Arts North Carolina

Key Legislative Committees

Click on the Legislator’s name for complete contact information.


Appropriations Committees

President Pro Tempore Phil Berger – Guilford and Rockingham

Appropriations/Base Budget Committee

Senator Harry Brown (Co-Chairman) – Jones and Onslow
Senator Neal Hunt (Co-Chairman) – Wake
Senator Kathy Harrington (Co-Chairman) – Gaston
Senator Brent Jackson (Co-Chairman) – Duplin, Johnston and Sampson

Appropriations Committee on General Government/Information Technology

Senator Jim Davis (Co-Chairman) – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain
Senator Tommy Tucker (Co-Chairman) – Union
Senator Ben Clark – Cumberland and Hoke
Senator Norman W. Sanderson – Carteret, Craven and Pamlico
Senator Jeff Tarte – Mecklenburg
Senator Mike Woodard – Caswell, Durham and Person
Speaker Thom Tillis – Mecklenburg

Appropriations Committee

Representative Nelson Dollar (Senior Chairman) – Wake
Representative Justin P. Burr (Chairman) – Montgomery and Stanly
Representative Bryan R. Holloway (Chairman) – Rockingham and Stokes
Representative Linda Johnson (Chairman) – Cabarrus
Representative Pat McElraft (Chairman) – Carteret and Jones

Appropriations Sub-Committee on General Government

Representative Rayne Brown (Chairman) – Davidson
Representative George Cleveland (Chairman) – Onslow
Representative Mark Brody (Vice-Chairman) – Anson and Union
Representative Susan Fisher (Vice-Chairman) – Buncombe
Representative Elmer Floyd (Vice-Chairman) – Cumberland
Representative Larry G. Pittman (Vice-Chairman) – Cabarrus
Representative John R. Bell – Craven, Greene, Lenoir and Wayne
Representative Carla D. Cunningham – Mecklenburg
Representative Pricey Harrison – Guilford
Representative Joe Sam Queen – Haywood, Jackson and Swain
Representative Dennis Riddell – Alamance
Representative Stephen M. Ross – Alamance
Representative Jason Saine – Lincoln

Senate Education Committee


Co-Chairman:   Sen. Dan Soucek       Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga
Co-Chairman:   Sen. Jerry W. Tillman       Moore, Randolph
Vice Chairman:   Sen. Chad Barefoot       Franklin, Wake
Members:   Sen. Austin M. Allran       Alexander, Catawba
    Sen. Tom Apodaca       Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania
    Sen. Tamara Barringer       Wake
    Sen. Harry Brown       Jones, Onslow
    Sen. Angela R. Bryant       Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren, Wilson
    Sen. Bill Cook       Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare,
Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans
    Sen. David L. Curtis       Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln
    Sen. Warren Daniel       Burke, Cleveland
    Sen. Don Davis       Greene, Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne
    Sen. Malcolm Graham       Mecklenburg
    Sen. Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr.       Cabarrus, Union
    Sen. Clark Jenkins       Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford,
Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell, Washington
    Sen. E. S. (Buck) Newton       Johnston, Nash, Wilson
    Sen. Earline W. Parmon       Forsyth
    Sen. Louis Pate       Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne
    Sen. Ronald J. Rabin       Harnett, Johnston, Lee
    Sen. Gladys A. Robinson       Guilford
    Sen. Bob Rucho       Mecklenburg
    Sen. Josh Stein       Wake
    Sen. Jeff Tarte       Mecklenburg
    Sen. Trudy Wade       Guilford
    Sen. Mike Woodard       Caswell, Durham, Person


The Legislative Process

It is important to understand how decisions are made and who can influence those decisions at the North Carolina General Assembly.

This section includes Representatives and Senators who are at the core of the budget process. Every two years, North Carolina adopts a biennium budget. The Governor presents his/her budget to the General Assembly, and Legislative Committees typically begin with those recommendations as a starting point.

Grants funding for the North Carolina Arts Council is proposed within the Department of Cultural Resources budget. Cultural Resources is one of 16 agencies included in the General Government Committee.

The House and the Senate rotate starting the budget every two years. The House and Senate General Government Committees often meet jointly to hear presentations from the agencies, then work independently to create a budget. The Committees’ recommendations are presented to the “big chairs” that make the final budget recommendation. Amendments can be made once the budget is presented but before it is adopted. Those items which are not in agreement in the House and Senate budgets are referred to a Conference Committee for resolution.

While the following key legislators are directly involved in arts funding, it is imperative for advocates to develop relationships with all Legislators. Issues are often discussed in party caucus and any Legislator can influence the outcome.

How to use the information: The contact pages include Raleigh and local addresses and phone numbers, email addresses, and social media links. The pages also include grants funding histories for a specific county so that programs can be noted when communicating with legislators. These pages can be distributed to advocates to assist in citizen advocacy.