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The North Carolina Senate is one of the two houses of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Its prerogatives and powers are similar to those of the other house, the House of Representatives. Its members do, however, represent districts that are larger than those of their colleagues in the House. The President of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, but the Lt. Governor has very limited powers and only votes to break a tie. Before the office of Lt. Governor was created in 1868, the Senate was presided over by a "Speaker." After the 1988 election of James Carson Gardner, the first Republican Lt. Governor since Reconstruction, Democrats in control of the Senate shifted most of the power held by the Lt. Governor to the senator who is elected President Pro Tempore (or Pro-Tem). The President Pro Tempore appoints members to standing committees of the Senate, and holds great sway over bills. Marc Basnight (D-Manteo) is the current President Pro Tempore and has held the office longer than anyone in history.

According to the state constitution, the Senate is also the "Court for the Trial of Impeachments". The House of Representatives has the power to impeach state officials, after which the Senate holds a trial, as in the federal system. If the Governor or Lt. Governor is the official who has been impeached, the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court presides.



The qualifications to be a senator are found in the state Constitution: "Each Senator, at the time of his election, shall be not less than 25 years of age, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the State as a citizen for two years and in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election."


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 31 19 50 0
Begin 30 20 50 0
Latest voting share 60% 40%

2009-2010 Senate Leadership

Position Name Party
President/Lieutenant Governor Walter H. Dalton Democratic
President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight Democratic
Deputy President Pro Tempore Charlie Smith Dannelly Democratic
Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt[1] Democratic
Majority Whip Katie G. Dorsett Democratic
Minority Leader Phil Berger Republican
Deputy Minority Leaders Harry Brown Republican
Peter Brunstetter Republican
Neal Hunt Republican
Minority Whip Jerry W. Tillman Republican

North Carolina Senate Leadership

Members of the North Carolina Senate

District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented
1 Marc Basnight Democratic Raleigh Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Tyrrell, Washington
2 Jean Preston Republican Emerald Isle Carteret, Craven, Pamlico
3 Clark Jenkins Democratic Tarboro Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt
4 Ed Jones Democratic Enfield Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Perquimans
5 Donald G. Davis Democratic Snow Hill Greene, Pitt, Wayne
6 Harry Brown Republican Jacksonville Jones, Onslow
7 Doug Berger Democratic Youngsville Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren
8 R.C. Soles, Jr. Democratic Tabor City Brunswick, Columbus, Pender
9 Julia Boseman Democratic Wilmington New Hanover
10 Charles Albertson Democratic Beulaville Duplin, Lenoir, Samson
11 A.B. Swindell Democratic Nashville Nash, Wilson
12 David Rouzer Republican Raleigh Johnston, Wayne
13 Michael P. Walters [2] Democratic Fairmont Hoke, Robeson
14 Dan Blue[3] Democratic Raleigh Wake
15 Neal Hunt Republican Raleigh Wake
16 Josh Stein Democratic Raleigh Wake
17 Richard Y. Stevens Republican Cary Wake
18 Bob Atwater Democratic Chapel Hill Chatham, Durham, Lee
19 Tony Rand Democratic Fayetteville Bladen, Cumberland
20 Floyd McKissick, Jr. Democratic Durham Durham
21 Larry Shaw Democratic Fayetteville Cumberland
22 Harris Blake Republican Pinehurst Harnett, Moore
23 Eleanor Kinnaird Democratic Carrboro Orange, Person
24 Tony Foriest Democratic Graham Alamance, Caswell
25 William R. Purcell Democratic Graham Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly
26 Phil Berger Republican Eden Guilford, Rockingham
27 Don Vaughan Democratic Greensboro Guilford
28 Katie G. Dorsett Democratic Greensboro Guilford
29 Jerry W. Tillman Republican Archdale Montgomery, Randolph
30 Don East Republican Pilot Mountain Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin
31 Peter Brunstetter Republican Lewisville Forsyth
32 Linda Garrou Democratic Winston-Salem Forsyth
33 Stan Bingham Republican Denton Davidson, Guilford
34 Andrew Brock Republican Mocksville Davie, Rowan
35 Eddie Goodall Republican Matthews Mecklenburg, Union
36 Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. Republican Concord Cabarrus, Iredell
37 Daniel Clodfelter Democratic Charlotte Mecklenburg
38 Charlie Smith Dannelly Democratic Charlotte Mecklenburg
39 Bob Rucho Republican Matthews Mecklenburg
40 Malcolm Graham Democratic Charlotte Mecklenburg
41 James Forrester Republican Stanley Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln
42 Austin Allran Republican Hickory Catawba, Iredell
43 David W. Hoyle Democratic Dallas Gaston
44 Jim Jacumin Republican Connelly Springs Burke, Caldwell
45 Steve Goss Democratic Boone Alexander, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes
46 Debbie Clary Republican Shelby Cleveland, Rutherford
47 Joe Sam Queen Democratic Waynesville Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey
48 Tom Apodaca Republican Hendersonville Buncombe, Henderson, Polk
49 Martin Nesbitt, Jr. Democratic Asheville Buncombe
50 John Snow Democratic Murphy Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania

See also


  1. ^ Nesbitt was elected majority leader Nov. 17, 2009, replacing Tony Rand, who had resigned.
  2. ^ Walters was appointed to replace Sen. David F. Weinstein, who resigned Sept. 30, 2009.
  3. ^ Blue was appointed to replace Sen. Vernon Malone, who died April 18, 2009.

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