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James C. Green

For other people named James Green, see James Green (disambiguation).

Jimmy Green
28th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In office
1977–1985
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
Preceded by James B. Hunt, Jr.
Succeeded by Robert B. Jordan, III
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
1961–1976
136th Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
1975–1976
Preceded by James E. Ramsey
Succeeded by Carl J. Stewart, Jr.
Personal details
Born James Collins Green
(1921-02-24)February 24, 1921
Halifax County, Virginia
Died February 4, 2000(2000-02-04) (aged 78)
Elizabethtown, North Carolina
Resting place Clarkton Cemetery, Clarkton, North Carolina
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Religion Presbyterian

James Collins "Jimmy" Green (February 24, 1921 – February 4, 2000)[1] was a North Carolina politician who served as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1975–1976) and as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1977–1985).

Political career

Green served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1961 through 1976. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1976 after defeating Howard Nathaniel Lee in a Democratic primary runoff. In 1980, after a change to the North Carolina Constitution, Green became the first Lt. Governor elected to a second term. He defeated fellow former House Speaker Carl J. Stewart, Jr. in the 1980 Democratic primary, and then went on to defeat Republican Bill Cobey in the general election.

Green was charged in 1983 with accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent, but he was acquitted. The next year, he ran for Governor of North Carolina but finished fifth in the Democratic primary behind Rufus Edmisten. Green then threw his support to the Republican nominee, Jim Martin, giving him critical backing among conservative Democrats in eastern North Carolina. Martin went on to win the election.

Later life and death

He was convicted of income tax fraud in 1997 and was sentenced to 33 months of house arrest. The scandal was in connection with a multimillion-dollar tobacco fraud scheme.[2]

He died in Bladen County hospital at Elizabethtown, North Carolina on February 4, 2000.

References

External links

  • Mention at The Political Graveyard

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