Raleigh, N.C. — For the first time this century, state House members Wednesday will choose a new clerk to succeed longtime clerk Denise Weeks, who retired in 2016 after serving in that office for 24 years.
Her likely successor is a familiar face in the office: James White, who's worked for Weeks since 2012.
White, 31, has worked his way through the legislature's administrative layers, beginning as a legislative intern in 2009, then as legislative assistant to then-Rep. Shirley Randleman, R-Wilkes, when she was in the House and committee assistant.
Under Weeks, White served as House voting clerk and then administrative clerk.
White must be elected Wednesday by a majority vote of the chamber. But House Rules Chairman David Lewis says White is the only known nominee so far, and he has the backing of both the Republican and the Democratic caucuses.
"He's kind of been Denise Weeks' chief deputy for these many years," said Lewis, R-Harnett.
An Oregon native, White has spent the majority of his life in North Carolina, earning a bachelor's degree in political science at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg.