Patrick Lloyd "Pat" McCrory (born October 17, 1956)<ref name="PVS">[https://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/41567/patrick-mccrory#.WGWM6WwzVPY Patrick McCrory's Biography]. ''Project Vote Smart''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
is the governor of [[North Carolina]], serving since 2013. Prior to this, he served as a city council member of [[Charlotte, North Carolina]] from 1989-95, as Mayor Pro Tem from 1993-95, and as mayor of Charlotte from 1995-2009.
As governor of North Carolina, McCrory helped pass much conservative legislation that improved the quality of life in the state.
McCrory ran successfully for Charlotte city council in 1989, and he subsequently won two more elections to that position.<ref name="PVS"/><ref name="BioAtWRAL"/> From 1993-95, McCrory served as Mayor Pro Tem of the city, and in 1995, he was elected mayor.<ref name="PVS"/><ref name="BioAtWRAL"/> McCrory served seven terms as mayor—a record.<ref name="BioAtWRAL"/><ref name="Spanberg">Spanberg, Erik (December 28, 2016). [http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2016/12/28/charlottes-newsmakers-in-2016-pat-mccrorys.html Charlotte's Newsmakers in 2016: Pat McCrory's popularity plummets among crucial local voters]. ''Charlotte Business Journal''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> McCrory served the longest term of any Charlotte mayor, and he finished his last term in 2009.<ref name="Pat'sStory"/>
McCrory was the Republican nominee for Governor of North Carolina in 2008, and he lost narrowly to
the Democrat candidate.<ref>Morrill, Jim (November 6, 2008). [http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article9022094.html Losing is new for McCrory]. ''The Charlotte Observer''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
==North Carolina governor==
McCrory was elected North Carolina Governor in 2012, defeating
the Democrat incumbent. The [[Republican Party]] now had a trifecta and total control over the state, and they were able to advance common sense conservative legislation. McCrory was sworn in on January 5, 2013.<ref>[https://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/current-governors/col2-content/main-content-list/pat-mccrory.html Governor Pat McCrory]. ''National Governor's Association''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> Despite the conservative descisions he would make, McCrory campaigned as a relative moderate.<ref name="Spanberg"/ >