Natural Gas Drilling

Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) is an issue in play in North Carolina that has support on both sides of the aisle, dating back to even the Perdue administration. I am sure that many of you have seen the ads that have been running referencing myself, as well as Senators Rabin and Barefoot. The short piece of propoganda […]

Ensuring Integrity in Elections

Last year, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive law to require a photo ID at the polls and reform North Carolina’s outdated election code. It is important to also point out that adding some form of voter ID is a measure supported by 65% of North Carolinians. We crafted these reforms to help provide transparency […]

Surveyor’s Banquet

Last month, I was asked to attend and speak at the North Carolina Society of Surveyor’s anniversary banquet.  I worked with surveyor’s throughout the past session mainly in the legislation for Senate Bill 9, The Utilities/Design/Survey Location Services Bill. One of my mantras as a legislator has been making sure that all concerned or involved […]

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Transportation

Last week, I was appointed by leadership to be co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Transportation. Over the past few years as a state legislator, I have done a great deal of work with the Department of Transportation in Cumberland County. Helping communities resolve these complicated and delicate issues is something that […]

Visit to Gray’s Creek High Scool

On February 26th, I was invited to Gray’s Creek High School to speak with students, talk with teachers and tour the school. It was a great experience seeing the facilities and speaking with teachers and students about various issues in public education. I also spoke with students about the responsibilities and duties that I have […]

World Speech Contest at C. Wayne Collier Elementary

On Tuesday, February 25th, I was asked to be a judge for the World Speech Contest at C. Wayne Collier Elementary. I was also given a tour of the school by Principal Rose Ferguson and Assistant Principal Chad McClamb. This was a great event that I truly enjoyed being a part of. All of the […]

National Conference of Insurance Legislators

In a press release from the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), I was named as the representative on behalf of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) for their position on the Advisory Council of the NCOIL.  From their press release, “NCOIL is an organization of state legislators whose main area of public policy […]

GIC Legislator of the Year Award

On January 22nd, I had the honor of attending the Green Industry Council (GIC) Reception and Annual Meeting. At this event, I was awarded the Green Industry Council’s Legislator of the Year award. This prestigious award recognizes the North Carolina Legislator that has been diligent, thoughtful and sincere in advocating for, protecting and promoting small businesses […]

Increases for Entry Level Teacher Pay

Over the past few months I, along with my senate colleagues, have worked towards reforming education in our state. I have worked for changes; North Carolina needs to be competitive with other states in entry level teacher pay. Today, Governor McCrory, the Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger, and the Speaker of the House, Thom […]

NC Home Builder’s Association

I had the opportunity to speak at a meeting with the NC Home Builder’s Association (NCHBA). This is an excellent organization that represents home builders and developers in the state of North Carolina. The NCHBA is made up of hundreds of men and women who collectively maintain our housing industry. This organization greatly benefits North […]

Visit to Max Abbott Middle School

I had the pleasure of visiting Max Abbott Middle School to speak with the 8th grade students there. While there, I spoke with them on the state government, and the role it has in North Carolina. Mr. Matthew Wynne, an 8th grade social studies teacher, was nice enough to send some pictures from this visit […]