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Civitas’ De Luca named to Ethics Commission

Longtime Republican player Francis X. De Luca has been named to the N.C. Ethics Commission.

De Luca will fill the term of former state auditor Les Merritt, who resigned in September to avoid conflict with his job as a contractor with the state health and human services agency. The term expires at the end of 2016.

De Luca has run political campaigns in the state for more than two decades and was once state director of Americans for Prosperity. He is currently president of the conservative policy group Civitas.

He spent 30 years on active and reserve duty with the Marine Corps and retired as a colonel. He has owned a business and worked at various levels of government, according to a news release he issued Wednesday.

De Luca was appointed on the recommendation of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. In his appointment letter, Berger said De Luca “has made notable contributions to our state in public service and will serve the state of North Carolina and the State Ethics Commission with distinction.”

“It is an honor to be given this opportunity to serve,” De Luca said in the release. “The people of North Carolina deserve a clean, transparent and ethical government and I look forward to doing my part to help maintain confidence in our system.”

The eight-member Ethics Commission meets at least quarterly. Along with staff, it provides informal and formal advice on ethical and lobbying laws, and investigates complaints.

Most of its work is not public, unless the party requesting the advice asks that it be disclosed.