Representative Cunningham Resigns From NC House

State Representative Pete Cunningham has resigned from the General Assembly.

The 78-year-old Cunningham is serving his 11th term in the House. Cunningham says in a statement he enjoyed his time as a lawmaker but that it was time for him to retire. He officially resigned Monday.

Cunningham was a close colleague to then-Speaker Jim Black, receiving the title "assistant to the speaker" when Black rose to the chamber's top spot in 1999. Cunningham kept the assistant's post when Joe Hackney was elected speaker last year.

Black is now serving a federal prison sentence.