Phipps at Dirksen Senate Office Building After Meetings with NC Senators

About GregPhipps

I am a husband, father and long-time citizen of Charlotte having moved from my hometown, Richmond, VA in January 1998.  I am a graduate of Hampton University, and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  My thesis focused on large bank culture integration and is titled Corporate Culture – The Realities of Life After Merger and Acquisition.”  I have been married to my beautiful wife, Lemair going on 34 years and we have 3 adult children that graduated from CMS schools. We attend and are volunteer servant leaders at Freedom House Church in Charlotte where we have been members since the formation of the church 16 years ago. 

My foray into Charlotte politics was thrust upon me during my neighborhood’s hosting of National Night Out activities in August 2004.  A council member was contemplating a run for the NC State Senate, and he asked me to consider an appointment to fill his unexpired 10-month term.  As a federal employee at the time, Hatch Act provisions allowed my appointment, but prohibited an actual run for the position in a partisan election. I was appointed District 4 Charlotte City Council Member on January 24, 2005.  After my retirement from the U.S. Treasury Department in April 2013, I pursued election to my former district 4 seat and won after a hard-fought campaign in the primary, a subsequent runoff, and the fall general election.

During my nearly five years in public office, I continually demonstrate my commitment to northeast Charlotte neighborhoods and the broader Charlotte community by being strongly engaged, well-prepared, and genuinely responsive. I take a pragmatic approach to the issues, approaching each with an open mind, and a willingness to listen and consider opposing views without regard to political ideology.

Highlighted below is a sampling of my professional and civic engagement that demonstrates proven experience and leadership gained through career and sustained community service:

  • Retired national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency - U.S. Department of Treasury with varied assignments domestically and abroad;
  • Expert witness for U.S. Government for financial crimes perpetrated against national banks;
  • Past Member – Department of Justice Financial Crimes Task Force – Assistant United States Attorney Western District of North Carolina;
  • As City Council Budget Committee Chair, guided unanimous bipartisan approval of FY2018 $2.4 billion budget – a first in over 15-years of budget deliberations;
  • Vice Chair, Community Safety Committee;
  • CMS NorthStar 3rd grade reading program volunteer at Hidden Valley Elementary School (2016-2017);
  • Work closely with University City Connect, a partnership of business, faith, and civic leaders focused on meeting the needs of students and teachers at nine Title-I CMS schools in District 4;
  • Assisted Samaritan’s Feet in organizing Reconcile Charlotte, a community-wide healing outreach event in response to civil unrest after an officer-involved shooting last fall;
  • Joined the Mayor in hosting a 12-member delegation to five cities in China focusing on increased job creation and investment in the Charlotte region (spring 2017);
  • Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commissioner (2009-2013);
  • Member - Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO);
  • Addressed a special session of the NC General Assembly in support of increased funding for the criminal justice system (2007);
  • Worked vigorously to improve Norfolk-Southern rail safety crossings at Back Creek and McLean Road resulting in the first ever “Quiet Zone” designation in Charlotte;
  • Vice President & board member – Hidden Valley Optimist Club; Member of the Year (2015-2016)
  • Board member - Camino Community Development Corporation;
  • Democratic Precinct 204 organizer and past Secretary/Treasurer;
  • CMPD Citizen’s Academy Graduate (2006).


Old Cedars, New Cotton on the Phipps Farm in Rural Virginia

I respectfully ask for your support and your vote during this election cycle as I seek a third term on Charlotte City Council as your District 4 representative.

Thank you for electing me to a third-term on

Charlotte City Council!!!!

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