North Carolina Senate
North Carolina Senate
|North Carolina General Assembly|
New session started
|January 9, 2019|
President pro tempore
Length of term
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
North Carolina Legislative Building
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
|North Carolina Constitution|
The North Carolina Senate is the upper chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly, which along with the North Carolina House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprises the state legislature of North Carolina.
The Senate's 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.
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."
(shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of 2015–16 legislature||34||16||50||0|
|Beginning of previous (2017–18) legislature||35||15||50||0|
|End of previous (2017–18) legislature|
|Beginning of current (2019–20) legislature||29||21||50||0|
|January 14, 2019||28||49||1|
|January 31, 2019||29||50||0|
|January 7, 2020||20||49||1|
|April 1, 2020||21||50||0|
|Latest voting share||58%||42%|
|North Carolina Senate Officers|
|Lieutenant Governor / President of the Senate||Dan Forest||Republican|
|President Pro Tempore||Philip E. Berger||Republican|
|Deputy President Pro Tempore||Ralph Hise||Republican|
|Majority Leader||Harry Brown||Republican|
|Majority Whip||Jerry W. Tillman||Republican|
|Joint Majority Caucus Leader||Norman W. Sanderson||Republican|
|Minority Leader||Dan Blue||Democratic|
|Minority Whip||Jay Chaudhuri||Democratic|
|Minority Caucus Secretary||Ben Clark||Democratic|
This article is missing information about officeholder residences..February 2019)(
- ↑: Member was originally appointed to fill the remainder of an unexpired term.
Past composition of the Senate
- Republican Louis Pate (District 7) resigned due to health issues. Horsch, Lauren (January 15, 2019). "Republicans will choose a new state senator after Louis Pate retires a week into term". News & Observer. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Republican Jim Perry was appointed to District 7. Herring, Steve (January 29, 2019). "GOP picks Perry for Senate vacancy". Goldsboro News-Argus. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Democrat Floyd McKissick Jr. (District 20) resigned to join the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Fain, Travis (January 6, 2020). "McKissick leaves Senate for Utilities Commission". WRAL. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
- Democrat Natalie Murdock was appointed to District 20. McDonald, Thomasi (April 2, 2020). "Natalie Murdock Appointed to State Senate Seat". INDY Week.
- North Carolina Senate Leadership