With wife Ann by his side, Pat McCrory took the oath of office on January 5, 2013, becoming North Carolina’s 74th governor.
In his first State of the State address, the governor laid out his vision for returning North Carolina to prosperity with a commitment to focus on three key areas: the economy, education and efficiency. To that end, the governor quickly launched economic development reforms that concentrate on private-sector job creation and retention. He tasked educators with instilling knowledge and teaching skills to ensure students are college and/or career ready. He began a long overdue and sweeping upgrade of information technology systems to make state operations efficient and customer friendly.
McCrory’s vision and approach reflect a lifelong dedication to improving the lives of North Carolinians.
McCrory began his public service career in 1989 by winning an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council. He was re-elected twice to the council before winning the mayor’s seat in 1995. The people of Charlotte entrusted him with the Mayor’s responsibilities for a record seven terms.
During his tenure, McCrory forged coalitions that propelled Charlotte to the national scene, and earned it a reputation as one of America’s premier metropolitan areas. He built and led bipartisan teams from the public and private sectors that moved Charlotte forward in economic development, infrastructure, transportation, public safety and education. Under McCrory’s leadership, Charlotte attracted tens of thousands of jobs, becoming a vital center for banking, manufacturing and energy, and an integral transportation hub.
As Charlotte’s economic transformation took place, McCrory set out to ensure the quality of life improved for its citizens as well. His policies helped reduce the crime rate, lower property taxes, and encourage neighborhoods to foster pride and involvement in their communities.
In 2001, then-Mayor McCrory founded the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Association, a bipartisan group of mayors working together to find locally-based solutions to problems facing North Carolina’s cities. The organization continues as a strong voice and was one of the first organizations invited by Governor McCrory to join him for a discussion of issues at the State Capitol. McCrory also served as the Chair of the Republican Mayors Association and received a presidential appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.
McCrory came to North Carolina with his family in 1966. He graduated from Jamestown’s Ragsdale High School in 1974 and earned degrees in Education and Political Science from Catawba College in 1978. Upon graduation, McCrory settled in Charlotte after being hired by Duke Energy to be part of a rigorous management training program. Through that opportunity, he learned the energy business from the ground up, digging trenches, climbing electric utility poles, and more. During his 29-year career at Duke, McCrory held management positions ranging from human resources to economic development.
Community service has always been an important part of McCrory’s personal and professional life. In 1995, he founded the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance and personally served as a mentor to Charlotte’s youth. In 2005, Charlotte was cited by America’s Promise as one of the 100 Best Communities for Youth. McCrory has volunteered for many nonprofit community organizations and has served as the honorary chair for the Charlotte chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation.
In 2008, McCrory left Duke Energy to concentrate on running for North Carolina governor. He lost the race to then Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue in the closest gubernatorial race in the nation. He continued as Charlotte’s mayor until 2009, when he embarked on a new opportunity at the Charlotte-based firm of Moore & Van Allen. In that role, he consulted on energy issues and economic development. He also served on the corporate boards of Lending Tree and Kewaunee Scientific.
In 2012, McCrory decided to make a second run for governor and was elected by an overwhelming margin. In his inaugural address, Governor McCrory established a tone of cooperation and high expectations when he said, “Working together, we can make North Carolina the place of unlimited opportunity – a place where anyone who studies hard, works hard and lives a life of high values can fulfill their potential.”
Governor and First Lady Ann McCrory reside in the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh. They are the proud and loving caretakers of “Moe,” the first couple’s chocolate Labrador Retriever mix.