Bryant resigns from N.C. Senate, named to state parole board
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Monday, March 19, 2018
A long-serving local lawmaker has retired to accept appointment to a state commission.
N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, said she has mixed emotions about leaving office.
“I am so appreciative of all the support and votes I have received and will continue to be active in the community on public policy issues,” Bryant said.
Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Bryant on Monday afternoon to the N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission. Salary information wasn't immediately available.
“Angela Bryant has a strong track record of diligent, thoughtful service to our state and I know that will continue in her new role on the Parole Board,” Cooper said.
As a former member of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Bryant worked during her tenure on issues related to offender re-entry, more favorable expunction laws and processes and creating local offender re-entry councils.
Bryant said she will be working to ensure there is a smooth transition to new strong leadership and representation for Senate District 4.
Enter retired Judge Toby Fitch. He's running as a Democrat for the newly redistricted N.C. Senate District 4 and he resides in the current district so he's eligible to be appointed to Bryant's seat.
Bryant said her replacement will be determined by the Democratic Party Senate District 4 Executive Committee made up of two representatives elected by each of the five county party organizations. Acting 1st Congressional District Chairwoman Kim Mack of Halifax County will be leading that process and will probably convene a meeting of that committee within the coming week.
Bryant said she hopes the transitional period will only be a matter of a few weeks at the most.
The redistricting of N.C. Senate District 4, which will be split into three districts with November's election, played a major role in Bryant's decision not to run for re-election. She said the new district is 58 percent Republican and 25 percent black. In essence, she feels she was gerrymandered out of any real chance to run a successful campaign.
Bryant, the chairwoman of the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus, served on the Rocky Mount City Council for three years before being appointed to the N.C. House in 2007. After winning re-election three times, she was appointed to the N.C. Senate. In all, she's spent a dozen years in the N.C. General Assembly.
Bryant's legislative record includes the enactment into law of 53 bills of which she was a primary sponsor. Those laws include the sale of ElectriCities assets to Duke Power, which reduced utility rates in Rocky Mount and dozens of other Eastern North Carolina municipalities.
Bryant said her office worked hard to provide the best possible constituent services along with up-to-date communications on all important issues facing her district.
“We hope you have enjoyed and had your lives and communities enriched by our service, and of course, there is always much more that can and should be done,” Bryant said.
Bryant began her career as an attorney and served as a deputy commissioner on the N.C. Industrial Commission before opening her own consulting firm. Bryant has also served on the UNC Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.