Patsy Kinsey became Charlotte’s second female Mayor after being appointed to the office by her colleagues on City Council to serve out the remaining term of former Mayor Anthony Foxx from July to December 2013.
Foxx had resigned his post as Mayor to serve as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
At the time she was appointed Mayor, Kinsey was serving in her fifth term as a member of City Council from District 1, and returned to her District 1 seat following her tenure as Mayor.
A native Charlottean, Kinsey attended Charlotte Central High School and served two terms on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners from 1990 to 1994. Over the course of her career, she served in leadership roles for a number of organizations including the National League of Cities, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, YWCA, Levine Museum of the New South, and Charlotte Historic District Commission.
Kinsey has three children and three grandchildren.
During her Administration
As Mayor, Kinsey worked to improve the lives of Charlotte’s LGBT residents, becoming the first Charlotte mayor to issue a “Charlotte Pride Weekend” proclamation and the first to join the “Mayors for Freedom to Marry” movement. In the wake of anti-gay violence in Voronezh, Kinsey convened a meeting with MeckPAC, the State Department, Human Rights Watch, and others to discuss Charlotte’s sister-city relationship with the Russian city.
At the same time, Kinsey also worked to improve life for Charlotte’s immigrant and multicultural residents by sponsoring a resolution, adopted by Council, to create an inter-agency task force to examine immigration issues in Charlotte. The Task Force was charged with looking for ways to help immigrants better integrate into Charlotte’s education system, neighborhoods, and businesses.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public art ordinance, Kinsey announced a new partnership between the City, the Public Art Commission, and the Arts and Science Council to promote public art in Charlotte’s neighborhoods. Under the “Neighborhoods in Creative pARTnership” program, the City pledged $118,000 to help fund five public art grants that neighborhoods throughout Charlotte could compete to win.
During her time as Mayor, Kinsey also led the City’s fight against legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that proposed to remove Charlotte Douglas International Airport from City control. While the City challenged the bill in court, Kinsey made sure the airport continued to operate smoothly and joined other hub city mayors in urging the U.S Justice Department to settle its lawsuit with US Airways and American Airlines over their proposed merger, which Justice ultimately did. At the close of Kinsey’s tenure as Mayor, the City was still in the midst of its legal challenge to the General Assembly’s bill, but Charlotte Douglas remained under City control.