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Bell reelected as NC House majority leader

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RALEIGH — State Rep. John Bell, R-Wayne, will serve a fourth term as House majority leader when the General Assembly reconvenes next year. 

The N.C. House Republican Caucus unanimously reelected Bell to the leadership post during a Monday meeting. 

“I couldn’t be more proud of the tremendous amount of work that each one of our candidates put in this election cycle to not only keep control of the N.C. House, but expand our majority for the first time since 2012,” Bell said in a news release. “Going forward, we are now positioned to build on the past decade of successful conservative reforms and continue making North Carolina a better place for all.”

Republican lawmakers chose House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, to continue in his role for the legislature’s 2021-22 biennium. The entire House will formally vote to appoint the speaker in January.

Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Surry, will serve as Moore’s speaker pro tempore and Rep. Brenden Jones, R-Columbus, will assist Bell as deputy majority leader. Other members of the House GOP leadership team are Rep. John Szoka, R-Columbus, conference leader; Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, majority whip; and Rep. Pat Hurley, R-Randolph, joint conference leader. 

Committee appointments for the 2021 session haven’t been announced. 

Bell has served as majority leader since 2016. A Mount Olive native who now lives in Goldsboro, Bell represents portions of Wayne, Johnston and Greene counties in House District 10.