North Carolina’s new Governor is former Mayor of Charlotte

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The Republican Pat McCrory is the state’s 74th governor. He stepped into office on January 5th 2013, taking over as only the third Republican governor of North Carolina in a century and marking a dramatic turn to red in state politics.
McCrory was sworn in at the old Senate chambers in the State Capitol, with Democrat Beverly Perdue passing power to him.

McCrory is being joined in office by new Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, another Republican.
Nine of North Carolina’s 13 Congressional seats are held by Republicans, including new member George Holding in the 13th District. The House and Senate convene Wednesday, and Republicans will have big majorities in both. The House includes 77 Republicans and 43 Democrats. The Senate includes 33 Republicans and 16 Democrats. The Senate has to fill the seat of Democrat Ed Jones, who died Dec. 14, 2012.

Pat McCrory completed his Cabinet on Thursday:

Tony Tata, Raleigh – Secretary of Transportation

Experience: He served as chief operating officer at the District of Columbia school system and spent 28 years in the military, retiring as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army.

Bill Daughtridge, Rocky Mount – Secretary of Administration

Experience: Served as a Republican in the N.C. House from 2002-2008, at one point as a committee chairman. He also acted as an unpaid senior policy adviser to Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis for two years and served on the UNC Board of Governors. He runs his family’s oil and gas business.

Sharon Decker, Rutherfordton – Secretary of Commerce

Experience: Spent 17 years at Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy, where she was the youngest and first female vice president. She worked at various community organizations and served as Charlotte Chamber president in 1998.

Susan Kluttz, Salisbury – Secretary of Cultural Resources

Experience: A Salisbury City Council member and 14-year Democratic mayor who lost her post in November 2011 after issuing a controversial proclamation declaring a gay pride day. Along with McCrory, she co-founded the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition in 2001.

Kieran Shanahan, Raleigh – Secretary of Public Safety

Experience: A former assistant U.S. attorney in North Carolina and Georgia, he serves on the East Carolina University board of trustees. Now in private practice, he takes high-profile cases, including two legal actions against the N.C. Democratic Party.

Lyons Gray, Winston-Salem – Secretary of Revenue

Experience: A Republican member of the N.C. House for 14 years. Served as chairman of the House Finance Committee. He recently worked as a senior adviser to the president of the UNC system and spent four years as chief financial officer at the federal Environmental Protection Agency during President George W. Bush’s second term.

Dr. Aldona Wos, Greensboro – Secretary of Health and Human Services

Experience: Born in Poland, Wos came to the United States for a medical fellowship, working in private practice and for hospitals in New York and North Carolina. A major GOP donor, she was appointed by Bush to serve as U.S. ambassador to Estonia in 2004. She was a campaign co-chair for McCrory and serves on the UNC Board of Governors.

John Skvarla, Raleigh – Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources

Experience: Chief executive officer for Restoration Systems, an environmental firm that works with businesses and developers. Experience includes working as an investment banker, a senior partner at a law firm in Raleigh and chief operating officer at an airline cargo company.

Author: Melanie Schmitz – Rechtsreferendarin Charlotte Office

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