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Here’s how much NC Senate leader Phil Berger is paying his staff

Berger touts Republican successes in response to State of the State address

In his remarks, taped for television about three hours before Gov. Cooper’s address, Senate leader Phil Berger reminded viewers of the GOP legislative majorities. He said Republicans are responsible for the state’s successes.
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In his remarks, taped for television about three hours before Gov. Cooper’s address, Senate leader Phil Berger reminded viewers of the GOP legislative majorities. He said Republicans are responsible for the state’s successes.

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger has four staffers making more than $100,000 annually, while only two staffers for House Speaker Tim Moore are in the same salary range.

Berger, a Republican from Eden, released his staff’s salaries this week in response from a public records request from The News & Observer. The N&O previously published salary records for Moore’s staff and for the staff and Cabinet secretaries of Gov. Roy Cooper.

Berger employs more full-time employees and has a slightly higher total payroll than Moore, records show. Berger’s office includes 15 permanent staff members earning a total of $1.07 million, while Moore’s office includes 13 permanent staffers earning a total of $1.01 million – or $1.04 million if you include Moore’s three paid interns.

Berger’s staff list includes his wife, Patricia Berger, who earns $31,569 as a research assistant and paralegal. A number of state legislators also employ their spouses as legislative aides.

Here’s the full list of Berger staff salaries:

Jim Blaine, chief of staff, $175,000

Andrew Tripp, general counsel, $155,000

Amy Auth, deputy chief of staff for communications and operations, $114,188

Erica Shrader, deputy chief of staff for policy, $106,575

Darrell Malcolm, executive assistant, $77,648

Kolt Ulm, research assistant and paralegal, $66,990

William Tomlinson, administrative assistant, $60,302

Sara Ulm, research assistant and paralegal, $55,825

Shelly Carver, administrative assistant and spokeswoman, $54,500

Stephen Ogden, research assistant and paralegal, $46,690

Dylan Watts, research assistant and paralegal, $42,500

Wanda Shivers, legislative clerk, $40,000

David Whitaker, research assistant and paralegal, $39,461

Patricia Berger, research assistant and paralegal, $31,569

Peggy Halifax, research assistant, $7,916

In his remarks, taped for television about three hours before Gov. Cooper’s address, Senate leader Phil Berger reminded viewers of the GOP legislative majorities. He said Republicans are responsible for the state’s successes.

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