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North Carolina House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Thom Tillis, (R)
Majority Leader:   Edgar V. Starnes, (R)
Minority leader:   Larry Hall, (D)
Structure
Members:  120
   Democratic Party (

43)
Republican Party (

77)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art II, North Carolina Constitution
Salary:   $13,951/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (120 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (120 seats)
Redistricting:  North Carolina Legislature has control
The North Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly. The legislature meets at the State Capitol of Raleigh.

As of December 2012, North Carolina is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.

Membership

The House of Representatives consists of 120 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 79,462 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 67,078 residents.[2] The presiding officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House. The Speaker is elected by the members from their membership for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties include maintaining order in the House and appointing members to the House standing committees. [3]

Sessions

Section 11 of Article II of the North Carolina Constitution establishes that the North Carolina General Assembly, which the House is a part of, is to convene a new regular session every two years, and that the dates for these sessions are to be set by law. Sessions in the General Assembly of North Carolina last two years and begin on odd numbered years after elections. Sessions begin at noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January.[4]

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 9 through July 1 (estimated).

Major issues

With the GOP assuming a trifecta for the first time since 1898, leaders are looking to focus on tax reform, cutting government regulations and reshaping the state's public schools.[5]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House convened on May 16 and adjourned July 3.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 26 through mid June. [6] A special session dealing with redistricting began July 13 and ended July 28. The redistricting session covered more than just redistricting, with Republicans overriding five of Governor Perdue's vetoes. Some of the overturned vetoes include the Women's Right to Know Act and state regulatory overhaul. Democratic lawmakers achieved victory in sustaining the veto on the voter I.D. bill. [7]

A second special session was called for September 12 to consider constitutional amendments, including a potential ban on same-sex marriage.[7]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in session from May 12 to July 11. [8]

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives were held in North Carolina on November 6, 2012. All 120 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 29, 2012. The primary election day was May 8, 2012.

This chamber was mentioned in a November 2012 Pew Center on the States article that addressed supermajorities at stake in the 2012 election. Supermajority generally means a party controls two-thirds of all seats. While it varies from state to state, being in this position gives a party much greater power. Going into the election, Republicans in the North Carolina House have a solid majority and are seeking a supermajority.[9]

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of North Carolina's House of Representatives were held in North Carolina on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 26, 2010. The primary election day was May 4, 2010. The second primary election was held on June 22, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $17,390,203 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [10]

Qualifications

Article 2, Section 7 of the North Carolina Constitution states: Each Representative, at the time of his election, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the Governor is responsible for appointing a replacement[11] [12].

When making an appointment, the Governor must make the decision off a list of recommended candidates submitted by the political party committee that last held the vacant seat[13]. The appointment must be made within seven days of receiving a list of recommended candidates[12]. The person selected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term[12].

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in North Carolina

Redistricting is the responsibility of the State Legislature. The Governor does not hold veto power. North Carolina is one of 16 states whose maps require approval from the U.S. Department of Justice per the Voting Rights Act.

2010 census

North Carolina received its local census data on March 1, 2011, showing concentration of population and political power in cities, particularly Charlotte and Raleigh. The Republican-controlled redistricting process began proper on July 11, 2011, when Republicans released their proposed maps. Each chamber's final map passed through the General Assembly on July 27, 2011. The DOJ pre-cleared the plan on November 1, 2011, but lawsuits followed, as Democrats and community charged that Republicans had illegally packed black voters to weaken their voting power.

Representatives

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 43
     Republican Party 77
Total 120


District Map

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, members of the North Carolina House of Representatives are paid $13,951/year. Per diem is $104/day set by statute. Legislators are allowed up to $559/month for expenses.[14]

The $13,951/year that North Carolina representatives are paid as of 2010 is the same as they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem is also the same.[15]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

North Carolina legislators assume office the first day of the new General Assembly in January.

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected from among its membership.[16][17]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, North Carolina House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Thom Tillis Ends.png Republican
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Stam Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Leader Edgar V. Starnes Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip Michael Hager Ends.png Republican
State House Deputy Majority Whip Patricia McElraft Ends.png Republican
State House Deputy Majority Whip Jamie Boles Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Leader Ruth Samuelson Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader Larry Hall Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Minority Leader Michael Wray Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Minority Whip W. A. Wilkins Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Minority Whip Susan C. Fisher Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Minority Whip Rosa Gill Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Minority Whip Deborah K. Ross Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Minority Whip Marvin Lucas, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Bob Steinburg Ends.png Republican Elizabeth City
2 W. A. Wilkins Electiondot.png Democratic Creswell
3 Michael Speciale Ends.png Republican New Bern
4 James Dixon Ends.png Republican Pink Hill
5 Annie Mobley Electiondot.png Democratic Ahoskie
6 Paul Tine Electiondot.png Democratic Washington
7 Bobbie Richardson Electiondot.png Democratic Rocky Mount
8 Susan Martin Ends.png Republican Farmville
9 Brian Brown Ends.png Republican Grifton
10 John Bell Ends.png Republican Kinston
11 Duane Hall Electiondot.png Democratic Goldsboro
12 George Graham Electiondot.png Democratic Havelock
13 Patricia McElraft Ends.png Republican Emerald Isle
14 George Cleveland Ends.png Republican Jacksonville
15 Phillip Shepard Ends.png Republican Jacksonville
16 Chris Millis Ends.png Republican Hampstead
17 Frank Iler Ends.png Republican Oak Island
18 Susan Hamilton Electiondot.png Democratic Wilmington
19 Ted Davis, Jr. Ends.png Republican Wilmington
20 Rick Catlin Ends.png Republican Whiteville
21 Larry Bell Electiondot.png Democratic Clinton
22 William Brisson Electiondot.png Democratic Dublin
23 Joe Tolson Electiondot.png Democratic Pinetops
24 Jean Farmer-Butterfield Electiondot.png Democratic Wilson
25 Jeffrey Collins Ends.png Republican Rocky Mount
26 Namon Daughtry Ends.png Republican Smithfield
27 Michael Wray Electiondot.png Democratic Gaston
28 James Langdon, Jr. Ends.png Republican Angier
29 Larry Hall Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
30 Paul Luebke Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
31 Henry Michaux, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
32 Nathan Baskerville Electiondot.png Democratic Oxford
33 Rosa Gill Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
34 Deborah K. Ross Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
35 Chris Malone Ends.png Republican Raleigh
36 Nelson Dollar Ends.png Republican Cary
37 Paul Stam Ends.png Republican Apex
38 Yvonne Lewis Holley Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
39 Darren Jackson Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
40 Marilyn Avila Ends.png Republican Raleigh
41 Thomas Murry Ends.png Republican Raleigh
42 Marvin Lucas, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Spring Lake
43 Elmer Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic Fayetteville
44 Rick Glazier Electiondot.png Democratic Fayetteville
45 John Szoka Ends.png Republican Fayetteville
46 Ken Waddell Electiondot.png Democratic Laurinburg
47 Charles Graham Electiondot.png Democratic Pembroke
48 Garland Pierce Electiondot.png Democratic Wagram
49 Jim Fulghum Ends.png Republican Louisburg
50 Valerie Foushee Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
51 Michael Stone Ends.png Republican Sanford
52 Jamie Boles Ends.png Republican Southern Pines
53 David Lewis, Sr. Ends.png Republican Dunn
54 Deb McManus Electiondot.png Democratic Chapel Hill
55 Mark Brody Ends.png Republican Roxboro
56 Verla Insko Electiondot.png Democratic Chapel Hill
57 Pricey Harrison Electiondot.png Democratic Greensboro
58 Alma Adams Electiondot.png Democratic Greensboro
59 Jon Hardister Ends.png Republican Greensboro
60 Marcus Brandon Electiondot.png Democratic Greensboro
61 John Faircloth Ends.png Republican High Point
62 John Blust Ends.png Republican Greensboro
63 Stephen M. Ross Ends.png Republican Mebane
64 Dennis Riddell Ends.png Republican Snow Camp
65 Bert Jones Ends.png Republican Reidsville
66 Ken Goodman Electiondot.png Democratic Hamlet
67 Justin Burr Ends.png Republican Albemarle
68 D. Craig Horn Ends.png Republican Matthews
69 Dean Arp Ends.png Republican Monroe
70 Patricia Hurley Ends.png Republican Asheboro
71 Evelyn Terry Electiondot.png Democratic Winston-Salem
72 Edward Hanes, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Winston-Salem
73 Mark W. Hollo Ends.png Republican Kernersville
74 Debra Conrad Ends.png Republican Winston-Salem
75 Donny C. Lambeth Ends.png Republican Clemmons
76 Carl Ford Ends.png Republican Landis
77 Harry Warren Ends.png Republican Salisbury
78 Allen Ray McNeill Ends.png Republican Asheboro
79 Julia Howard Ends.png Republican Mocksville
80 Jerry Dockham Ends.png Republican Denton
81 Rayne Brown Ends.png Republican Lexington
82 Larry G. Pittman Ends.png Republican Concord
83 Linda Johnson Ends.png Republican Kannapolis
84 Rena W. Turner Ends.png Republican Spruce Pine
85 Josh Dobson Ends.png Republican Marion
86 Hugh Blackwell Ends.png Republican Valdese
87 Edgar V. Starnes Ends.png Republican Hickory
88 Rob Bryan Ends.png Republican Hiddenite
89 Mitchell Setzer Ends.png Republican Catawba
90 Sarah Stevens Ends.png Republican Mt. Airy
91 Bryan Holloway Ends.png Republican King
92 Charles Jeter Ends.png Republican Winston-Salem
93 Jonathan Jordan Ends.png Republican Blowing Rock
94 Jeffrey Elmore Ends.png Republican Wilkesboro
95 C. Robert Brawley Ends.png Republican Mooresville
96 Andy Wells Ends.png Republican Conover
97 Jason Saine Ends.png Republican Lincolnton
98 Thom Tillis Ends.png Republican Cornelius
99 Rodney Moore Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
100 Tricia Cotham Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
101 Beverly Earle Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
102 Becky Carney Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
103 William Brawley Ends.png Republican Matthews
104 Ruth Samuelson Ends.png Republican Charlotte
105 Jacqueline Schaffer Ends.png Republican Raleigh
106 Carla Cunningham Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
107 Kelly Alexander, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
108 John Torbett Ends.png Republican Belmont
109 Dana Bumgardner Ends.png Republican Gastonia
110 Kelly Hastings Ends.png Republican Dallas
111 Timothy K. Moore Ends.png Republican Shelby
112 Michael Hager Ends.png Republican Ellenboro
113 Chris Whitmire Ends.png Republican Bevard
114 Susan Fisher Electiondot.png Democratic Asheville
115 Nathan Ramsey Ends.png Republican Fairview
116 Timothy Moffitt Ends.png Republican Asheville
117 Charles McGrady Ends.png Republican Raleigh
118 Michele D. Presnell Ends.png Republican Mars Hill
119 Joe Sam Queen Electiondot.png Democratic Waynesville
120 Roger West Ends.png Republican Marble

2010 members

District Representative Party Residence
1 William Owens, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Elizabeth City
2 Timothy Spear Electiondot.png Democratic Creswell
3 Alice Underhill Electiondot.png Democratic New Bern
4 Russell Tucker Electiondot.png Democratic Pink Hill
5 Annie Mobley Electiondot.png Democratic Ahoskie
6 Arthur Williams Electiondot.png Democratic Washington
7 Angela Bryant Electiondot.png Democratic Rocky Mount
8 Edith Warren Electiondot.png Democratic Farmville
9 Marian McLawhorn Electiondot.png Democratic Grifton
10 Van Braxton Electiondot.png Democratic Kinston
11 Efton Sager Ends.png Republican Goldsboro
12 William Wainwright Electiondot.png Democratic Havelock
13 Patricia McElraft Ends.png Republican Emerald Isle
14 George Cleveland Ends.png Republican Jacksonville
15 William Grady Ends.png Republican Jacksonville
16 Carolyn Justice Ends.png Republican Hampstead
17 Frank Iler Ends.png Republican Oak Island
18 Sandra Hughes Electiondot.png Democratic Wilmington
19 Daniel McComas Ends.png Republican Wilmington
20 Dewey Hill Electiondot.png Democratic Whiteville
21 Larry Bell Electiondot.png Democratic Clinton
22 William Brisson Electiondot.png Democratic Dublin
23 Joe Tolson Electiondot.png Democratic Pinetops
24 Jean Farmer-Butterfield Electiondot.png Democratic Wilson
25 Randy Stewart Electiondot.png Democratic Rocky Mount
26 Namon Daughtry Ends.png Republican Smithfield
27 Michael Wray Electiondot.png Democratic Gaston
28 James Langdon, Jr. Ends.png Republican Angier
29 Larry Hall Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
30 Paul Luebke Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
31 Henry Michaux, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
32 James Crawford, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Oxford
33 Rosa Gill Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
34 Grier Martin Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
35 Jennifer Weiss Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
36 Nelson Dollar Ends.png Republican Cary
37 Paul Stam Ends.png Republican Apex
38 Deborah Ross Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
39 Darren Jackson Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
40 Marilyn Avila Ends.png Republican Raleigh
41 Chris Heagarty Electiondot.png Democratic Raleigh
42 Marvin Lucas, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Spring Lake
43 Elmer Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic Fayetteville
44 Diane Parfitt Electiondot.png Democratic Fayetteville
45 Rick Glazier Electiondot.png Democratic Fayetteville
46 Douglas Yongue Electiondot.png Democratic Laurinburg
47 Ronnie Sutton Electiondot.png Democratic Pembroke
48 Garland Pierce Electiondot.png Democratic Wagram
49 John May Electiondot.png Democratic Louisburg
50 Bill Faison Electiondot.png Democratic Durham
51 Jimmy Love, Sr. Electiondot.png Democratic Sanford
52 Jamie Boles Ends.png Republican Southern Pines
53 David Lewis, Sr. Ends.png Republican Dunn
54 Joe Hackney Electiondot.png Democratic Chapel Hill
55 W.A. Wilkins Electiondot.png Democratic Roxboro
56 Verla Insko Electiondot.png Democratic Chapel Hill
57 Mary Harrison Electiondot.png Democratic Greensboro
58 Alma Adams Electiondot.png Democratic Greensboro
59 Margaret Jeffus Electiondot.png Democratic Greensboro
60 Earl Jones Electiondot.png Democratic Greensboro
61 Laura Wiley Ends.png Republican High Point
62 John Blust Ends.png Republican Greensboro
63 Alice Bordsen Electiondot.png Democratic Mebane
64 Dan Ingle Ends.png Republican Burlington
65 Nelson Cole Electiondot.png Democratic Reidsville
66 Melanie Goodwin Electiondot.png Democratic Hamlet
67 Justin Burr Ends.png Republican Albemarle
68 Curtis Blackwood Ends.png Republican Matthews
69 Frank McGuirt Electiondot.png Democratic Wadesboro
70 Patricia Hurley Ends.png Republican Asheboro
71 Larry Womble Electiondot.png Democratic Winston-Salem
72 Earline Parmon Electiondot.png Democratic Winston-Salem
73 Larry Brown Ends.png Republican Kernersville
74 Dale Folwell Ends.png Republican Winston-Salem
75 William McGee Ends.png Republican Clemmons
76 Fred Steen, II Ends.png Republican Landis
77 Lorene Coates Electiondot.png Democratic Salisbury
78 Harold Brubaker Ends.png Republican Asheboro
79 Julia Howard Ends.png Republican Mocksville
80 Jerry Dockham Ends.png Republican Denton
81 Hugh Holliman Electiondot.png Democratic Lexington
82 Jeffrey Barnhart Ends.png Republican Concord
83 Linda Johnson Ends.png Republican Kannapolis
84 Phillip Frye Ends.png Republican Spruce Pine
85 Mitch Gillespie Ends.png Republican Marion
86 Hugh Blackwell Ends.png Republican Valdese
87 Edgar V. Starnes Ends.png Republican Hickory
88 Ray Warren Electiondot.png Democratic Hiddenite
89 Mitchell Setzer Ends.png Republican Catawba
90 Sarah Stevens Ends.png Republican Mt. Airy
91 Bryan Holloway Ends.png Republican King
92 Darrell McCormick Ends.png Republican Winston-Salem
93 Cullie Tarleton Electiondot.png Democratic Blowing Rock
94 Shirley Randleman Ends.png Republican Wilkesboro
95 Grey Mills, Jr. Ends.png Republican Mooresville
96 Mark Hilton Ends.png Republican Conover
97 Johnathan Rhyne Ends.png Republican Lincolnton
98 Thom Tillis Ends.png Republican Cornelius
99 Nick Mackey Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
100 Patricia Cotham Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
101 Beverly Earle Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
102 Becky Carney Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
103 Jim Gulley Ends.png Republican Matthews
104 Ruth Samuelson Ends.png Republican Charlotte
105 Ric Killian Ends.png Republican Raleigh
106 Martha Alexander Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
107 Kelly Alexander, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
108 Wil Neumann Ends.png Republican Belmont
109 William A. Current, Sr. Ends.png Republican Gastonia
110 Pearl Burris Floyd Ends.png Republican Dallas
111 Timothy K. Moore Ends.png Republican Shelby
112 Bob England Electiondot.png Democratic Ellenboro
113 W. David Guice Ends.png Republican Bevard
114 Susan Fisher Electiondot.png Democratic Asheville
115 Patricia Keever Electiondot.png Democratic
116 Jane Whilden Electiondot.png Democratic Asheville
117 Carolyn Justus Ends.png Republican Raleigh
118 Ray Rapp Electiondot.png Democratic Mars Hill
119 Robert Phillip Haire Electiondot.png Democratic Sylva
120 Roger West Ends.png Republican Marble

Standing committees

The North Carolina house has 19 standing committees, and an additional 12 standing subcommittees:

External links

References