RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue was sworn in as the state’s top executive in January 2009 and is now approaching her final months in office. Political observers are starting to weigh in on how she will be remembered.

“She came in when the budget was in decline,” said William Peace University political science professor David McLennan, “the economy going downhill, halfway through have the republicans take over the general assembly. So conditions were such that she is not going to have huge pragmatic victories. Couldn’t afford it, or had opposition to it.”

It is rarely easy for those who work on opposite sides of the aisle to work together. For those who worked directly with her, they said they see highs and lows in her leadership.

“Her legacy will be marked in some part in her good work around education, around health and human services,” said House Speaker Thom Tillis. “But some of her legacy is rooted in her disagreements we had last year that we could only resolve through veto overrides.”

Observers said beyond anything else, there is one key point she is going to be remembered for.

“Obviously she is going to be remembered as the first female governor of North Carolina and first lieutenant governor,” said Carol Teal with Lillian’s List of North Carolina.

Lillian’s List works to get women elected into public office and they said Perdue’s ability to break the glass ceiling will likely be her crowning achievement.

But, Teal said Perdue will also be remembered for her political passions.

“If there is one policy issue that I think she will be known for,” said Teal, “it will be her strong stance on promoting and protecting public education.”

When Perdue sat down with News 14 Carolina in April, she said she agreed that education is her top concern and said even after her tenure education will remain a top priority.

“You all this is transformational for us,” Perdue said in April, “and I made a choice — politics or this — and I’m delighted I choose this for me. It is the right thing for me and for North Carolina."