Chris Carney, the mayor pro tem of Mooresville, has been sworn in as the newest member of the N.C. Senate.
He takes the District 41 seat held by the late Jim Forrester. Both are Republicans.
Carney, 40, is a small business owner who has served more than five years in the Mooresville board of commissioners.
He said his first act would be to vote to over ride Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the Racial Justice Act when the legislature returns Jan. 4th for a special session.
“It's a flawed law,” Carney told the Statesville Record and Landmark. “And any time you have the opportunity to fix something that is flawed, I think that's a good thing.”
Carney said there there is a kind of revolution taking place in the state legislature and that he is glad to be part of it.
“I think this is the start of a decade of young, conservative professionals in Raleigh,” he told the Statesville paper. “We have a chance to take North Carolina to the next level and it's just really exciting.”
Senate leader Phil Berger welcomed Carney to the Senate.
“Chris Carney has succeeded in the private sector and as a public servant, and I'm confident he will represent his constituents well as a state senator.”