The perception that the N.C. Legislature is a retirement home for lethargic lawmakers does not match reality. Between 2010 and 2014 some 37 of 50 senators left.
Some died. Some were defeated in re-election bids. Most simply retired. Of course the Republican revolution took place at this time, prompting some prominent Democrats to leave, including President Pro-Tem Marc Basnight. Next year more veterans will be gone, among them Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apadoca, Sen.Stan Bingham, Sen. Bob Rucho, Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, and Sen. Buck Newton.
Out of the class of 2010, only Sens. Phil Berger, Harry Brown, Don Davis and Floyd McKissick Jr. will return … they are unopposed in their re-election bid.