Dan Clodfelter

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Dan Clodfelter
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57th Mayor of Charlotte
Assumed office
April 9, 2014
Preceded by Michael Barnes (as Mayor Pro Tempore/Acting Mayor)
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 37th district
In office
January 1999 – April 8, 2014
Succeeded by Jeff Jackson[1]
Personal details
Born (1950-06-02) June 2, 1950 (age 64)
Thomasville, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina
Alma mater Davidson College
Yale University
Occupation Attorney

Daniel G. "Dan" Clodfelter (born June 2, 1950) is a North Carolina politician and attorney. He served as a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the State's thirty-seventh Senate district, which includes constituents in Mecklenburg County, from January 1999 through April 8, 2014, when he resigned after being appointed Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Education and legal career[edit]

Clodfelter was born in Thomasville, North Carolina and graduated from Thomasville Senior High School, after attending one of the first sessions of the Governor's School of North Carolina in 1966.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1972 and was named a Rhodes Scholar. Clodfelter earned another bachelor's degree from Oxford University in 1974. He then attended the Yale Law School, earning his law degree in 1977. Clodfelter served as a law clerk for Judge James B. McMillan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of N.C. from 1977 to 1978, after which he entered private practice in Charlotte with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC. He has been with the firm ever since.

Political career[edit]

Clodfelter served as a member of the Charlotte City Council, representing District One (East Charlotte) from 1987 to 1993. Clodfelter was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1998 and for many years served as Co-Chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and as Vice Chair of the Judiciary One Committee. Clodfelter has been a Trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation since 1982.[2]

Mayor of Charlotte[edit]

After Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned from his office on 26 March 2014, several members of the Charlotte City Council expressed their support for Clodfelter to fill out Cannon's term. His appointment as mayor was endorsed by the Charlotte Observer.[3][4] On April 7, 2014, the City Council appointed Clodfelter as Mayor. He resigned as a member of the North Carolina Senate on April 8, and was sworn in as mayor of Charlotte on April 9.[2][5] Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes said that Clodfelter indicated he would not run for a full term as mayor in 2015.[6]


Daniel Clodfelter is married to Elizabeth K. Bevan; they have two adult children.[2]