RALEIGH – Senator Benton Sawrey was sworn into the North Carolina Senate, January 11. Lt. Governor Mark Robinson presided over ceremonies, swearing in the Senate for the 2023 biennium.
Lt. Governor Robinson is the first African American Lieutenant Governor in the state’s history. Senator Sawrey said, “Lt. Governor’s Robinson passion and life story speaks to the lived experiences of many North Carolinians. It will pleasure to work with him this term.”
Senator Sawrey went further expounding on the expectations of his new role in the state Senate, “It is an honor to serve the people of Johnston County. Today, my family and I got to be a part of the democratic process. I want to acknowledge the many great conservative leaders that have served in Raleigh including Rep. Leo Daughtry, Rep. Billy Creech, Sen. Fred Smith, Rep. J.H. Langdon and Congressman David Rouzer. We are going to work hard with a humble attitude to move Johnston County forward and make life better for its citizens every day.”
Sawrey cast his first vote Wednesday, electing Senator Phil Berger as President Pro Tempore. Sawrey was enthusiastic about working with Sen. Berger saying, “He is one of the most effective conservative leaders in the history of North Carolina.”
Sen. Berger outlined his position on the new session saying, “While the voters returned a Republican supermajority to this chamber, endorsing the conservative policies that have restored North Carolina as the leader in the Southeast, I believe we can achieve a
shared goal of moving North Carolina forward. Despite any disagreements, we owe it to the people of this great state to work tirelessly for them.”
The first day of the new session is January 25, 2023.