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Tillis makes key committee chair appointments, emphasizing sophomore representatives

House Speaker Thom Tillis on Wednesday announced his choices to lead key committees, elevating several second-term representatives to prominent positions.

Rep. Tom Murry, a Cary Republican, will chair the Commerce and Job Development committee. It’s only Murry’s second term, but he was an active figure among the freshman class last session, and has been a proven fundraiser.

A pharmacist and an attorney, Murry was ranked “most effective freshman legislator” by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. The committee will develop the GOP’s job-creation agenda, including working on ways to attract business to the state.

A new committee on regulatory reform will be chaired by Rep. Tim Moffitt, a Republican from Asheville, who is also beginning his second term. The committee will pick up on last year’s efforts by a joint House and Senate committee, which led to several changes in the law relaxing regulations.

Moffitt introduced a controversial bill last year that would take control of Asheville’s water system from the municipality.

The Health and Human Services Committee will be co-chaired by Rep. Mark Hollo, a Republican from Alexander County who is a physician assistant, and Rep. Bert Jones, a Republican from Rockingham who is a dentist. Both are second-termers.

Veteran lawmakers were not left out.

The House Judiciary Committee will be led by Rep. Leo Daughtry, a Republican lawyer from Smithfield, who will begin his 11th term in the House. The three subcommittee chairmen will be: Rep. John Blust, a Republican from Guilford County; Rep. Jonathan Jordan, a Republican from Ashe County and Rep. Chuck McGrady, a Republican from Henderson County, will be co-chairs; and Rep. Sarah Stevens, a Republican from Surry County.

Rep. Linda Johnson, a Republican from Cabarrus County, and Rep. J.H. Langdon, a Republican from Johnston County, will chair the House Education Committee. Langdon is a retired educator, and Johnson is a computer analyst.

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