NC House Speaker Moore’s reelection makes him longest to serve in role

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, conducts a House session. (Image from N.C. General Assembly YouTube channel)

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  • NC House Speaker Tim Moore will serve a historic fifth term as speaker when the long session convenes in January.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, will serve his fifth term as speaker when the General Assembly convenes for the long session in January, making him the longest-serving speaker of the House in North Carolina history. The N.C. House Republican Caucus unanimously reelected Moore on Friday.

“I am honored to once again be nominated by my colleagues to serve as speaker of the House,” Moore said in a press release. “We have made great strides under the last 12 years of Republican leadership in North Carolina, and I am eager to get to work with my fellow members to continue the success and the growth that has made North Carolina a beacon to the rest of the nation.”

First elected speaker of the House in 2015, Moore is currently the third longest-serving Republican speaker of the House nationally and second longest-serving in the South. He will serve his 10th term as a North Carolina House of Representatives member, representing Cleveland and Rutherford counties.

Rep. John Bell, R-Wayne, was also reelected by the caucus to his role as the House majority leader.

“I am very grateful to have the continued support and trust of my Republican colleagues to serve as their majority leader,” Bell said in a press release. “I am excited to get back to work and help lead our caucus to another successful legislative session that makes North Carolina an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

He was first elected to the position in 2016.

Also elected were Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Surry, Speaker Pro Tempore; Rep. Brenden Jones, R-Columbus, deputy majority leader; Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, majority whip; Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, conference chair, and Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan, joint caucus chair.