Monday numbers: A closer look at the make up of the new General Assembly

By: - January 23, 2023 6:00 am

Who did North Carolina voters send to Raleigh this year for the new legislative session?

We know that Republicans made gains in the November election and now hold 30 of 50 seats in the Senate and 71 of 120 in the House, but here is a by-the-numbers look at some additional details about who is representing us in Raleigh, according to documents filed by the House and Senate clerks.  

The House 

25 – Number of newly elected legislators: 13 Democrats and 12 Republicans

2 – Number members who have returned to the legislature after breaks in their respective terms. Stephen Ross, a Republican from Alamance County, is back after defeating Ricky Hurtado in November. Hurtado, a Democrat, defeated Ross in 2020 to become the legislature’s sole Latino lawmaker last session. However, this session the legislature has no Latino members.  

Democrat Tricia Cotham of Mecklenburg returned to the House after having previously served from 2007-2016.  

33 – Number of members who are women: 25 Democrats and eight Republicans. One House member, Sarah Crawford, a Wake Democrat, was elected to the chamber last year after serving a term in the state Senate. 

Rep. Julia C. Howard (R – Davie Co.)

26 – Number of members who are Black: 25 are Democrats and one, Ken Fontenot of Wilson County, is Republican. Fontenot is the first Black member of the Republican House caucus since Pearl Burris Floyd of Gaston County served a term from 2009-2011.  

2 – Number of members who are Asian American: Democrats Ya Liu and Maria Cervania of Wake County 

1 – Number of members who are American Indian: Jarrod Lowery of Robeson County 

18 – Number of terms served by Davie County Republican Julia Howard, the longest-serving House member  

19 – Number of House members who reported military experience.  

The Senate 

6 – Number of senators who are new to the legislature, three Democrats and three Republicans

5 – Number of senators, four Democrats and one Republican, who moved over from the House

1 – Number who have returned after previously departing. Republican Buck Newton of Wilson County was first elected in 2010 and served through 2016, when he ran unsuccessfully for state Attorney General. 

Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue (D-Wake Co.)

17 – Number of senators who are women, 13 Democrats and four Republicans

9 – Number of senators who are Black, all Democrats  

2 – Number of senators who are Indian-American: Democrats Jay Chaudhuri of Wake and Mujtaba Mohammed of Mecklenburg 

14 – Number of senators who listed their occupation as attorney, the occupation most frequently recorded 

6 – Number of senators reporting experience in the military 

21 – Senate Democratic leader, Dan Blue of Wake, is the state’s longest serving legislator. He’s logging in with a total of 21 House and Senate terms. Blue spent most of his legislative career in the House and is a former House speaker.  

12 – Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger is in his 12th term and is the longest serving member who has spent his entire legislative career in that chamber.  

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Lynn Bonner
Lynn Bonner

Investigative Reporter Lynn Bonner covers the state legislature and politics, as well as elections, the state budget, public and mental health, safety net programs and issues of racial equality.