Raleigh, NC- The North Carolina General Assembly gaveled in the start the 2017 long session Wednesday January 11th in order to formally organize the legislative session. The Honorable Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) was elected to continue serving as Speaker of the House, Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry) was elected to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore, and James White was selected to serve the House as Principal Clerk. With official House positions nominated, seconded and elected by the body, Speaker Tim Moore appointed the first committee assignments of the 2017 Legislative Session by appointing Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) as Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.
Rep. David Lewis served during the 2015-16 session as Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House and was recently reelected to the North Carolina House. Lewis has been one of the lead negotiators on several issues during the 2015-16 session, such as tax reform changes, election law reform, the appropriations act, and all issues dealing with redistricting. Lewis's role as a lead negotiator for the House and facilitator for the movement of legislation through the House is historically similar to the roles of past Rules Chairmen.
“I could not be more grateful for all those who have been a part of the journey to get me where I am today. I’m humbled by the support of my family, my friends, and the people of Harnett County for allowing me to continue to serve them in Raleigh. There is so much to get done to ensure that Harnett County is competitively positioned to succeed in the areas of economic development, education, and healthcare outcomes. We also have much to accomplish to ensure that homelessness in our schools is adequately addressed and that those suffering from mental illnesses are able to access the treatment they so desperately need. I am hopefully optimistic that we can find solutions to these issues," Lewis said after he was sworn in to his eighth term in the North Carolina House.
Lewis also said this about continuing in his role as the Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House, “I enjoy working with members to help them succeed. This role allows me to strongly advocate for the people of Harnett County, and while doing so aide other members of the General Assembly to improve the lives of their constituents through sound and prudent legislation. I am excited to once again serve under the leadership of Speaker Tim Moore, and will continue to be an advocate for his vision of a more prosperous and vibrant North Carolina."
Rep. David R. Lewis is serving his eighth term in the North Carolina House and has been named as the Chairman of the Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House Committee. He is a farmer and businessman who resides in Dunn with his wife Michelle, and three children David Ray, Henry, and Tillie.