Hackney elected minority leader

Joe Hackney has been elected as minority leader in the NC House.
Here’s the official release:

Hackney elected House minority leader

Speaker will continue in leadership role going into next session

RALEIGH _ Joe Hackney, the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives for the past four years, was unanimously elected leader of the House Democratic caucus Tuesday.

Among the caucus priorities for the coming session will be to support quality education, job creation and fair redistricting, he said after his election.

“We know what kind of North Carolina the people of this state have come to expect,” Hackney said. “They want us to protect education at all levels. They want us to protect investment in job creation programs and they want a chance to fairly elect the people who represent them.

“We will join with Republicans when they are on the right path, but we will vigorously oppose any efforts to undermine progress in these areas.”

Hackney was unopposed in the election for minority leader. The House Democrats will choose their whips at a later date.

Prior to becoming Speaker in 2007, Hackney was House Democratic Leader for one term, House Majority Leader for one term and Speaker Pro Tempore for two terms. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980. His district includes Chatham County and parts of Orange and Moore counties. Hackney has among the most active legislators in the chamber during his tenure. He has sponsored significant legislation in the areas of ethics, environment and judicial reform.

Since 1974, Hackney has been a partner in the Epting & Hackney law firm in Chapel Hill. In addition, he and his brother continue to operate their family cattle farm in Chatham County.

Hackney received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Betsy, have two adult sons, Dan and Will.