. May 20, 2017

Governor Cooper observes a helicopter perform search and rescue training exercises at the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Elizabeth City. May 22, 2017

Touring Fort Bragg in a Blackhawk helicopter during Military Awareness Week. May 26, 2017

After giving a speech at Northern Nash High School’s graduation ceremony, Governor Cooper is presented with his old basketball jersey. June 10, 2017

While getting an update on Bertie County’s hurricane recovery, Governor Cooper made a quick stop at Bunn’s Barbecue. June 20, 2017

Governor Cooper shares a laugh in private with Megan Faircloth and her family before presenting her with the Governor’s Student Excellence Award. Megan battled with homelessness on the way to graduating at the top of her class and earning a scholarship to Stanford University. June 22, 2017

Surrounded by teachers, Governor Cooper announces he is vetoing the legislature’s budget because it doesn’t go far enough for our teachers or students. See his full statement here. June 26, 2017

DEQ Secretary Michael Regan, Governor Cooper, and Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry listen to county officials at a hurricane recovery meeting in Robeson County. June 28, 2017

Governor Cooper meets with Megan Czejkowski, an NC General Assembly intern who has Down syndrome. June 29, 2017

Governor Cooper, Dept. of Public Safety Secretary Eric Hooks, and State Highway Patrol Colonel Glenn McNeill celebrate the signing of the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act of 2017. The STOP Act is intended to curb epidemic levels of opioid drug addiction and overdose in North Carolina.

“Not off our coast.” After coming out against offshore drilling on North Carolina’s coast, Governor Cooper tours Fort Macon. July 20, 2017

Governor Roy Cooper signs a bill that authorizes three new state natural areas for the North Carolina State Parks system and directs a study for a potential state park along the Black River in the southeastern part of the state. July 25, 2017

Raise the Age proclamation signing at the North Carolina State Capitol.
July 28, 2017

After construction workers accidentally drove a steel casing into an underground transmission line and knocked out power to parts of the Outer Banks, Governor Cooper visited to see the impact on residents and businesses. Here he talks with concerned residents at Avon Fishing Pier.
July 31, 2017

Can’t go through Lexington without stopping at “The Monk.” August 28, 2017

This student was more interested in the camera than Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Governor Cooper was in town announcing an additional 3,500 new Pre-K slots statewide over the next two years. August 28th, 2017

The North State All-Stars team based in Greenville got a big time reception after their incredible run in the Little League World Series. August 30, 2017

Governor Cooper hears directly from an opioid addiction survivor at Vaya Health clinic in Asheville. August 31, 2017

Governor Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper shop for school supplies for the first annual Governor’s School Supply Drive. September 1, 2017

On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Matthew, Governor Cooper speaks with Addie Caple and her sister. Roy joined a team of volunteers to help rebuild Addie’s house on the North Carolina Day of Service. October 7, 2017

Governor Cooper gets a tour of Oak Hill Iron + Wood in Morganton, NC.
October 17, 2017

No visit to the North Carolina State Fair is complete without trying some of the food. Governor Cooper’s favorite is a caramel apple with nuts.
October 18, 2017

Governor Cooper, dressed up as Sheriff Andy Taylor, welcomes trick-or-treaters to the Executive Residence on Halloween. October 31, 2017

Phil Ford, Governor Cooper, and First Lady Kristin Cooper get some shots up in the Executive Residence driveway while waiting to shoot a promo for the Disaster Relief Basketball Jamboree. November 1, 2017

Governor Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen listen to a presentation on the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program in Fayetteville. LEAD is a pilot program developed with the community to address low-level drug crimes. November 3, 2017

Governor Cooper meets with constituents at the opening of the Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Center in Goldsboro.
November 21, 2017

First Lady Kristin Cooper and Governor Cooper make Wake County’s nine millionth Meals on Wheels delivery to WWII veteran Millie Veasey.
December 6, 2017

First Lady Kristin Cooper and Governor Cooper light the tree at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol. December 6, 2017

After dropping off donations, Governor Cooper thanks volunteers at Wake County’s Salvation Army. December 20, 2017

Roy Cooper understands the challenges facing our families and communities and wants to build a North Carolina that works for everyone.

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