Brock will resign from N.C. Senate to take new position

Published 9:30 am Thursday, June 29, 2017

By Josh Bergeron – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — State Sen. Andrew Brock, R-34, plans to resign his seat in the N.C. General Assembly to take a position on the state’s Board of Review.

On Wednesday night, Brock, a Davie County native, was appointed to the state’s Board of Review by both bodies of the state legislature. The board sits within the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Division of Employment Security. It makes decisions on unemployment benefit claim appeals.

Brock’s appointment was included in House Bill 256, which contained many such appointments to state boards. It passed the N.C. Senate along party lines. The bill received bipartisan support in the N.C. House.

In a text message, Brock stated how the appointment would affect his position in the N.C. Senate.

“I will resign on June 30,” Brock said.

Brock’s resignation will come at the end of the General Assembly’s “long session” and months after starting his eighth term in office. In 2002, he was elected to his first term in the N.C. Senate.

In his new position, Brock would earn an annual salary of more than $120,000, according to a 2016 General Assembly report about the Board of Review. He will serve on the board with Landis native Fred Steen, who was appointed in 2016 by former Gov. Pat McCrory and confirmed by the legislature.

If Brock’s appointment to the Board of Review holds, his first day would be July 1, according to state law. His term would end in 2021.

State law says the governor must submit the name of his or her appointee on or before May 1. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office did not immediately respond to questions about whether Cooper submitted a name before the deadline.

In a case where the governor fails to submit a nomination in time, state law allows the General Assembly to appoint someone.

Once official, Brock’s resignation would trigger a process among Republicans in three counties to fill the state senate seat. The 34th Senate District includes Davie County and parts of Rowan and Iredell counties. The section of Brock’s district in Rowan contains more voters than either Iredell or Davie. As such, Rowan would have the largest say in who fills Brock’s seat.

Votes to replace Brock would be allocated to the Republican parties in each of the three counties based on voter registration numbers.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246