Fayetteville attorney Billy Richardson has returned to the N.C. House after nearly 20 years away from the legislature.
Richardson, a Democrat, was sworn in Tuesday by his law school classmate, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. He was appointed to replace Rep. Rick Glazier, Fayetteville’s longtime representative who stepped down last week to lead the N.C. Justice Center, a liberal advocacy group.
Richardson served in the House from 1992 to 1996. He ran unsuccessfully against Republican Sen. Wesley Meredith last year. The Cumberland County Democratic Party nominated him to fill Glazier’s seat, and Gov. Pat McCrory made the formal appointment this week.
“I want you to know that this place is magic, it is so special, and to be a part of it, I will work hard to earn my wings and gain your trust and respect,” Richardson told his House colleagues after taking his seat.