Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender) announced his resignation from the House of Representative last week after four years in the legislature.
His resignation will be effective Sep. 15, according to a House leadership release.
Millis said he will be leaving the legislature to spend more time with his family; Millis is married and has three children.
Millis, at 33, was one of the youngest members of the General Assembly, but grew to prominence in the House serving on the committees tasked with Appropriations; Commerce and Job Development; Environment; Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs; and State Personnel. Millis also chaired the Regulatory Reform Committee and the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality, formed in response to the Cape Fear River GenX situation.
“The state House of Representatives will lose one of our brightest and hardest-working members without Chris Millis,” House Speaker Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said. “I can’t say enough about Chris’ dedication to North Carolina taxpayers, his commitment to effective reform and the countless initiatives he undertook to benefit his constituents and citizens statewide. We wish Chris and his family the very best and are deeply grateful for their service to North Carolina.”
Millis said that during his time he has remained true to the principles of the Founding Fathers and after three terms in the legislature it is time to step back and be with his family.
In a letter released on his website Millis said, “I am humbled that the people of our district entrusted me with their voice and their vote in Raleigh, with the positive changes that have been achieved. The transformational redirection of our state in terms of government spending, the individual tax burden, and oppressive regulation highlights how far we have come as a state that is now governed from a more conservative viewpoint.
“From the first time my name was on the ballot to the last vote I made on the House Floor, I can say with confidence that I have remained consistent to the Founding Principles of our form of government. At every turn, my priority was to refocus government on its proper role and to limit it to its intended purpose, so we as individuals can have the greatest opportunity to be free and pursue our own interests. After three terms in office, I am convinced more than ever that the solution to the problems we face today is to employ the Founding Principles that made our nation truly exceptional and prosperous. It has always been my desire to effectively serve and then step away at the proper time. For me and my family, now is that time.”
While Millis is leaving the legislature and returning to his work as a civil engineer, he did not completely close the door to staying involved in the future of North Carolina politics, saying, “I will always be an ally to advancing principles that lead to prosperity. It has been, and will continue to be, my desire that North Carolina would be an example to the rest of the Nation that individuals truly prosper when they are left to be free.”