Patrick "Pat" McCrory (born October 17, 1956) is currently the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the longest-serving mayor in Charlotte history. McCrory was elected for a seventh term as mayor in 2007 but announced in 2008 that he would not seek an eighth term. He was the Republican nominee for Governor of North Carolina in the 2008 general election, and was defeated by then-Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue.
McCrory was born in Ohio but grew up in Jamestown, North Carolina, and attended Ragsdale High School, where he served as Student Body President. McCrory graduated from Catawba College in 1978 with a B.A. in political science and education. After graduation, McCrory worked with Duke Energy Corporation in various management positions.
In 2001, McCrory's alma mater, Catawba College, awarded him an honorary doctorate degree.