Pat McCrory

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Pat McCrory
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Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 5, 2013 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorBeverly Perdue (D)
Base salary$141,265
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$18,847,704
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Charlotte
Charlotte City Council
High schoolLucy Ragsdale High (1974)
Bachelor'sCatawba College (1978)
Date of birthOctober 17, 1956
Place of birthJamestown, NC
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Pat McCrory is the 74th and current Governor of North Carolina. A Republican, he has served in this position since January 5, 2013.[1] McCrory won election on November 6, 2012. He was helped in his efforts by prominent GOP governors Chris Christie in New Jersey and Bobby Jindal in Louisiana.[2]

McCrory first sought the office of governor in 2008. In that race he lost to Bev Perdue (D) by some 145,000 votes. With her approval ratings slipping, Perdue did not seek re-election in 2012. Her lieutenant governor, Walter Dalton, ran for the Democrats, facing McCrory in the general election, which McCrory easily won. In doing so, he became the first Republican to take the seat in 20 years and the first to have a GOP legislature in over 100 years.[3]

From 1995-2009, McCrory served as Mayor of Charlotte. During that time he was seen as a moderate-conservative and enjoyed bipartisan support. During the 2012 campaign he campaigned as a strict conservative, enjoying support from tea party and other far-right groups. McCrory, however, disputed criticism that he had shifted his views.[4]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked McCrory as the 9th most conservative governor in the country.[5]


McCrory was raised in Guilford County. After earning degree in education and political science from Catawba College, he moved to Charlotte to work for Duke Energy.

He won election to an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council, winning re-election two times and serving as Mayor Pro Tem. In 1995, he was elected Mayor of Charlotte, eventually serving seven terms.

In 2010, McCrory began work as the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Charlotte-based law firm of Moore & Van Allen. He is also currently a partner with McCrory & Company, a management consulting firm.


  • Lucy Ragsdale High
  • B.S., Education and political science, Catawba College

Political career

Governor of North Carolina (2013-Present)

McCrory first won election as governor in 2012. He was sworn in on January 5, 2013.[6]

Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge

See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge

On July 22, 2014, the Republican governors of Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns about the handling of the ongoing border crisis. The crisis was over unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children illegally crossing into Texas. The governors noted that a failure to return the children “will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border,” endangering more children.[7]

Common Core

McCrory supports the now controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative.[8]

McCrory said the effort to repeal the Common Core education standards by the Republican legislature is not a smart move. Instead, he wishes to work on correcting issues stating "you don’t just throw out the whole thing if you have some minor issues you need to fix. We are trying to get some of the language out of the current bills in which we toss the whole thing out with no replacement.” He made the remarks after the North Carolina Senate pushed ahead with its legislation, voting to approve the measure, which calls for a commission to recommend changes to the standards. The House approved a different version. The legislature will eventually need to reconcile the differences before the bill gets to McCrory. He has not said whether or not he will veto the bill.[9]

Cabinet salaries

Republican state legislators changed state law to allow the governor to set cabinet member salaries. As of January 2013, McCrory's 8-member cabinet made over $1 million - an increase of $78,000 over the previous year.

McCrory increased four cabinet secretaries - Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Transportation and Corrections - from $121,807 to $135,000. The other four - Energy and Natural Resources, Revenue, Administration and Cultural Resources - went from $121,807 to $128,000.

Explaining the raises, McCrory said, "I'm trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi-billion departments."[10]

Tax reform

McCrory has made tax reform, namely a reduction in the state's income tax, a priority for 2013. McCrory said that states with low or no income tax have done better economically that those with high rates.[11] McCrory has said he wants to examine eliminating the state income tax. The John W. Pope Civitas Institute analyzed a soon-to-be-introduced bill that would eliminate the state income, corporate, and franchise taxes and replace the lost revenue by increasing the state sales tax and expanding the sales tax to cover services and other exempted products. The Institute estimated that such a policy would have brought the state an additional 217,000 to 378,000 more jobs had it been in place over the past 10 years.[12]

On The Issues Vote Match

Pat McCrory's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, McCrory is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. McCrory received a score of 32 percent on social issues and 75 percent on economic issues.[13]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[14]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Unknown Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[13]



See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012

McCrory won election as Governor of North Carolina in 2012. He easily defeated five challengers in the May 8th primary, and defeated Walter Dalton (D) and Barbara Howe (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15]

Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Dalton 43.2% 1,931,580
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat McCrory 54.6% 2,440,707
     Libertarian Barbara Howe 2.1% 94,652
     Write-in Various 0% 1,356
Total Votes 4,468,295
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

Governor of North Carolina Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat McCrory 83.4% 748,180
Paul Wright 5.3% 47,403
Scott Jones 3.5% 31,191
James Mahan 3.4% 30,056
Jim Harney 3% 26,485
Charles Moss 1.5% 13,822
Total Votes 897,137
Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.

Issue positions


  • In 2008, McCrory signed a no-tax pledge by Americans for Tax Reform, stating he would "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes." In August 2012, his campaign confirmed that would continue to stand by that pledge.[16]


  • North Carolina Troopers Association[17]
  • N.C. chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business[18]


McCrory ran for Governor of North Carolina in 2008. He was defeated by Democrat Beverly Perdue in the November 2008 general election.

Governor of North Carolina, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBev Perdue 50.3% 2,146,189
     Republican Pat McCrory 46.9% 2,001,168
     Libertarian Michael C. Munger 2.8% 121,584
Total Votes 4,268,941
Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCrory is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, McCrory raised a total of $18,847,704 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[19]

Pat McCrory's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of North Carolina Won $12,202,756
2008 Governor of North Carolina Defeated $6,644,948
Grand Total Raised $18,847,704


McCrory won election to the position of Governor of North Carolina in 2012. During that election cycle, McCrory raised a total of $12,202,756.

In the second quarter of 2012, McCrory raised $2.2 million. He ended the quarter with $4.4 million cash on hand.[20]


McCrory earned an honorary doctorate from Catawba College in 2001.

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  1. DigTriad, "Pat McCrory Sworn In As NC Governor Saturday," January 6, 2013
  2., "Undeclared McCrory likely to face Perdue," November 16, 2011
  3. News and Observer, "Governor: McCrory becomes first Republican to win governor’s race in 20 years," November 7, 2012
  4. Bloomberg, "North Carolina’s Governor-Elect Shifts From Transit to Tea Party," November 25, 2012
  5. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  6. WRAL, "McCrory takes oath of office Saturday," January 5, 2013
  7. Washington Post, "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014
  8. The Pilot, "Chamber Backing Common Core Standards," accessed June 24, 2014
  9. News Observer, "McCrory calls Common Core effort ‘not a smart move’," June 5, 2014
  10. The Times News, "Some of McCrory's cabinet members get salary bump," January 11, 2013
  11. Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
  12. Francis Deluca, National Review Online, "The States’ Income-Tax Repeal Revolution," January 28, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 On The Issues, "Pat McCrory Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  14. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  15. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary election, May 8, 2012, Unofficial results," accessed May 9, 2012
  16. News and Observer, "McCrory stands by no-tax pledge from 2008 campaign," August 2, 2012
  17. WRAL, "Dalton gets backing from NC police officers' group," August 8, 2012
  18. Sacramento Bee, "Pat McCrory gets endorsement of NC chapter of NFIB," August 23, 2012
  19. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Pat McCrory," accessed May 20, 2013
  20. National Journal, "McCrory Raises $2.2 Million," accessed July 11, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Beverly Perdue (D)
North Carolina Governor
Succeeded by