Governor McCrory was raised in Guilford County and attended Catawba College in Rowan County, where he earned degrees in Education and Political Science. Following his graduation from Catawba, he packed his bags for Charlotte and went to work full time for Duke Energy. A management-training program put Pat through a rotation of digging ditches and climbing electric poles as well as stints in various management jobs from human resources to economic development.
In 1989, Pat ran for an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council and won. He would win two more elections to the council in 1991 and 1993 and serve as Mayor Pro Tem from 1993-1995. In 1995, at the age of 39, Pat was elected as Mayor of Charlotte. He would go on to serve a record 14 years as mayor until 2009.
As Mayor, Charlotte was on the cusp of an explosion of growth, and he was just the visionary needed to help take Charlotte to the next level to become one of America’s great cities. He championed major issues such as economic development, infrastructure, transportation, public safety, and education. Charlotte’s economy flourished during his time as Mayor as he helped bring tens of thousands of jobs to the region.
Pat was known as a visionary in the area of transportation during his time as Mayor. He prepared Charlotte for population increases by overseeing the construction of the city’s first light rail line and set the groundwork for future rail lines and road improvements. He is also known for successfully reducing the property tax rate as well as the city’s crime rate by increasing the number of cops on the streets and pushing for tougher anti-gang laws.
On January 5th, 2013, Pat became the 74th governor of North Carolina after winning election by over 11 points. Since then, Pat has focused on improving “customer service” for the people of North Carolina by streamlining operations and cutting waste. He has been an aggressive job creator during his term, including his recent announcement of MetLife’s decision to bring 2,800 well-paying jobs to the state.
Governor McCrory resides in Raleigh with his wife Ann and their dog Moe.