The latest biennial effectiveness survey of the North Carolina legislature from the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research shows second-term Republicans making some big jumps as the GOP continues to hold majorities in the House and Senate.
Second-term House members rising in the rankings include Reps. Tom Murry, R-Wake (10th); Mike Hager, R-Rutherford (11th); Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe (12th); Bill Brawley, R-Meklenburg (19th); and Craig Horn, R-Union (20th). None of the five ranked higher than 30th in the previous survey. In the Senate, second-termers Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick (7th), Brent Jackson, R-Sampson (8th), Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell (9th), Rick Gunn, R-Alamance (11th), Kathy Harrington, R-Gaston (13th), and Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover (14th). Among the six, Rabon held the highest previous ranking in 2012 at 18th.
The rise of second-term lawmakers in the majority party are consistent with the factors that Center director Ran Coble typically lead to higher effectiveness. "Over the years, the key factors in a higher effectiveness ranking are being in the majority party, how long a legislators has served, being chair of a committee, and their personal skills in moving legislation," Coble said.
The rankings are based on a survey of legislators, lobbyists and capital news reporters. (The News & Observer’s capital team does not participate.)
Once again, Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, received the top rankings in their respective chambers. The two Rules Committee chairs in their respective chambers, Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, and Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, occupied the second spot in each set of rankings.
Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, at 31st, was the highest ranked freshman in the House; Sen.. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, at 26th, was rated the highest among Senate freshmen. Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, at 16th,was rated the most effective Democrat in the House, while House Minority Leader Larry Hall, D-Durham, was ranked 23rd in the chamber. Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, was the highest ranked Senate Democrat at 17th.