Michael Francis "Mike" Easley is an American politician who served as the 72nd governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 2001 to 2009. He is member of the North Carolina Democratic Party and became the first North Carolina governor to admit to a felony by entering an Alford plea to a single state campaign finance violation in a deal that halted a lengthy state and federal investigation. On January 4, 2013, the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Wake County granted Easley a full and unconditional Certificate of Relief. Easley was North Carolina's second Catholic governor. Thomas Burke was the first, though Easley is the first elected by popular vote.
March 23rd, 1950 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (Age 67)