RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Representative-Elect Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) has been nominated to serve as Freshman Whip for the 2017-18 session of the North Carolina General Assembly. House Speaker Tim Moore's office announced the nominations. As Freshman Whip, Jones will be responsible for assisting party leadership and mobilizing Republican members for important party measures coming up for vote.
Jones will succeed Ken Waddell as the representative from the 46th District, which covers all of Columbus and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties in the state House of Representatives. Jones defeated Tim Benton and Tom Howell, Jr. in the General Election.
The House Republican caucus unanimously nominated Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to be Speaker of the House of Representatives. Moore served in that capacity in the 2015-16 session. According to the Speaker's office, Republicans also nominated Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry) to serve as Speaker Pro Tem and elected Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne) to serve as its Majority Leader. Rep. Steven Ross (R-Alamance) will serve as Deputy Majority Leader, Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland) will serve as Conference Chair, Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) will serve as Majority Whip, Representative-Elect Destin Hall (R-Caldwell) will serve as Freshman Leader.
"I am grateful for the opportunity and honored to have the unanimous support of House Republicans," Speaker Moore said in a statement. "We have an outstanding group of freshmen-elects and new leaders stepping up in the House, and I can't wait to get to work with them in the months ahead. The strength of the House Republican supermajority lies not in our numbers but in the incredible character and dedication of my fellow members who serve the citizens of North Carolina."
The General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 11, 2017.