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GOP chooses new leadership for North Carolina Senate, House

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November 29, 2010

RALEIGH, North Carolina: For the first time in over 100 years, Republicans took control of both the North Carolina State Senate and House. The flip in partisan control will lead to new leadership in both chambers when the 2011 session begins in January.

Senate Republicans chose Phil Berger for the top position of President Pro Tempore. Berger, who served as minority leader in 2010, did not face any opposition. He still needs to be elected by the full Senate, but as the Republicans hold a commanding majority, it will most likely be more of a formality.[1]

Additionally, Senate Republicans picked Harry Brown for majority leader, James Forrester as deputy president pro tempore, Jerry W. Tillman as majority whip, Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. as caucus secretary, and Jean Preston as liaison to the House Republican caucus.

Over in the House, Republicans selected Thom Tillis as Speaker. Tillis, a former PTA president, has served in the House for four years,[2] and was minority whip during the 2009-2010 session.

Tillis won out over current minority leader Paul Stam, who was selected as majority leader. Dale Folwell was picked as speaker pro tem.[3]

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