Pittenger fought to cut spending

Since his arrival in the legislature in 2003, Robert Pittenger has been a high-visibility, high-energy lawmaker who has been effective in calling attention to his conservative agenda – reducing government, banning same-sex marriages, fighting illegal immigration.

Pittenger, a 59-year-old Charlotte real estate executive, has focused much of his attention on ways to reduce the size of government. On a committee evaluating government programs, he identified $1.5 billion in cuts and savings.