With North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis moving on to take Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat in the U.S. Senate in January, leading Republican representatives are vying for the top spot.
The Speaker serves as the leader of the House, directing the representatives and controlling when bills come up for a vote.
Tillis was elected to the position of Speaker in January of 2011.
Members of the House will elect a speaker among themselves, with an official nomination set for Nov. 22.
Rep. Justin Burr (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba) just recently announced they will join Rep. John Blust (R-Guilford), Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston), Rep. Bryan Holloway (R-Rockingham) and Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) in the race for the post.
Rep. Justin Burr
Resides in: Albemarle
Occupation: Bail Bondsman
Terms in the House: three
In the 2013-14 session Burr introduced 108 bills, 63 of which he was the primary sponsor.
Twenty-two of the 108 bills made it into law, while 10 of the 63 bills he served as primary sponsor to made it into law.
Burr serves as a budget writer for the House.
Burr took a stance against HB4 in the early stages of the legislation along with other Republicans, later voting it in.
HB4, UI Fund Solvency & Program Changes, has been credited with trimming down the state unemployment insurance program’s $2.8 billion debt to $465 million this year, with the debt expected to drop off next year.
He also voted against the Voter Identification and Verification Act (VIVA), the reform of the state’s election laws, in the early stages of the legislation before giving his support for the final two votes.
Burr co-chairs the Appropriations Committee and serves as vice-chair to the committees on Elections, Finance, Health and Human Services and also Rules.
Burr is also a member of the Government, Ways and Means, Insurance and Judiciary committees.
Burr is also a member of various non-standing committees.
Rep. Mitchell Setzer
Resides in: Catawba
Occupation: Business Executive
Terms in the House: eight
In the 2013-14 session Setzer introduced 140 bills, serving as primary sponsor to 27.
Of the 140, 64 have made it into law.
Ten of the bills Setzer has served as primary sponsor of have made it into law.
Setzer has voted with the Republican Party generally, opposing HB4 until the third reading, when it passed overwhelmingly.
Setzer also followed party lines, going between voting for and against VIVA until passing it in a second and third reading overwhelmingly.
Setzer chairs the Finance and Insurance committees as well as serving as vice-chairman on the Ethics and Regulatory Reform committees.
He is also member to the Banking, Commerce and Job Development, Government and Wildlife Operations committees.
Setzer is also a member of various non-standing committees.
Rep. John Blust
Resides in: Greensboro
Occupation: Attorney, Accountant
Terms in the House: seven, one in the Senate
In the 2013-14 session Blust introduced 77 bills, 30 of which he served as primary sponsor of.
Twenty-four of the 77 bills have made it into law, while 11 of the 30 have made it through into law.
Blust voted with the Republican Party on most issues, including HB4 and VIVA in 2013.
Blust chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee A and serves as vice-chair to the committees on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs as well as the Judiciary committee.
He serves as member to the Elections, Finance, Rules and State personnel committees.
Blust serves on various non-standing committees.
Rep. Leo Daughtry
Resides in: Smithfield
Terms in the House: 11, two in the Senate
In the 2013-14 session Daughtry introduced 14 bills, 11 of which he has served as primary sponsor.
Of the 14, five have made it into law, three of which he was primary sponsor of.
Daughtry voted with his party on the issue of HB4, supported the Coal Ash Management Act, charter schools as well as the state budget.
He also followed party vote on VIVA.
Daughtry chairs the Judiciary Committee as well as the Appropriations subcommittee over Justice and Public Safety.
He vice-chairs the Appropriations Committee and is member of the Agriculture, Banking, Education, Rules and all of the Judiciary sub-committees.
He is also member of various non-standing committees.
Rep. Bryan Holloway
Resides in: King
Occupation: History Teacher, Farmer
Terms in the House: five
In the 2013-14 session Holloway introduced 63 bills, 41 of which he was the primary sponsor.
Of the 63, 17 have made it into law, seven of which he was the primary sponsor.
Holloway voted with his party on HB4, VIVA as well as most other major bills.
He voted against HB 161, which passed; it set mandatory retirement ages for magistrates comparable with that of judges.
Holloway co-chairs the Appropriations Committee as well as chairing the conference committee over the contentious 2014 budget.
He serves as vice-chair of the Public Utilities and Energy Committee.
Holloway is member of the Commerce and Job Development, Government, UNV Board of Governors Nominating, Insurance and Rules committees.
Holloway is member of various non-standing committees.
Rep. Tim Moore
Resides in: Kings Mountain
Terms in House: six
In the 2013-14 session Moore introduced 46 bills since joining the House, 40 of which he has served as primary sponsor.
Of those 46, 31 have gone on to become law; Moore was the primary sponsor for 30 of those 31 bills.
Moore has largely voted with the Republican voting block, including on HB4, VIVA and other bills.
Moore chairs the Elections Committee as well as the House Select Committee on UNC Board of Governors Nominating and the Rules Committee.
He serves as vice-chair to the Judiciary Committee.
He is member to the Appropriations, Environment, Finance, Ways and Means, Public Utilities and Energy and Transportation committees.
He is also a member of various non-standing committees.