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Republicans dominate legislative power rankings

Posted April 8, 2014

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— Republican members of both the House and Senate occupied the top 10 slots in the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research's annual rankings of the most effective General Assembly members. 

It's hardly breaking news that members of the legislative majority who occupy key committee slots do well in rankings of which members wield the most power and influence. But two years ago, Rep. Jim Crawford, D-Granville, managed to crack the top 10 in the state House. During the 2011-12 legislative session, Republicans needed help from some conservative Democrats to override Gov. Bev Perdue's vetoes. 

During the 2013-14 legislative session, Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate, and a Republican occupies the governor's mansion, all-but sidelining Democrats on partisan issues.

NCCPPR State House Rankings

RankHouse Member
1Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg
2Tim Moore, R-Cleveland
3Julia Howard, R-Davie
4David Lews, R-Harnett
5Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg
6Nelson Dollar, R-Wake
7Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake
8Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell
9Justin Burr, R-Stanley
10Tom Murry, R-Wake
Still, there are a few notable tidbits to be found in this year's rankings:

  • As previously reported, Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, was the only member of the state House to cast every recorded vote taken in 2013.
     
  • Some of the highest-ranked lawmakers will not return to the General Assembly. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, was ranked third most powerful in the Senate but has already surrendered his seat. Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, who is a chairman of the powerful appropriations committee, is not running for re-election.  

    NCCPPR State Senate Rankings

    RankSenator
    1Phil Berger, R-Rockingham
    2Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson
    3Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth
    4Harry Brown, R-Onslow
    5Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg
    6Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph
    7Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick
    8Brent Jackson, R-Sampson
    9Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell
    10Neal Hunt, R-Wake
    On the House side, Speaker Thom Tillis, who ranks No. 1 in the chamber, is running for U.S. Senate and will not return to his House seat. Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, the influential Republican conference leader, ranks No. 5 on the list but is not running for re-election.
     
  • Rep. Jim Fulgham, R-Wake, ranked as one of the two most effective freshmen in the state House.
     
  • Republicans first elected in 2010 saw their rankings jump substantially in this year's survey. For example, Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, jumped 46 places in the survey, from 66th during the 2011 session to 20th during the 2013 session. Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, jumped 22 places, to the No. 11 spot in the state Senate this year. 
     
  • The highest rated Senate Democrat was Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, at No. 17. The highest rated House Democrat was Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland. 
     
  • The lowest ranking House Republican was Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, who got attention for publicly criticizing Tillis and then later apologizing. The lowest ranking Senate Republican was Sen. William Cook, R-Beaufort. 

One final note: In the news release announcing the rankings, Center for Public Police Research staffers took note that the likely contenders for state House Speaker next year are all in the top 15. They include Reps. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, David Lewis, R-Harnett, Dollar, Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe, and Leo Daughtry, R-Johnston.

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  • Amy Whaley Apr 10, 2014
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    "Where one groups ideology of everything from women's rights to healthcare as well as education has caused so much damage to the good people of our state." RAZOR2

    I feel that way about our country right now. For example, I don't believe in the Gods of healthcare and insurance. The religion of humanism has hijacked our government.

  • Amy Whaley Apr 10, 2014
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    It will turn away valuable talent when that talent is a person who wants to marry a same sex spouse. Considering the homosexual population is approx. 3%, I don't believe these companies will notice the loss of competition in the talented work force.

  • Amy Whaley Apr 10, 2014
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    that's funny.... :)

  • ncprr1 Apr 9, 2014

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    lol...if they could bar people for radical, dangerous views and actions, we wouldn't have the Democrat party.

  • WRAL_USER Apr 9, 2014

    Tillis is a danger to the citizens of NC. Not only will he not be elected, he should be barred from any public office for his radical, dangerous views and actions...

  • Hubris Apr 8, 2014

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    I may not keep abreast of the legislature as close as you. Therefore, can you provide the North Carolina General Assembly bill number/name that cut taxes for the rich while raised taxes on the middle class?

    I see this posted quite often, we need to find out more about this.

  • Bill Brasky Apr 8, 2014

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    I can name an easy one...The passing of the marriage amendment. There are CEOs of major corporations in NC that say this will turn away valuable talent to other states, and inhibit economic growth.

    http://wunc.org/post/many-business-leaders-oppose-amendment

  • Bill Brasky Apr 8, 2014

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    brilliance

  • Ty Shrake Apr 8, 2014
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    "This has allowed for the incredibly stupid situation our state has found itself facing today...

    Where one groups ideology of everything from women's rights to healthcare as well as education has caused so much damage to the good people of our state." - RAZOR2

    Would you be so kind as to list or enumerate all of the "damage" the GOP has done to this state over the last 2 years? What are these things that have been damaged? I and many others would like to know.

  • razor2 Apr 8, 2014

    Or is money in politics only a problem when it goes to the GOP?

    No money in politics is a problem as it circumvents the power of the peoples vote.....
    Millions of peoples vote that are essentially made useless by the power of
    money an asset not available to most of the voters in this country...
    This has allowed for the incredibly stupid
    situation our state has found itself facing today...
    Where one groups ideology of everything from women's rights to healthcare as well as education has caused so much damage to the good people of our state.
    Where the legislators fight trans-parity on the decision making process of the laws by denying emails etc concerning the decision making in this state and why.... if everything is above board why the need to fight tooth and nail to stop people from learning what actually transpire in our state government. No sir you can blame so called liberals all you want but the people in office today cost the citizens of this state plenty .

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