RALEIGH, N.C. — Pat McCrory was officially sworn in as North Carolina’s governor on Saturday during a brief, low-key ceremony.
Chief Justice Sarah Parker administered the oath of office to the former Charlotte mayor shortly after noon in the House chambers of the old Capitol building.
“Our goal was not get a title,” McCrory said, according to the Associated Press. “Our goal was to lead… and serve with a purpose, and that is what we will begin doing today.”
McCrory is the first Republican governor in 20 years since Jim Martin, and the party now controls both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since 1870.
The GOP also has expanded majorities in the General Assembly after gaining control of both chambers in 2010.
Lexington Barbecue owner Rick Monk said McCrory stopped by his restaurant several times during the past few months.
“He was very humble he talked to everybody, he introduced his self to everybody he acted like no one knew who he was,” Monk said.
Executive Director Mike Picarelli of the Guilford County Republican Party said McCrory’s push for the economy will be a focus throughout the state and his home county, Guilford County.
Picarelli said he hopes McCrory can close the unemployment gap in North Carolina, with unemployment being 9.1 percent in Guilford County.