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Daniel G. Clodfelter (born June 2, 1950) is an American politician and attorney from North Carolina. 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.

Dan Clodfelter
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57th Mayor of Charlotte
In office
April 9, 2014 – December 7, 2015
Preceded byMichael Barnes (as Mayor Pro Tempore/Acting Mayor)
Succeeded byJennifer Roberts
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 37th district
In office
January 1999 – April 8, 2014
Succeeded byJeff Jackson[1]
Personal details
Born (1950-06-02) June 2, 1950 (age 69)
Thomasville, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceCharlotte, North Carolina
Alma materDavidson College
Oxford University
Yale Law School


Education and legal careerEdit

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, where he was a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

In 1972 and was named a Rhodes Scholar and 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 1977-78, after which he entered private practice in Charlotte.

Political careerEdit

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 CharlotteEdit

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] He ran for a full term in 2015 but was defeated in the primary by Jennifer Roberts.

Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Cannon
Mayor of Charlotte
Succeeded by
Jennifer Roberts


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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ WFAE Radio
  2. ^ a b c d "Dan Clodfelter selected as Charlotte's new mayor". WGHP. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Dan Clodfelter has what Charlotte needs", Charlotte Observer (Our View), 1 April 2014
  4. ^ Charlotte Observer
  5. ^ "Dan Clodfelter selected as mayor of Charlotte". WBTV. Retrieved 8 April 2014.