February 2, 2012

During the course of his thirty-two year tenure, Joe Hackney has enjoyed the support of the House Democratic Caucus in being chosen House Democratic Leader (January 2011), Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives (2007-2010), House Democratic Leader (one term), House Majority Leader (one term) and Speaker Pro Tempore (two terms).

Representative Hackney has been one of the General Assembly’s leading advocates for openness in government and ethics and lobbying reform, and has worked indefatigably to benefit not just the people of Orange and Chatham counties but all North Carolinians, on issues ranging from civil rights to education to environment to business.

Among a long list of accomplishments, Hackney has shepherded the passage of the School Violence Prevention Act as well as the Racial Justice Act, and has shielded North Carolina’s education system from drastic and damaging cuts.  

Although we shall miss Joe Hackney’s passion, dedication, and integrity, the Democratic faithful can rest assured that this staunch champion of the people will continue to fight against the depredations of the GOP agenda, and will help guide legislative Democrats to victory in 2012. We thank him fo rhis service.


Below is Rep. Hackney's statement.

"I have decided that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the North Carolina  House of Representatives this year. 

At the end of this term, I look forward to a more predictable schedule for my family, my law practice, my family farm, and for the recreational activities I've been missing. 

I will serve out the remainder of my term with enthusiasm.  As Minority Leader, I will work actively this year for a Democratic majority and a new Democratic Speaker for the NC House in 2013; I will continue to assist our candidates' campaigns and will actively raise money for them, as I have in the past.

I am very grateful to the voters of Chatham, Orange, (and more recently a small part of Moore) who gave me the high privilege of representing them in matters of public policy for 32 years; to the members of the House who elected me Speaker Pro Tem, Majority Leader, Speaker, and Minority Leader; and to the legislators across America who elected me as President  of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  I enjoyed all of it immensely, and gave it my all. I think I made a contribution. 

I have been fortunate to have the assistance of able and dedicated legislative staff throughout this time, and I do not have words sufficient to express how appreciative I am for their dedication to our State.

Betsy, Dan and Will have been unfailingly supportive, as have my law partners, and my brother Jack at the farm, and I thank them for their sacrifices."


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