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Lt. Governor (NC)
NC Lt. Governor
Warren Kennedy, Jr.
(Sergeant - Wilmington Police Department, RETIRED)
Warren, a graduate of East Duplin High School, is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. He holds an AAS degree in Criminal Justice Technology from James Sprunt Community College, a BIS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and is a graduate of the prestigious IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program. He served as a full-time sworn law enforcement officer in eastern North Carolina from 1986-2015; serving over 16 of those years as a supervisor. He has been a certified law enforcement instructor since 1991, with specialty instructor certifications in Explosives & Haz-Mat; Rapid Deployment; Response to WMD Incidents; and State & Local Anti-Terrorism. His instructor certifications are from the NC Criminal Justice Standards Division and the NC Sheriffs' Education & Training Standards.
Warren was awarded a Medal of Valor in 1996 for risking his own life to save the life of another and has been recognized as Officer of Year by the Fraternal Order of Police (NC Lodge 58) and Wilmington (NC) Jaycees. He was inducted into the Order of the Cape Fear by the CFCC Foundation in 2008 for his establishment of the Clint B. Robertson Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Upon his retirement from full-time active duty law enforcement on 1/1/2016, he was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
In September 2012, Warren was assigned to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte (NC) and, in both January 2013 & January 2017, he was assigned to the 57th & 58th Presidential Inaugurations in Washington, DC; all of these National Special Security Events required working with numerous Federal agencies as well as State and Local law enforcement agencies from around the United States, while the latter two required deputation as a Special Deputy United States Marshal. Additionally, he served as Vice Chairman of the Seventh Congressional District (NC) Homeland Security Advisory Committee to former Congressman Mike McIntyre from 2010-2014 and also served on the Congressman's law enforcement advisory committee. Currently, Warren serves as a member of Congressman David Rouzer's (NC-7) Homeland Security Advisory Committee (2015-Present).
Warren has been married to his wife, Sheila (a Registered Nurse), for 35 years. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. They attend Scotts Hill Baptist Church where they have served as Sunday School teachers for kindergarten students and Warren has served as a Deacon.
Warren maintained a sworn law enforcement status until 1/1/2021. He currently serves
as an Adjunct Instructor for both Cape Fear Community College and James Sprunt Community College; and is a Federal contractor with the United States Department of Justice as a Special Investigator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. In his spare time, Warren enjoys spending time with friends and discussing current events. His desire to 'get involved' and assist others stems from his rural upbringing where he was taught to work hard but never forget what it was like to have little.
Warren was the conservative candidate for NC House District 18 in 2020.
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