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State House 27 Representative Michael Wray began his tenth term of office today, taking the oath of office with his Kay by his side.

The Northampton County Democrat represents Halifax, Northampton and Warren counties in the North Carolina House of Representatives for a two-year term.  

“I am honored by the trust and support of my constituents who once again have given me the opportunity to serve our district and our state in the North Carolina General Assembly,”  Wray said. “During these trying times, it is important now more than ever to work together to face and solve significant challenges we all are facing. It is my privilege to work hard each and every day on issues important to the people in my district and to the people of the State of North Carolina.”

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh on January 25 to begin work on writing the state budget, which must be passed by the new fiscal year that starts on July 1.   

The 2023 Session of the NC General Assembly is expected to last into the summer. 

Hanig takes oath

Meanwhile today Currituck County Republican Bobby Hanig was sworn in today at the General Assembly as the state senator representing Northeastern North Carolina in Senate District 3.  Hanig is a two-term state house member, small business owner, and former Currituck County commissioner.  

“I am grateful to the voters who have placed their trust in me and I will work day and night to help improve their quality of life,” Hanig said.  “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Northeastern North Carolina.”

Hanig added, “I’m taking the concerns of the voters to Raleigh where I’m focused on fighting inflation, creating jobs, giving parents education rights, and working with law enforcement to reduce crime.  As a resident of the district for thirty years I look forward to helping voters throughout the district.”

Senate District 3 includes Bertie, Camden, Currituck, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell, and Warren counties.  

Senator Hanig will serve on the following committees:  Agriculture, energy and environment, education and higher education, state and local government and the education appropriations committee. 

Hanig has lived in Currituck County for 30 years. 

During his time in the legislature, Hanig has championed reforms including tax cuts for North Carolina families, hurricane assistance, pay raises for teachers, voter ID, and election integrity.