Source: NC Policy Watch
Following the November election, the makeup of the North Carolina General Assembly has shifted.
For Republicans, they now hold 30 of 50 seats in the Senate and 71 of 120 in the House. However, Democrats hold a slight majority in the House, with 13 legislators holding seats versus Republicans’ 12 legislators.
This election also brought forth historical wins, as based on General Assembly library records that go back to 1921, Democrats put more women than men in the legislature.
This is the first time one political party has achieved this within either chamber of the legislature, with 25 Democrats and eight Republican women elected to the state House in November’s elections.
N.C. Policy Watch has additional breakdown numbers, with the General Assembly having 26 Black House members; 25 are Democrats, and one, Ken Fontenot of Wilson County, is Republican.
2 – Number of House members who are Asian American: Democrats Ya Liu and Maria Cervania of Wake County
19 – Number of House members who reported military experience.
6 – Number of senators who are new to the legislature, three Democrats and three Republicans
5 – Number of senators, four Democrats and one Republican, who moved over from the House
17 – Number of senators who are women, 13 Democrats and four Republicans
9 – Number of senators who are Black, all Democrats
2 – Number of senators who are Indian-American: Democrats Jay Chaudhuri of Wake and Mujtaba Mohammed of Mecklenburg
6 – Number of senators reporting experience in the military
21 – Senate Democratic leader, Dan Blue of Wake, is the state’s longest-serving legislator. He’s logging in with a total of 21 House and Senate terms. Blue spent most of his legislative career in the House and is a former House speaker.