Moore elected NC House speaker as General Assembly opens

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has convened its new two-year session and House members have quickly elected Kings Mountain attorney Tim Moore as speaker.

The Senate and House gaveled in their respective chambers Wednesday morning, but briefly delayed activities for their one-day organizational session in part because of the wintry weather.

The House got to work first and chose Moore to lead the chamber. Moore had no opposition and was the choice of Republicans who now control 74 of the 120 seats.

Sen. Phil Berger was expected to be elected to a third term as Senate leader. The GOP holds 34 of the Senate’s 50 seats.

After Wednesday, lawmakers don’t return to Raleigh until Jan. 28, when they’ll begin filing bills and debating in earnest.

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