Statement from Joe Hackney on Perdue’s decision

Just got this from Joe Hackney:

Gov. Perdue will leave office with a reputation as a good governor who managed this state through a difficult time. Despite the financial circumstances of our state, though, she kept a focus on education. She realized that education moves our state forward and moves our people forward. She never forgot that and it was at the core of her time as a legislator and in the executive branch. I am grateful for her service to our state and wish her well.

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.

Hackney to seek minority leader job

That’s the headline of the press release. Here’s the text:

Rep. Hackney has served as Speaker for the past four years. His tenure will end when the newly elected Republican majority comes into office in January.

“Next year, we must cooperate with the new Republican majority when their direction is good for North Carolina,” Rep. Hackney said. “But we must vigorously oppose them when they seek to move North Carolina in the wrong direction, such as when they act to erode the quality of our public education, or our excellent business climate.”

Rep. Hackney represents Chatham, Orange and Moore counties. Prior to becoming Speaker, he served as House Speaker Pro Tempore, House Democratic Leader and House Majority Leader. He is also the former chairman of numerous legislative committees, including Judiciary I, Finance, Ethics and Environment.

Speaker Hackney is a former president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2007, he received the group’s Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award, the nation’s top honor for state legislators.

Tony Rand resigns

This from the Speaker’s office:

Speaker Hackney statement on resignation of Sen. Tony Rand
“Sen. Rand served the people of Cumberland County and the state with great distinction in the Senate and he will continue to do so as a member of the parole board. He has dedicated many years of his life to making North Carolina better, most especially by working to provide quality and affordable higher education to all.”