Mike Easley, elected governor of North Carolina on November 2000, grew up on a Nash County tobacco farm along with six siblings. He earned a law degree in 1976 and six years later was elected district attorney in Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus Counties. In 1990, he ran for statewide office; he lost. In 1992, he was elected North Carolina Attorney General and served two terms. In January 2001, he was inaugurated governor.