First Posted: 11/22/2014
ASHEBORO — Republican lawmakers have nominated state Rep. Tim Moore to serve as speaker of the North Carolina House next year.
Moore, a Kings Mountain attorney who chaired the powerful Rules Committee in the 2013-14 General Assembly, won the title of speaker-designee during a Saturday vote of House Republicans held at Randolph Community College. He will almost certainly be named speaker when the full House votes in January.
“Thank you to my GOP colleagues for the nomination to serve as Speaker this upcoming session,” Moore wrote on his Facebook page afterthe vote. “I am forever grateful and looking forward to going to work.”
Moore is a six-term lawmaker who represents Cleveland County in House District 111. He chairs the House’s elections and UNC Board of Governors nominating committees in addition to the rules panel, regarded as one of the most influential posts.
He succeeds U.S. Sen.-elect Thom Tillis, who will pass the speaker’s gavel before taking office in Washington.
“I congratulate Speaker-Designee Tim Moore and the other newly selected House leaders for receiving a vote of confidence and support from their colleagues and look forward to working closely together to continue making North Carolina a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Senate leader Phil Berger, a Rockingham County Republican, said in a Saturday statement.
Supporting Moore in leadership roles will be Rep. Skip Stam, R-Wake, as speaker pro-tem, and Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, as House majority leader.
Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday that he planned to meet with Moore at his Kings Mountain home on Sunday.
“I’d like to congratulate Speaker-Designee Moore and the rest of the House members who will assume important leadership roles this session,” McCrory said in a statement. “I look forward to working with both the House and Senate to find solutions that strengthen our state and build on the accomplishments we’ve made in the past two years.”