The Senate will convene with two new faces. Dan Soucek of Boone and Josh Stein of Raleigh resigned earlier this year, Stein to run for N.C. Attorney General. Stein will be opposed by another Senator, Buck Newton of Wilson who is serving his term. Chris Ergo, former heard of Equality NC, an LGBT activist organization, joins the House for the first time, replacing the late Ralph Johnson. The partisan make-up in the General Assembly does not change.