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Nov. 6: Pat McCrory defeats Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to become North Carolina's 74th governor. He is the first Republican elected governor in North Carolina since 1988.

Dec. 13: McCrory announces the selection of John Skvarla as Secretary of Natural Resources, Dr. Aldona Wos as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Thomas Stith as Chief of Staff.

Dec. 20: McCrory names Art Pope as Deputy Budget Director, Lyons Gray as Secretary of Revenue, Kieran Shanahan as Secretary of Public Safety and Susan Kluttz as Secretary of Cultural Resources.

Jan. 3: McCrory appoints former Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata as his Secretary of Transportation. He also names former Rep. Bill Daughtridge as his Secretary of Administration and Sharon Decker as Secretary of Commerce. 

Jan. 12: McCrory is sworn in by Chief Justice Sarah Parker during the inaugural ceremony at the State Capitol in Raleigh.

Jan. 29: McCrory advocates for vocational training in an interview with former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett and questions the ability of liberal arts in the university system to produce jobs.

Feb. 6: McCrory announces, with NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, that Nash Building Systems will reinvest and expand in North Carolina.

Feb. 14: McCrory teams up with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to ask Sally Jewell, the Interior Secretary Designate, and the Obama Administration about the possibility of oil and gas exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf adjoining their states. The governors claimed energy production would create 140,000 jobs in the next 20 years. Environmentalists oppose any seismic exploration of the area.

Feb. 18: McCrory signs his first bill as governor in Asheboro: Senate Bill 14 to Increase Access to Career and Technical Education. He stated this bill will help fulfill one of his major campaign platforms, to provide multiple paths to success in North Carolina schools.

Feb. 18: McCrory delivers his first State of the State address in the House Chambers at the State Legislature Building in Raleigh. He emphasizes his focus on the economy, education and government efficiency. The Democratic response criticizes the absence of specific plans for bringing in new jobs and cutting taxes.

Feb. 19: McCrory signs his second bill as governor in his State Capitol office: Senate Bill 4. This unemployment bill plans to accelerate the repayment of the $2.5 billion owed the federal government by the state of North Carolina by cutting maximum weekly jobless payments from $535 to $350 and the maximum number of weeks receiving benefits from 26 to 12-20. 

Feb. 22: WNCN political reporter Kim Genardo named McCrory Administration's Director of Communications.

March 6: Signs four bills into law, including a measure that prevents the state for now from participating in parts of the federal health care overhaul. He also signed:

* House Bill 66, which amends the law providing captivity licenses and permits by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

* House Bill 5, which provides temporary financial assistance to group homes and special care units.

* House Bill 19, which strengthens the laws against disorderly conduct at funerals of veterans.

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