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NC Sen. Dan Soucek resigns before session begins

Dan Soucek
Dan Soucek

State Sen. Dan Soucek, a Republican from Boone, resigned from the legislature effective Friday.

Senate leader Phil Berger’s office announced the move. Soucek wasn’t running for re-election in November and had already endorsed fellow Republican Deanna Ballard to take his seat.

Both Soucek and Ballard have held leadership roles at Samaritan’s Purse, the charity led by evangelist Franklin Graham.

When Soucek announced in December that he wouldn’t seek another term, he cited the strain of being away from his family and that he “can’t continue to faithfully serve both my family and constituents.”

The news release from Berger’s office didn’t list a reason for Soucek’s resignation.

“Sen. Dan Soucek has made it his life’s work to help others – by improving public education as a member of the North Carolina Senate, by defending our freedoms as a member of our Armed Forces and by aiding those in poverty through his many years of charitable work,” Berger said in the news release. “His retirement will be a big loss for the Senate, the people of his district and the State of North Carolina.”

Republican Party leaders in Soucek’s five-county district in northwestern North Carolina will be tasked with nominating someone to finish Soucek’s term. Gov. Pat McCrory will make the formal appointment.

The legislature returns to Raleigh on April 25.