Lisa Barnes

Lisa Stone Barnes is sworn in to the state Senate by Judge Quentin Sumner as her husband, Johnny Barnes, watches Wednesday at the Nash County Courthouse.

State Sen. Lisa Stone Barnes was sworn into the Senate Wednesday by Judge Quentin Sumner at the Nash County Courthouse.

Barnes now represents Senate District 11, comprised of Nash and Johnston counties.

The General Assembly will be sworn in Wednesday in Raleigh.

“This ceremony holds a special significance to my family and me,” Barnes said. “We have a tradition of celebrating Epiphany on Jan. 6, and it is the same date that Judge Paul Newby swore me into the N.C. House two years ago.”

Barnes previously served as a state representative and a Nash County commissioner. During the 2021 legislative session, she will be serving on four committees: education, agriculture appropriations, healthcare, and agriculture, energy & environment.

Barnes said she is looking forward to serving on these committees and quickly getting to work in Raleigh.

“My first priority will be to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed efficiently, quickly and fairly to all North Carolinians,” she said. “We need to streamline this process so we can swiftly and safely reopen the state’s economy and get rid of these overbearing restrictions.”

For live updates about COVID-19 relief efforts and state legislation in the region, follow Barnes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @LisaStoneBarnes.