The state House of Representatives has been sworn in by Chief Justice Sarah Parker.
State Rep. Verla Insko, an Orange County Democrat, then formally nominated House Speaker Joe Hackney to remain in his leadership position, Ben Niolet reports.
"Joe Hackney has ably led us for the past two years," she said. "His most valuable contribution through this time was to the institution."
She praised his leadership during a time "when we lost our way."
Update: Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican, nominated Rep. Paul Stam for speaker.
Lewis cited a host of problems from inadequate roads to struggling schools and years of corruption in state government as reasons to back the Apex Republican.
"We ourselves, the elected leaders, are unable to bring true change sought by the voters," he said.
Lewis added that Stam would bring free-market principles to government.
"He understands that parents are better able to make educational decisions than a Raleigh bureaucrat," he said.
Second Update: Hackney won with 68 votes on a party-line vote.