Arts North Carolina

Appropriations – Who and How

 

Key Legislators and Contact Information

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

 

Legislators by Committee


NC SENATE
President Pro Tempore Phil Berger

Appropriations/Base Budget Committee

Senator Harry Brown (Co-Chairman)
Senator Peter Brunstetter (Co-Chairman)
Senator Neal Hunt (Co-Chairman)

Appropriations Committee on General Government/Information Technology

Senator Jim Davis (Co-Chairman)
Senator Tommy Tucker (Co-Chairman)
Senator Ben Clark
Senator Norman W. Sanderson
Senator Jeff Tarte
Senator Mike Woodard

 
NC HOUSE
Speaker Thom Tillis

Appropriations Committee

Representative Nelson Dollar (Senior Chairman)
Representative Justin P. Burr (Chairman)
Representative Bryan R. Holloway (Chairman)
Representative Linda Johnson (Chairman)

Appropriations Sub-Committee on General Government

Representative Rayne Brown (Chairman)
Representative George Cleveland (Chairman)
Representative Mark Brody (Vice-Chairman)
Representative Susan Fisher (Vice-Chairman)
Representative Elmer Floyd (Vice-Chairman)
Representative Larry G. Pittman (Vice-Chairman)
Representative John R. Bell
Representative Carla D. Cunningham
Representative Pricey Harrison
Representative Joe Sam Queen
Representative Dennis Riddell
Representative Stephen M. Ross
Representative Jason Saine
 
 

Legislators by County


Alamance
Representative Dennis Riddell
Representative Stephen M. Ross

 
Anson
Representative Mark Brody

 
Buncombe
Representative Susan Fisher

 
Cabarrus
Representative Linda Johnson
Representative Larry G. Pittman

 
Carteret and Pamlico
Senator Norman W. Sanderson

 
Caswell, Durham and Person
Senator Mike Woodard

 
Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon
Senator Jim Davis

 
Craven
Representative John R. Bell
Senator Norman W. Sanderson

 
Cumberland
Senator Ben Clark
Representative Elmer Floyd

 
Davidson
Representative Rayne Brown

 
Forsyth and Yadkin
Senator Peter Brunstetter

 
Greene, Lenoir and Wayne
Representative John R. Bell

 
            Guilford
President Pro Tempore Phil Berger
Representative Pricey Harrison

 
Haywood, Jackson, and Swain
Senator Jim Davis
Representative Joe Sam Queen

 
Hoke
Senator Ben Clark

 
Jones
Senator Harry Brown

 
Lincoln
Representative Jason Saine

 
Mecklenburg
Senator Jeff Tarte
Speaker Thom Tillis
Representative Carla D. Cunningham

 
Montgomery and Stanly
Representative Justin P. Burr

 
Onslow
Senator Harry Brown
Representative George Cleveland

 
Rockingham and Stokes
Representative Bryan R. Holloway

 
Union
Senator Tommy Tucker
Representative Mark Brody

 
Wake
Senator Neal Hunt
Representative Nelson Dollar

 

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.