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Since 2011, R. Andrew Murray has proudly served as the elected District Attorney of North Carolina’s 26th Prosecutorial District, which covers all of Mecklenburg County. A 35-year United States Coast Guardsman and a senior attorney who has been practicing law in Mecklenburg County since 1992, DA Murray has considerable knowledge and experience in leadership and criminal law.

Andrew enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1980, after graduating from high school. He served six years on active duty as an aviation electronic technician and helicopter flight crewman. Following his active duty service, Andrew attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in political science. He then earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Andrew began his law career in 1992 at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, where he served as an Assistant District Attorney, working on several special prosecution teams. Doing so provided Andrew with a breadth of knowledge and insight on the complexities of the office, as well as firsthand knowledge of the difficult issues that must be addressed on a daily basis as the District Attorney of Mecklenburg County.

Following his service as an Assistant District Attorney, Andrew formed a two-person firm with an experienced attorney and focused his practice on criminal law. Three years later, Andrew joined another law firm as an equity partner and later became a managing partner. In his role as managing partner, Andrew successfully led an office that handled an average caseload of 4,400 cases per year. Andrew focused his private practice on litigation matters affecting Charlotte and the surrounding Mecklenburg County area.

But Andrew’s passion for public service and desire to help the community led him back to the District Attorney’s Office. He was elected as District Attorney in 2010 and took office on January 1, 2011. He ran unopposed for reelection in 2014 and is currently serving in his second term in office. As District Attorney, Andrew leads a team of public servants who work to seek justice and protect the community. He has focused his efforts on innovative strategies and partnerships to ensure that Mecklenburg County’s cases are efficiently and effectively prosecuted. Andrew has connected his prosecutors with training provided by nationally-recognized experts, and he consistently works with his fellow judicial officials in the local criminal justice system to develop programs and policies that benefit the entire system.

Andrew has also established himself as a leader in the state and national prosecutorial communities. He has been a member of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys’ executive committee, and he was elected by his peers to serve as the Conference’s president from 2015 to 2016. N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin tapped Andrew to join the N.C. Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, a multidisciplinary commission that undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the state’s judicial system in order to make recommendations to strengthen the courts. Andrew is also a member of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Major County Prosecutors Council, a group of district attorneys from across the nation who work together to tackle challenges faced by prosecutors.

Even while practicing as an attorney in Mecklenburg County, Andrew continued to serve his country through the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in 1989, Andrew was selected for the Coast Guard Reserve Officer Candidate Program. Successfully completing the program that year, Andrew became a commissioned officer. Over the years, he displayed exemplary performance in a multitude of positions, including acting as the Senior Reserve Officer for the Coast Guard sectors located on the western rivers and as Coast Guard Sector Charleston's Senior Reserve Officer. In these roles, he was responsible for leading a reserve force of hundreds of members. Another assignment was in Washington, D.C., where he served as a Senior Analyst with the Coast Guard Department of Counter Terrorism and Defense Strategies. After 35 years of service, Andrew retired from the Coast Guard in 2016 as a Captain (O-6).

Andrew and his family are active members of Lake Norman Baptist Church. He and his wife, Pam, have been married for more than 30 years and have three children and two grandchildren.
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