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Patrick McCrory 1995-2009
Mayor McCrory was the first seven-term Mayor in the history of the City of Charlotte, setting a record as the City's longest-serving Mayor.

Mayor McCrory began his political career in Charlotte in 1989 when he was elected as an At-Large City Council representative in his first run for an elected office. He was reelected in both 1991 and 1993, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 1993 until first elected Mayor in 1995.
Mayor McCrory has distinguished himself as a leader in public safety, economic development, housing and transportation.  He has been recognized nationally for his leadership in developing Charlotte's 25-year transportation and land use plan, including his efforts to secure $200 million in federal funds for light rail in Charlotte. Also, $2 billion in local and state road improvements have been made throughout the city over the past decade.

Personal:
The Mayor has testified before Congress and has been a guest on several national media broadcasts, including National Public Radio, ABC World News, Lehrer News Hour, CBS This Morning, MSNBC News, CNN, CNBC and Fox News, among others.

Mayor McCrory graduated from Catawba College in 1978 with a B.A. degree in Political Science/ Education. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Catawba College and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the school in 2001.  In January 2008, the Mayor left his employment with Duke Energy Corporation to enter the race for Governor.

He is married to Ann Gordon McCrory.

During his Administration:
During McCrory's time as mayor, the City population has grown by 20%, 200,000 jobs have been created, and he led the effort to recruit such companies as TIAA-CREF, General Dynamics Armament, The Westin Hotel, and Johnson & Wales Culinary School. He was also instrumental in Charlotte being selected as the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the development of the new Charlotte Arena and the U.S. Whitewater Center. In 2005, Money Magazine listed Charlotte in its Top 3 Best Places to Live and Reader's Digest named it one of the 20 Cleanest Cities in America.

Charlotte's overall quality of life has been impacted through the Mayor's efforts to establish a Residential Tree Ordinance, which requires developers to save 10% of the trees in every residential development, the establishment of a Sidewalk Policy that requires sidewalks in every new subdivision and provides funding for sidewalks in neighborhood without them, and he worked to integrate Bike lanes in the City's transportation policy; establishing 42 miles of bike lanes throughout the city. The Mayor founded the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance in 1995 and had has personally served as a Mentor to two youth. In 2008, Charlotte was named a "100 Best Communities for Youth" by America's Promise for the third year.

Mayor McCrory is involved in many national organizations. He serves as Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Environment Committee and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Homeland Security Advisory Committee in October 2003. He served as president of the Republican Mayors and Local Officials (RMLO) organization and was the Founding Chair for the North Carolina Metropolitan Coalition, a group of the state's 25 large-city Mayors.

The Mayor has testified before Congress and has been a guest on several national media broadcasts, including National Public Radio, ABC World News, Lehrer News Hour, CBS This Morning, MSNBC News, CNN, CNBC and Fox News, among others.