Do you know the people who run your state?
Politics is about people. That's why we set out to rank the people who are making the biggest difference in our state's political world in 2018. The list encompasses the top 50 elected officials, fundraisers, donors, consultants and politicos who get things done in North Carolina today.
Sen. Phil Berger
The President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate for the last eight years has his hand firmly on the reins of state policy and is a wildly successful fundraiser.
Rep. Tim Moore
The Speaker of the North Carolina House is jointly responsible for state policy and has built a reputation for smartly explaining what the General Assembly is doing.
The influential pastor and son of Rev. Billy Graham has a massive following and regularly wades in to the world of politics. His endorsement carries tremendous weight.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
The second-term lieutenant governor is a favorite of social conservatives and likely gubernatorial candidate in 2020. He draws a crowd.
U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry
The Gastonia Republican was first elected to Congress at age 33 and is now the de facto leader of the N.C. delegation.
Gov. Roy Cooper
While constrained by a Republican supermajority, Cooper's approval ratings and fundraising ability are sky-high.
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr
North Carolina's senior senator is the state's most prominent person in Washington since Jesse Helms.
Rep. Nelson Dollar
The state House's chief budget writer is the primary person who determines where all the money goes.
Sen. Harry Brown
The Onslow Republican is the budget chief in the N.C. Senate and the highest-ranking politician in coastal North Carolina.
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows
The Republican from Jackson County is the chairman of the powerful conservative Freedom Caucus and is quickly building a name for himself in national politics.
This ranking was last updated in August 2018. We'll revisit it annually. Have a comment? Send it our way at firstname.lastname@example.org.