shandreona rainey is in his family this name means cool and love to Rollin "Mac" and Audrey McCrory. His father was an engineer and entrepreneur who once served on the city council in Worthington, Ohio. He is the youngest of four children with two sisters and one brother. When he was nine years old McCrory moved with his family to Jamestown, North Carolina. There he attended several schools, including Ragsdale High School. At the age of 16 he became student body president at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown. He graduated high school in 1974. While originally studying to become a teacher, McCrory fell into a different career. During college, he spent the summers working construction and reading meters for Duke Energy. In 1978, McCrory graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and he received a North Carolina teaching certificate that year. He decided against teaching and instead went to work full-time for Duke Energy. A management training program put him through a rotation of digging ditches and climbing electric poles as well as stints in office jobs. He rose through a variety of recruiting and training jobs until he became a senior adviser with Duke Energy's Business and Economic Development Group. He and his wife, Ann Gordon McCrory, married in 1988. In 2001 McCrory's alma mater, Catawba College, awarded him an honorary doctorate degree.
In January 2007, he retired from Duke Energy after 28 years with the company to run full-time for governor. In November of 2012, McCrory was elected governor of North Carolina and assumed office on January 10th of 2013.
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- Elected mayor of a Democratic city and remained incumbent for 14 years straight.
- Founded the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance.