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 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 Norman W. Sanderson (Co-Chairman) – Carteret, Craven and Pamlico
Senator Andrew C. Brock – Davie, Iredell and Rowan
Senator Josh Stein – Wake
Senator Jeff Tarte – Mecklenburg
Senator Mike Woodard – Caswell, Durham and Person
Speaker Tim Moore – Cleveland

Appropriations Committee

Representative Nelson Dollar (Senior Chairman) – Wake
Representative Linda P. Johnson (Chairman) – Cabarrus
Representative Donny Lambeth (Chairman) – Forsyth
Representative Chuck McGrady (Chairman) – Henderson

Appropriations Sub-Committee on General Government

Representative Rayne Brown (Chairman) – Davidson
Representative George Cleveland (Chairman) – Onslow
Representative Dennis Riddell (Chairman) – Alamance
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 Gale Adcock – Wake
Representative John Ager – Buncombe
Representative Joe Sam Queen – Haywood, Jackson and Swain
Representative Sam Watford – Davidson


Senate Education Committee


Co-Chairman:   Sen. Dan Soucek       Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga
Co-Chairman:   Sen. Jerry W. Tillman       Moore, Randolph
Vice Chairman:   Sen. David L. Curtis       Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln
Members:   Sen. Tom Apodaca       Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania
    Sen. Chad Barefoot       Franklin, Wake
    Sen. Tamara Barringer       Wake
    Sen. Stan Bingham       Davidson, Montgomery
    Sen. Harry Brown       Jones, Onslow
    Sen. Angela R. Bryant       Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren, Wilson
    Sen. Ben Clark       Cumberland, Hoke
    Sen. Bill Cook       Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare,
Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans
    Sen. Warren Daniel       Burke, Cleveland
    Sen. Don Davis       Greene, Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne
    Sen. Valerie P. Foushee       Chatham, Orange
    Sen. Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr.       Cabarrus, Union
    Sen. Joyce Krawiec       Forsyth, Yadkin
    Sen. E. S. (Buck) Newton       Johnston, Nash, Wilson
    Sen. Louis Pate       Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne
    Sen. Ronald J. Rabin       Harnett, Johnston, Lee
    Sen. Gladys A. Robinson       Guilford
    Sen. Bob Rucho       Mecklenburg
    Sen. Jane W. Smith       Columbus, Robeson
    Sen. Josh Stein       Wake
    Sen. Jeff Tarte       Mecklenburg
    Sen. Trudy Wade       Guilford
    Sen. Andy Wells       Alexander, Catawba
    Sen. Mike Woodard       Caswell, Durham, Person


House Education Committee (K-12)


Chairman:   Representative Jeffrey Elmore       Alleghany, Wilkes
Chairman:   Representative D. Craig Horn       Union
Chairman:   Representative Linda P. Johnson       Cabarrus
Vice Chairman:   Representative Tricia Ann Cotham       Mecklenburg
Vice Chairman:   Representative Edward Hanes, Jr.       Forsyth
Members:   Representative John Ager       Buncombe
    Representative Rob Bryan       Mecklenburg
    Representative George G. Cleveland       Onslow
    Representative Jimmy Dixon       Duplin, Wayne
    Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield       Pitt, Wilson
    Representative Susan C. Fisher       Buncombe
    Representative Rick Glazier       Cumberland
    Representative Charles Graham       Robeson
    Representative Jon Hardister       Guilford
    Representative Pat B. Hurley       Randolph
    Representative Frank Iler       Brunswick
    Representative Bert Jones       Caswell, Rockingham
    Representative Donny Lambeth       Forsyth
    Representative James H. Langdon, Jr.       Johnston
    Representative Chris Malone       Wake
    Representative Graig R. Meyer       Durham, Orange
    Representative Larry G. Pittman       Cabarrus
    Representative Bobbie Richardson       Franklin, Nash
    Representative Dennis Riddell       Alamance
    Representative Paul Stam       Wake
    Representative Rena W. Turner       Iredell
    Representative Chris Whitmire       Henderson, Polk, Transylvania


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.