|Governor of North Carolina|
|January 5, 2013 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Beverly Perdue (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Mayor of Charlotte|
|Charlotte City Council|
|High school||Lucy Ragsdale High (1974)|
|Bachelor's||Catawba College (1978)|
|Date of birth||October 17, 1956|
|Place of birth||Jamestown, NC|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
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.
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
Governor of North Carolina (2013-Present)
McCrory first won election as governor in 2012. He was sworn in on January 5, 2013.
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.
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.
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."
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. 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.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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.|
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.
|Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
|Governor of North Carolina Republican Primary, 2012|
|Election Results via The North Carolina Board of Elections.|
- 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.
- North Carolina Troopers Association
- N.C. chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business
|Governor of North Carolina, 2008|
|Libertarian||Michael C. Munger||2.8%||121,584|
|Election Results via North Carolina State Board of Elections|
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.
|Pat McCrory's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Governor of North Carolina||$12,202,756|
|2008||Governor of North Carolina||$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.
|Governor of North Carolina 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Pat McCrory's campaign in 2012|
|North Carolina Republican Party||$776,675|
|Ronald Kirkpatrick Sr||$1,200|
|Howard Bissell III||$1,100|
|Total Raised in 2012||$12,202,756|
|Total Votes received in 2012||2,440,707|
|Cost of each vote received||$5|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In the second quarter of 2012, McCrory raised $2.2 million. He ended the quarter with $4.4 million cash on hand.
McCrory earned an honorary doctorate from Catawba College in 2001.
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- DigTriad, "Pat McCrory Sworn In As NC Governor Saturday," January 6, 2013
- NewsObserver.com, "Undeclared McCrory likely to face Perdue," November 16, 2011
- News and Observer, "Governor: McCrory becomes first Republican to win governor’s race in 20 years," November 7, 2012
- Bloomberg, "North Carolina’s Governor-Elect Shifts From Transit to Tea Party," November 25, 2012
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- WRAL, "McCrory takes oath of office Saturday," January 5, 2013
- Washington Post, "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014
- The Pilot, "Chamber Backing Common Core Standards," accessed June 24, 2014
- News Observer, "McCrory calls Common Core effort ‘not a smart move’," June 5, 2014
- The Times News, "Some of McCrory's cabinet members get salary bump," January 11, 2013
- Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
- Francis Deluca, National Review Online, "The States’ Income-Tax Repeal Revolution," January 28, 2013
- On The Issues, "Pat McCrory Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- 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.
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary election, May 8, 2012, Unofficial results," accessed May 9, 2012
- News and Observer, "McCrory stands by no-tax pledge from 2008 campaign," August 2, 2012
- WRAL, "Dalton gets backing from NC police officers' group," August 8, 2012
- Sacramento Bee, "Pat McCrory gets endorsement of NC chapter of NFIB," August 23, 2012
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Pat McCrory," accessed May 20, 2013
- National Journal, "McCrory Raises $2.2 Million," accessed July 11, 2012
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