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.
President [[George W. Bush]] appointed McCrory to the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.<ref name="BioAtWRAL"/><ref name="NGA"/>
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 name="NGA">[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"/>
Legislation signed and supported===
McCrory successfully reformed North Carolina, creating jobs and savings.<ref>[https://governor.nc.gov/about-governor-mccrory Pat McCrory]. ''governor.nc.gov''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref>
the previous NC governor raised taxes and made the state very unfriendly towards business, McCrory dramatically reduced taxes, both corporate and personal, leading to a much better business environment.<ref name="Forbes">Gleason, Patrick (November 7, 2016). [ http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2016/11/07/case-for-mccrory/#6a94d07c6c9b Top Five Reasons N.C. Voters Should Re-elect Gov. Pat McCrory]. ''Forbes''. Retrieved December 29, 2016.</ref> According to the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index, a non-partisan organization, North Carolina's business tax environment went from the 41st to 11th best in the U.S. under McCrory.<ref name="Forbes"/>
Not only was McCrory a [[fiscal conservative]] in his taxation policy, but also with his spending policy.<ref name="Forbes"/> Rather than participating in the [[tax and spend]] policies of leftist Democrats, McCrory and the GOP state legislature kept spending below the population and inflation growth rates, meaning that the economy grew faster than the government.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.2) In addition, McCrory exited the costly and useless federal government extended benefits program in 2013, retired a $2 billion debt to the federal government, and wisely ended the state's long-term unemployment benefits which hurt the economy and are costly and do no good.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.2) These reforms have helped grow the economy and led to the state's reduction o unemployment faster than the national average.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.2)
Additionally, under McCrory's tenure, North Carolina reduced its number of state regulations by at least 2,540, with a goal of having only 19,000 (which is unfortunately not a lot in today's world).<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.2)
Unlike the leftist Democrats who oppose quality education and support trapping poor children in incompetent public "schools" which
ruins their lives, McCrory massively increased school choice in North Carolina, which can only improve the quality of life of children.<ref name="Forbes"/>(p.3)