State Rep. Harold Brubaker of Asheboro, a former House speaker, is resigning from the legislature, ending a 35 year career in the legislature.
Brubaker, who chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, plans to open up a lobbying practice. “With the close to this legislative session,” Brubaker said, “it is clear that my work has been accomplished and future goals in my career rest outside of this legislative body...''
“It is now time for me to turn my attention to my family and my business,” Brubaker said. “I will be expanding the scope of business for Brubaker & Associates to include strategic consulting and government affairs lobbying beginning in 2013. My son Jonathan, who has been with the family business since 2002, will be joining me in this new business venture in order for our company to offer a full scope of service to our clients.''
UPDATE: House Speaker Thom Tillis: "I cannot overemphasize the positive impact Harold Brubaker has had on his constituents and his state. For more than three decades, he has served the people of Randolph County, rising to become North Carolina's only Republican speaker of the House of the 20th century. His commitment to fiscal conservatism and his mastery of the legislative process have made him one of the most effective legislators in our state's history...He is my mentor, a trusted colleague, and a dear friend.''
UPDATE: Gov. Bev. Perdue. "Rep. Harold Brubaker has been a good friend. The North Carolina will certainly miss his experience and depth of knowledge. His long-time service to the state and to the voters of the 78th district will be missed.''
UPDATE: Brubaker resigned as of midnight Wednesday. He is sending papers to the board of elections withdrawing his candidacy.