Hager slated for Majority Whip
In just his second term in the North Carolina House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Hager has found himself in one of the top leadership positions.
On Saturday, during a meeting of the GOP House Caucus at High Point University, Hager, R-Rutherfordton, was unanimously voted to the position of House Republican Majority Whip.
"It feels good that my 77-vote majority put their faith and trust in me to be part of the leadership team that will move North Carolina forward," Hager said.
The responsibilities of the Majority Whip include procuring votes on competitive pieces of legislation, ensuring vote counts and working with both Republicans and Democrats to earn votes on specific bills.
The Majority Whip is the fifth-highest ranking position in the North Carolina House.
"The Whip's position is to make sure that our Caucus stays together," Hager said. "We will work on getting to know each other and building our team and building trust with one another."
In addition to Hager's appointment, the House Republican Caucus also elected Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam (R-Wake) as the House Speaker Pro-Tem; Rep. Edgar Starnes (R-Caldwell) as the Majority Leader for the Caucus; Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg) as the House Republican Conference leader — a newly-created role in the Republican leadership; Rep.-elect Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) as the Republican Freshman leader — the position Hager held previously — and; Rep.-elect Dean Arp (R-Union) as the Republican Freshman Whip.
Earlier this month, House Republicans elected Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) back to his position as Speaker of the House.
"I am confident in the abilities of our leadership team," Tillis said in a statement. "With out leaders in place, we can make progress toward organizing the House quickly to ensure an efficient and effective 2013 session."
Hager said that the upcoming long session has the potential to "transform this state with what we can do in the next two years."
"We need to deliver an economy in North Carolina that is thriving and puts people back to work in North Carolina," Hager said. "That is the most important thing we have to do."
The House will hold its opening day on Jan. 9, 2013 in Raleigh.
"We'll touch on a little bit of every thing," Hager said. "But, I think what you will see is more economic issues and less social issues."