Britt Cobb

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W. Britt Cobb

W. Britt Cobb, Jr was Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of North Carolina between June 2003 and February 2005. He was appointed to to the post in June of 2003 following the resignation of Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps and lost a hotly disputed race for the seat in 2004 to Republican Steve Troxler.

Cobb was born in Elm City, North Carolina, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cobb began working for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture shortly after his graduation as a food-distribution representative, and was the first agriculture director at North Carolina's European Office in West Germany during the late 1970s.

In 1991, Cobb was named assistant director of marketing for the agriculture department, and he was appointed to the post of interim agriculture commissioner in June 2003 following the resignation of Meg Scott Phipps. His appointment as North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture was made official in December 2003; that same month, he announced his candidacy for the post in the 2004 statewide general elections. Cobb faced Republican Steve Troxler and finished only about 2,000 votes behind his opponent; however, 4,000 lost votes in Carteret County led to an extended legal dispute, in which Cobb and his attorneys pressed for a new statewide election for the race. On February 4, 2005, Cobb conceded the race and Troxler was sworn in as Agriculture Commissioner on February 8.

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