Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin, left, administers the oath of office to Sen. Louis Pate while he stands with his family as he is sworn as the Deputy Senate President Pro Tem as the N.C. General Assembly convenes for the 2017 session at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Jan. 11, 2017.
Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin, left, administers the oath of office to Sen. Louis Pate while he stands with his family as he is sworn as the Deputy Senate President Pro Tem as the N.C. General Assembly convenes for the 2017 session at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Jan. 11, 2017. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin, left, administers the oath of office to Sen. Louis Pate while he stands with his family as he is sworn as the Deputy Senate President Pro Tem as the N.C. General Assembly convenes for the 2017 session at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Jan. 11, 2017. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com