N.C. Sen. Thom Goolsby

N.C. Sen. Thom Goolsby

N.C. Sen. Thom Goolsby resigns seat early

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina state senator who didn’t seek re-election this year has decided to resign about five months before his two-year term was to expire.

Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby of Wilmington wrote Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday announcing he was stepping down from his 9th District seat, effective immediately. The defense attorney says he’s proud of conservative fiscal reforms he helped pass during his two terms which he contends contributed to a lower Wilmington-area unemployment rate.

Goolsby wrote that he resigned because the budget-adjusting session of the General Assembly is now over. But lawmakers are considering whether to return to Raleigh for more work this year.

State securities regulators earlier this year revoked Goolsby’s investment adviser registration after complaints about an investment firm of which he was a partner.