RALEIGH – Republican Majority Leader Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville announced last week that he will not seek reelection.
Brown, who has served eight terms since 2004, made the announcement on a radio station in his district last week, according to a press release Friday from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
“After nearly 16 years in the Senate, I feel like it’s the appropriate time to focus on my family and businesses. When I was first elected, I ran on three things: do something for career and technical education, tax policy and term limits,” Brown said. “With the completion of Onslow County School’s regional skills center and North Carolina’s tax climate being one of the best in the nation, I felt it was time to check off the last goal, so to say.”
Brown has been the lead budget writer in the Senate since 2014.
“I’m thankful for Senator Brown’s leadership in the Senate,” Berger said in the press release. “From day one he’s been dedicated to improving the lives of rural North Carolinians. He’ll be missed by all in the Senate, but I’m happy he’ll have the opportunity to focus on his businesses and spend time with his five grandchildren.”