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Dan Forest

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In 2012, in his first run for elected office at any level, Dan Forest became only the second Republican since 1897 to be elected Lieutenant Governor in the state of North Carolina. Dan’s victory to the state’s second highest office came after he personally travelled nearly 300,000 miles to all 100 counties. This same work ethic was demonstrated in Dan’s previous career. A registered architect, Dan rose from office intern (while in college) to Office President and Senior Partner of the North Carolina’s largest architectural firm over his 22 year career. As Lieutenant Governor, Dan serves as President of the North Carolina Senate, serves on the State Board of Economic Development, is a member of the NC Military Affairs Commission and is Chairman of the Energy Policy Council. Dan’s passion and priority in the Lt. Governor’s Office is innovation through education. By nature of being Lieutenant Governor, Dan serves as a voting member of the State Board of Education and on the NC Community College Board. In these roles, Dan is tireless in spreading his vision for North Carolina education to move away from the status quo and towards customized curriculum for each and every child, using technology as the tool. Dan is a supporter of Mastery Based Learning and as Chairman of the Governor’s eLearning Commission and member of the State Board of Education’s Special Committee on Digital Learning, he is helping lead the way towards North Carolina being the first state in the nation to have every classroom connected through high-speed wireless Internet. Dan is also working diligently so that every child, regardless of socio-economic position in life, may have a school-issued one-to-one device, so that the world of learning is literally in the palm of their hands. Dan is married to his wife of 22 years, Alice. Dan and Alice are the parents of four children ages 9 to 21 and reside in Raleigh.