RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says he attended the opening session of the General Assembly to show respect for the Legislature and to show that running state government will be a team effort.
McCrory watched from the Senate gallery Wednesday morning as senators were sworn in for their two-year terms. They unanimously elected Phil Berger of Eden as Senate leader for a second term. The new governor also plans to attend the House session later Wednesday.
McCrory’s visit was unusual. Recent Democratic governors rarely visited the Legislative Building beyond giving the State of the State address. McCrory and Republican legislative leaders have talked about working together.
The General Assembly is meeting for one day to elect leaders and will reconvene Jan. 30 to get down to business.
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