State Politics

NC Rep. Paul Stam won't seek reelection in 2016

Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, speaks with reporters at 4:25 a.m. Wednesday on the floor of the N.C. House following his announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2016.
Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, speaks with reporters at 4:25 a.m. Wednesday on the floor of the N.C. House following his announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2016. Raleigh

Longtime Republican Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam of Apex announced Wednesday that he won’t seek another term and will leave the state House after next year’s short session.

Stam, an attorney and the House Speaker Pro Tem, has served in the House since 2003. He also served a single term there in the late 1980s.

Stam announced his retirement as the House adjourned for the year at 4:18 a.m. Wednesday.

“When I first came here, I had a long action list to accomplish, but the longer I stayed, the longer the list grew,” he said. “I’ll never get to the end of it.”

Stam has helped develop a variety of social conservative legislation during his tenure, including bills related to abortion and same-sex marriage.

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