Patrick Lloyd "Pat" McCrory (born October 17, 1956) 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 was born on October 17, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio. He was raised in Jamestown, North Carolina. McCrory graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1978 with a B.A. in political science and education. McCrory also earned a teaching certificate, which he used to student teach at North Rowan High School.
Early political career
McCrory ran successfully for Charlotte city council in 1989, and he subsequently won two more elections to that position. From 1993-95, McCrory served as Mayor Pro Tem of the city, and in 1995, he was elected mayor. McCrory served seven terms as mayor—a record. McCrory served the longest term of any Charlotte mayor, and he finished his last term in 2009.
McCrory was the Republican nominee for Governor of North Carolina in 2008, and he lost narrowly to the Democrat candidate.
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. Despite the conservative descisions he would make, McCrory campaigned as a relative moderate.
Legislation signed and supported
McCrory successfully reformed North Carolina, creating jobs and savings.
While 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. 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.
Not only was McCrory a fiscal conservative in his taxation policy, but also with his spending policy. 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.(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.(p.2) These reforms have helped grow the economy and led to the state's reduction o unemployment faster than the national average.(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).(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.(p.3)
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