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Walter H. Dalton

Assumed office 
January 10, 2009
Governor Bev Perdue
Preceded by Bev Perdue

Born May 21, 1949 (1949-05-21) (age 60)
Rutherford County, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lucille Dalton
Alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Methodist
Signature File:Waltersign.jpg
Website Dalton for Lt. Governor

Walter H. Dalton (born May 21, 1949) is a Democratic politician from North Carolina and the state's current Lieutenant Governor. Prior to his election to that office, he was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's forty-sixth Senate district, including constituents in Cleveland and Rutherford counties. An attorney from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, Dalton served six terms in the North Carolina Senate.[1] He won election to the office of Lieutenant Governor in the 2008 election.[2]



Dalton earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971, and earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975.

2008 campaign

In 2007, Dalton announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2008.[3] He won the Democratic primary on May 6, 2008, defeating Hampton Dellinger, Patrick Smathers, and Dan Besse.[4] He won the general election on November 4, 2008.[2]

As Lieutenant Governor

Dalton became the founding chairman of the Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Commission in October 2009. The commission includes 20 business and education leaders who will work on making high school graduates better prepared for careers. [5] [6] He was also appointed by Gov. Perdue to chair a new task force on logistics.[7]

Electoral history

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina[8]
Year Candidate Party Votes Pct
2008 Walter Dalton Democratic 2,132,970 51.10%
Robert Pittenger Republican 1,914,941 45.88%
Phillip Rhodes Libertarian 126,074 3.02%


Dalton's father, Charles, was also a North Carolina state senator. His wife, Lucille, is a former teacher and former local school board member. Walter and Lucille Dalton are the parents of two children, Brian and Elizabeth.[9]


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