Former state Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper Friday to serve on the North Carolina Lottery Commission.
Rand, a Fayetteville attorney and Democrat, has kept a low profile since he resigned from the Senate in 2009. But while serving as one of the Senate's most powerful leaders, he had a key role in the creation of the state's lottery in 2005. Rand brought the controversial bill up for a vote while two Republican senators who opposed it were absent, and the bill passed when then-Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of the lottery.
Rand was also coached by Kevin Geddings and a representative from lottery game provider Scientific Games to prepare for a debate with a lottery opponent. Geddings later disclosed he had worked with Scientific Games and resigned from the lottery commission after he was appointed by then-House Speaker Jim Black.
Rand resigned from the Senate in 2009 to become the chairman of the Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission, a job that included a salary of more than $100,000. He left the commission in 2014 when he was hired to oversee the privatization of a job training program in Cumberland County.
Rand will take the seat that previously belonged to Kim Griffin Jr.