Late political giant Basnight remembered by ex-colleagues

Longtime Senate leader Marc Basnight dies
Longtime Senate leader Marc Basnight dies(WRAL)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 9:01 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former colleagues of the late Senate leader Marc Basnight gathered to remember his contributions to North Carolina and view a portrait to hang in the Senate chamber.

Gov. Roy Cooper was among more than 30 former senators who attended a floor meeting Tuesday that passed a resolution in memory of Basnight. He died in December at age 73.

The Outer Banks Democrat served nine two-year terms as Senate president pro tempore, making him the longest-serving head of a legislative body in North Carolina history.

Former colleagues recalled his commitment to higher education, health care and the environment.

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