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Greenville doctor tapped for open NC House seat

Pitt County Republican Party leaders have named a successor to Rep. Brian Brown, who’s resigning to take a job with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis.

Greg Murphy, a Greenville urologist, was selected over a Greenville businessman, according to The Daily Reflector. Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to formally appoint Murphy to finish Brown’s term.

“He’s a doctor, he’s been a (medical) missionary to many places and he’s decided he wants to give back to his community,” Pitt GOP chairwoman Ginny Cooper told the Reflector.

He’ll be the only medical doctor in the legislature and the first since Dr. Jim Fulghum, a Raleigh Republican who was serving in the House when he died in 2014.

Murphy is the division chief of urology for the Department of Surgery at the East Carolina University School of Medicine. He’s a 1989 graduate of the UNC School of Medicine.