Updated: Newly elected state Rep. Duane Hall on Wednesday was named leader of the freshman Democratic caucus in the House. Hall represents Cary and western parts of Raleigh.
He received a standing ovation from members of both parties in the House chamber.
Hall released a statement afterward: “The position of freshman leader is not ideological. My job will be more organizational, and helping to assure that all 13 newly elected Democrats are prepared to contribute.”