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NC lawmakers greeted by another newcomer: McCrory

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The leadership for the new North Carolina General Assembly session is now set.

The House convened at midday Wednesday and elected Rep. Thom Tillis of Cornelius as speaker for a second two-year term. There were no other candidates for the job. Rep. Paul Stam of Apex also was elected speaker pro tempore by a voice vote.

The Senate met earlier Wednesday and chose Sen. Phil Berger of Eden for another two years as Senate leader and Sen. Louis Pate of Mount Olive as deputy Senate leader.

New Gov. Pat McCrory sat in the gallery of each chamber to watch the proceedings.

The Legislature will adjourn its one-day organizational session and return Jan. 30 to begin the legislative year in earnest.

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