State Representative Joe Hackney has been
elected the new speaker of the House.
Hackney is an Orange County Democrat who was nominated for the
post two weeks ago by other House Democrats to replace outgoing
Speaker Jim Black.
The former majority leader who was credited with unifying the
party while Black had battled legal and ethical questions since
late 2005. The four Democrats whom Hackney beat out for the
speaker's nomination also have come out to support him.
In the Senate, Marc Basnight of Dare County is expected to win a
record eighth two-year term as chamber leader.