Representative Tim Moore of Cleveland County was elected by acclamation this morning to serve as the next Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Speaker Moore succeeds Thom Tillis, who was elected last fall to serve in the United States Senate.
“It is a high honor to stand before you today having been elected to lead this distinguished chamber — I am deeply humbled and truly grateful,” said Speaker Moore. “With a spirit of gratitude, I would like to thank my family for all the support they have provided to me along the way. I also congratulate each one of my colleagues on being elected to faithfully serve their constituents.”
Speaker Moore is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Juris Doctor law degree from Oklahoma City University. He is an attorney admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of North Carolina representing clients throughout the region. Speaker Moore practiced with the law firm of Flowers, Martin, Moore & Ditz from 1995 to 2009, when he left the firm and opened his own practice. He was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2002 and since that time has served in countless leadership positions, most recently as Chairman of the powerful Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (the “Rules Committee”).
Representative David Lewis of Harnett County will serve as Rules Committee Chairman for the 2015-2016 Biennium.
Representative Paul Stam of Wake County was elected to serve once again as Speaker Pro-Tem, a position he’s held since 2013. Representative Stam is currently serving his eighth term in the North Carolina House of Representatives; he was first elected in 1989 and then again in 2003. He has served as the House Republican Leader (2007-2010) and House Majority Leader (2011-2012).
Representative Mike Hager of Rutherford County, the incoming House Majority Leader, announced the Republican majority’s leadership team: Representative John Bell (Wayne County) will serve as House Majority Whip; Representative Marilyn Avila (Wake County) will serve as Deputy Majority Leader; Representative Charles Jeter (Mecklenburg County) will serve as Majority Conference Chair; Representative Pat Hurley (Randolph County) will serve as Joint Caucus Leader; Representative John Fraley (Iredell County) will serve as Republican Freshman Leader; and Representative John Bradford (Mecklenburg County) will serve as the Republican Freshman Whip.
In addition, Minority Leader Larry Hall of Durham County announced the Democrat Caucus leadership team: Representative Susan Fisher (Buncombe County) will serve as deputy minority leader; Representative Grier Martin (Wake County) and Representative Garland Pierce (Hoke County) will serve as minority conference co-chairs; Representative Micky Michaux (Durham County) and Representative Michael Wray (Gaston County) will serve as legislative liaisons.
The House unanimously re-elected Denise Weeks to continue to serve as House Principal Clerk for the 2015-16 session.
“I believe we all have a heartfelt desire to make our communities and our state even better,” continued Speaker Moore. “I believe we all come here and take our oath of office with exactly that in mind — how we can make our state better. I encourage my colleagues to listen to their constituents and take action. We have governed in a bi-partisan manner in the past and will continue to do so. Our work is set out before us, but we are on the right path forward. We are here to govern — we are here to make our state even better — and we can and must heed that call.”
The North Carolina National Guard Color Guard (consisting of two flag bearers and two honor guards) gave the Presentation of Colors, the opening prayer was given by Representative John Torbett (Gaston County), the Pledge of Allegiance was given by former Rep. Jack Hunt of Cleveland County, and the National Anthem was sung by Miss North Carolina 2008, Amanda Watson Bailey. To watch video of today’s proceedings, please visit WRAL’s website.
The House adjourned at 11am and will reconvene on Wednesday, January 28th at 12 noon.