|N.C. Senator||N.C. Senate 39||Former|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|August 15, 1948||Dallas, TX||Charlotte, NC|
Robert Pittenger knows how to raise money. As an organizer with the Charlotte Foreign Policy Forum and the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, he held fundraisers with Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres and William Bennett, among other notables. Elected to the state Senate in 2002, he has served three terms. He announced in late 2007 that he would likely run for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. He defeated former Congressional candidate Greg Dority, industrial chemist Timothy Cook and former lieutenant governor candidate Jim Snyder in the May primary. He then resigned from the Senate to focus on his general election campaign, ultimately losing to state Sen. Walter Dalton.
He's traveled to 50 countries.
Robert Pittenger is a former state senator and a one-time candidate for lieutenant governor.
Early Life and Education
Robert Miller Pittenger was born Aug. 15, 1948, in Dallas, Texas.
He graduated from McCallum High School in Austin.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970.
He and his wife moved from Dallas to Charlotte in 1985.
He ran a marketing business called Mark 1 until 1989.
He then started the Robert Pittenger Co., a real estate investment firm that focuses on speculative land investments.
In 1995, he served as finance chairman for the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, arranging fundraisers with former Education Secretary William Bennett, among others.
He has also been active with the Charlotte Foreign Policy Forum, organizing events featuring Mikhail Gorbachev, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, former president Gerald Ford and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
In 1996, he planned to run for Mecklenburg County commissioner, but withdrew and returned $50,000 in donations after a death in the family.
In 2002, he was elected to the state Senate in District 40, beating seven-term incumbent T.L. (Fountain) Odom.
In 2004, his district was redrawn by the Democratic legislature to force him to face off against fellow Republican Sen. Bob Rucho. Although the new district included much of Rucho's territory, he chose to retire and Pittenger was elected to the new District 39 in Mecklenburg County.
He was re-elected in 2006.
Lt. Governor 2008
At that time, he ran television ads supporting an unsuccessful ballot measure to repeal a half-cent sales tax for transit in Mecklenburg County.
On May 27, Pittenger announced he was resigning from the state Senate to focus on his general election campaign. He said that he expected former state Sen. Bob Rucho, who was running to replace him, would be appointed to fill his seat.
He lost to state Sen. Walter Dalton, a Rutherfordton Democrat, in November.
|Real estate investor
Robert Pittenger Co.
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