Go For The Gold:
Two top legislators have resigned from the General Assembly to start new careers: as lobbyists.
Harold Brubaker, former House Speaker and top appropriations leader in the 2011-12 Legislature, two months ago announced his resignation to open a lobbying operation with his son. Brubaker was the longest-serving member of the House and was in his 18th term. Sen. Richard Stevens, a senior appropriations chair in the Senate, resigned in earlier this month and soon after announced he is joining a Raleigh lobbying firm.
Both are Republicans whose party controls both chambers in the General Assembly. Polls suggest the GOP will maintain control in upcoming sessions due to redistricting. As top leaders, Brubaker and Stevens are likely to attract major clients in banking, healthcare, insurance, and utilities. Stevens and Brubaker will earn much more than the average $50,000 earned by legislators, including salary and per diem.