One day before legislators return to Raleigh to start work, House Speaker Tim Moore announced who will lead each committee.
The chairs are mostly senior Republicans, with a few Democrats taking on vice chair positions. Some GOP House members – notably Reps. Justin Burr and Julia Howard – will no longer chair powerful committees as they did last session under Speaker Thom Tillis.
“The decision to choose the Representatives to lead these committees was made with great scrutiny,” Moore said in a news release Tuesday. “I have full faith in my colleagues placed in these positions of leadership, and look forward to starting a productive House session this week.”
The committee appointments show which House members will hold more power this session, as well as which Republicans have been effectively demoted by Moore.
The losers: Howard and Burr appear to be the only Republican House members who have lost powerful chair positions.
Howard, who’s represented Davie County for 26 years, had been the senior chairwoman of the finance committee and ethics co-chair. She’ll now lead a less prominent committee: banking.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Howard says she’s “been told that Moore has replaced her with a representative more supportive of Moore’s agenda.”
Burr, a fourth-term legislator from Albemarle, has been demoted from co-chairman on the appropriations committee – which oversees the budget – to one of 27 vice chairs. Burr also vice-chaired four major committees last session, and he’ll now fill that role on just one panel, the Judiciary I committee.
The winners: Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville and Rep. Donny Lambeth of Winston-Salem are moving up to co-chairs on the appropriations committee. And with Howard out on the finance committee, Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews and Rep. Jason Saine of Lincolnton will share her old role.
Two legislators who held only vice chair roles last session will get a lot busier. Rep. Ted Davis of Wilmington will co-chair the Judiciary III and local government committees, and Rep. Brian Brown of Greenville will co-chair the university education and health committees.
It pays to switch teams: Rep. Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk left the Democratic Party this month to become an unaffiliated member who caucuses with Republicans. The move is paying off: He’s been named a co-chairman of the transportation appropriations committee and will serve as vice chair on two others. Transportation funding is key for Tine’s district, which includes a swath of the Outer Banks and its fragile highway, N.C. 12.
New committees: Moore has created several committees that didn’t exist last session. The House will now have an aging committee, a pensions and retirement committee, a wildlife resources committee and a children, youth and families committee. Moore split the education committee into three separate panels: community colleges, K-12 and universities. A subcommittee on mental health has been eliminated.
Here’s the full list released by Moore’s office:
Chairman Pat Hurley, Chairman Rena W. Turner
Vice-Chairman Susan C. Fisher, Vice-Chairman Joe Sam Queen
Chairman Mark Brody, Chairman Jimmy Dixon, Chairman James H. Langdon, Chairman Bob Steinburg
Vice-Chairman William D. Brisson, Vice-Chairman Beverly M. Earle, Vice-Chairman Charles Graham, Vice-Chairman Marvin W. Lucas, Vice-Chairman Larry Yarborough, Vice-Chairman Lee Zachary
Alcoholic Beverage Control
Chairman James L. Boles Jr, Chairman Jon Hardister
Vice-Chairman Kelly M. Alexander Jr, Vice-Chairman Kelly E. Hastings, Vice-Chairman Charles Jeter, Vice-Chairman Marvin W. Lucas
Senior Chairman Nelson Dollar
Chairman Linda P. Johnson, Chairman Donny Lambeth, Chairman Chuck McGrady
Vice-Chairman Dean Arp, Vice-Chairman Marilyn Avila, Vice-Chairman Hugh Blackwell, Vice-Chairman James L. Boles Jr., Vice-Chairman William Brawley, Vice-Chairman William D. Brisson, Vice-Chairman Rayne Brown, Vice-Chairman Brian Brown, Vice-Chairman Rob Bryan, Vice-Chairman Justin P. Burr, Vice-Chairman George G. Cleveland, Vice-Chairman N. Leo Daughtry, Vice-Chairman Jimmy Dixon, Vice-Chairman John Faircloth, Vice-Chairman Bryan R. Holloway, Vice-Chairman D. Craig Horn, Vice-Chairman Pat B. Hurley, Vice-Chairman Frank Iler, Vice-Chairman Chris Malone, Vice-Chairman Pat McElraft, Vice-Chairman Michele D. Presnell, Vice-Chairman Dennis Riddell, Vice-Chairman Jason Saine, Vice-Chairman Phil Shepard, Vice-Chairman Paul Tine, Vice-Chairman John A. Torbett, Vice-Chairman Roger West
Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources
Chairman Jimmy Dixon, Chairman Pat McElraft, Chairman Roger West
Vice-Chairman Rick Catlin, Vice-Chairman Garland E. Pierce
Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
Chairman Hugh Blackwell, Chairman Rob Bryan, Chairman Bryan R. Holloway, Chairman D. Craig Horn
Vice-Chairman Paul Stam, Vice-Chairman Chris Whitmire
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
Chairman Rayne Brown, Chairman George G. Cleveland, Chairman Dennis Riddell
Vice-Chairman Mark Brody, Vice-Chairman Susan C. Fisher, Vice-Chairman Elmer Floyd, Vice-Chairman Larry G. Pittman
Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Chairman Marilyn Avila, Chairman William D. Brisson, Chairman Josh Dobson, Chairman Chris Malone
Vice-Chairman Brig. Gen. (R) Gary Pendleton
Appropriations Subcommittee on Information Technology
Chairman Jason Saine
Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety
Chairman James L. Boles Jr, Chairman N. Leo Daughtry, Chairman John Faircloth, Chairman Pat B. Hurley
Vice-Chairman Darren G. Jackson, Vice-Chairman Allen McNeill, Vice-Chairman Sarah Stevens
Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation
Chairman Frank Iler, Chairman Phil Shepard, Chairman Paul Tine, Chairman John A. Torbett
Chairman Julia C. Howard, Chairman Charles Jeter
Vice-Chairman Dan Bishop, Vice-Chairman John A. Fraley, Vice-Chairman Larry D. Hall
Children, Youth, and Families
Chairman Johnathan C. Jordan, Chairman Sarah Stevens
Vice-Chairman Tricia Ann Cotham
Commerce and Job Development
Chairman Debra Conrad, Chairman Michele D. Presnell, Chairman Stephen M. Ross
Vice-Chairman John R. Bradford III, Vice-Chairman Brian Brown, Vice-Chairman John A. Fraley, Vice-Chairman Ken Goodman, Vice-Chairman Charles Graham, Vice-Chairman Susan Martin, Vice-Chairman Rodney W. Moore, Vice-Chairman John Szoka
Education - Community Colleges
Chairman Mark Brody, Chairman Allen McNeill
Vice-Chairman Josh Dobson
Education - K-12
Chairman Jeffrey Elmore, Chairman D. Craig Horn, Chairman Linda P. Johnson
Vice-Chairman Tricia Ann Cotham, Vice-Chairman Edward Hanes Jr.
Education - Universities
Chairman Brian Brown, Chairman Bryan R. Holloway
Chairman Bert Jones, Chairman David R. Lewis
Vice-Chairman Harry Warren
Chairman Rick Catlin, Chairman Pat McElraft
Vice-Chairman Jay Adams, Vice-Chairman Chuck McGrady
Chairman John Faircloth, Chairman Rick Glazier
Vice-Chairman Becky Carney, Vice-Chairman N. Leo Daughtry
Senior Chairman William Brawley, Senior Chairman Jason Saine
Chairman Kelly E. Hastings, Chairman Susan Martin, Chairman Mitchell S. Setzer, Chairman John Szoka
Vice-Chairman Kelly M. Alexander Jr., Vice-Chairman John M. Blust, Vice-Chairman Jeff Collins,
Vice-Chairman Nelson Dollar, Vice-Chairman Mike Hager, Vice-Chairman Linda P. Johnson,
Vice-Chairman Paul Luebke, Vice-Chairman Rodney W. Moore, Vice-Chairman Stephen M. Ross,
Vice-Chairman Harry Warren
Chairman Brian Brown, Chairman Bert Jones, Chairman Donny Lambeth
Vice-Chairman Marilyn Avila, Vice-Chairman William D. Brisson, Vice-Chairman Nelson Dollar, Vice-Chairman Beverly M. Earle, Vice-Chairman Jean Farmer-Butterfield
Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs
Chairman George G. Cleveland, Chairman Larry G. Pittman, Chairman Michael Speciale, Chairman Chris Whitmire
Vice-Chairman Larry D. Hall, Vice-Chairman Grier Martin, Vice-Chairman Garland E. Pierce
Chairman Dana Bumgardner, Chairman Mitchell S. Setzer
Vice-Chairman Rosa U. Gill, Vice-Chairman Brig. Gen. (R) Gary Pendleton, Vice-Chairman Paul Tine
Chairman N. Leo Daughtry
Vice-Chairman Justin P. Burr, Vice-Chairman Darren G. Jackson
Chairman John M. Blust, Chairman Jonathan C. Jordan
Vice-Chairman John Faircloth, Vice-Chairman Rick Glazier, Vice-Chairman Pat B. Hurley,
Vice-Chairman Chuck McGrady, Vice-Chairman Henry M. Michaux Jr., Vice-Chairman Paul Stam
Chairman Ted Davis Jr., Chairman Sarah Stevens
Vice-Chairman Nathan Baskerville, Vice-Chairman Pricey Harrison, Vice-Chairman Verla Insko,
Vice-Chairman Rena W. Turner
Chairman Hugh Blackwell, Chairman Rob Bryan, Chairman Jacqueline Michelle Schaffer
Vice-Chairman Susi H. Hamilton
Chairman Ted Davis Jr., Chairman Carl Ford
Vice-Chairman James H. Langdon Jr.
Pensions and Retirement
Chairman Allen McNeill, Chairman Stephen M. Ross
Vice-Chairman Henry M. Michaux Jr.
Chairman Dean Arp, Chairman Jeff Collins, Chairman Harry Warren
Vice-Chairman Mike Hager, Vice-Chairman Edward Hanes Jr., Vice-Chairman Sam Watford
Chairman John R. Bell IV, Chairman Chris Millis, Chairman Dennis Riddell
Vice-Chairman Ken Goodman, Vice-Chairman Jonathan C. Jordan
Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House
Chairman David R. Lewis
Vice-Chairman N. Leo Daughtry, Vice-Chairman Ted Davis Jr., Vice-Chairman Paul Stam,
Vice-Chairman John A. Torbett
Chairman Jeff Collins, Chairman James H. Langdon Jr.
Vice-Chairman Larry M. Bell
Chairman Frank Iler, Chairman Phil Shepard, Chairman John A. Torbett
Vice-Chairman Becky Carney, Vice-Chairman George G. Cleveland
University Board of Governors Nominating
Chairman Nelson Dollar
Vice-Chairman Edward Hanes Jr., Vice-Chairman Kelly E. Hastings
Chairman Chris Malone, Chairman Roger West