A former Jesse Helms aide and lobbyist for charter schools is joining Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration as a deputy chief of staff.
Jimmy Broughton was Helms’ chief of staff from 1994 to 2003, when the senator retired. Since leaving government, Broughton has been a lobbyist with the Womble Carlyle law firm. The firm’s website credits him with playing “a key role in the passage of legislation lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in the state.”
He’s registered this year to lobby on behalf of Vidant Health, Charter Schools USA, High Point Market Authority and Arts North Carolina, according to state records.
His salary in the newly created position will be $130,000. He’ll join chief of staff Thomas Stith and deputy chief John Baldwin. He starts work on Jan. 5.
For McCrory, Broughton will focus on federal and state government relations, policy and communications, according to a news release Monday.
“Jimmy’s experience and expertise in policy, communication and government affairs will add to an effective team,” Stith said in the release.
Also notable: Broughton is the grandson of Gov. Melville Broughton, a Democrat who led North Carolina from 1941-1945. His emphasis on education included adding a 12th grade to public schools and increasing the school calendar to nine months.