The victorious Republican majority in the North Carolina House of Representatives has selected leaders for the 2017-18 sessions. And, as expected, Rep. Tim Moore of Shelby again will serve as Speaker of the House. His re-election by the caucus was unanimous.
Rep. John Bell IV of Goldsboro is the Majority Leader, continuing the role he assumed by the unexpected resignation of Rep. Mike Hager of Rutherfordton who left the General Assembly. The Majority Whip is Rep. Jon Hardister of Greensboro whose family owned a hosiery company in Morganton. Hardister is starting his third term and is seen as a rising star in the GOP ranks. Rep. John Szoka of Fayetteville will chair the 74-member GOP House caucus.