McInnis takes oath of office in Raleigh

Staff report

* Jan. 3 swearing-in at Ellerbe Middle School

RALEIGH — Members of the North Carolina Senate returned to Raleigh Wednesday morning to begin their 2015 legislative session with a swearing in ceremony.

Sen. Tom McInnis (R-Richmond County) was joined on the Senate floor by his wife Janice, daughter Mary Anne Meacham, son-in-law Jeff Meacham, and his two grandchildren, Will and Olivia.  The oath of office was administered to the assembled senators by North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin.  McInnis had already been sworn in early so that he could get to work right away in the days leading up to his first legislative session.

Submitted photo Sen. Tom McInnis poses for a photo with his grandchildren, Will and Olivia.

Submitted photo
Sen. Tom McInnis poses for a photo with his grandchildren, Will and Olivia.

McInnis was sworn in on Jan. 3 for his first two-year term representing District 25. Since then, McInnis has been hard at work. In the past week, he has attended the Anson Hospital meeting on Medicaid, UNC Chapel Hill Senate Education Orientation and the Educational Caucus in Kannapolis.

“In attending the State Senate Orientation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Government, I learned the process of taking an idea to the signing of a new law. We were taught by the best instructors that I have ever worked with. While we were given an immense amount of information in a short period of time it was a valuable learning experience. As I reflect on the total orientation, I am confident that I am prepared to go to Raleigh and be an effective member of the State Senate.”

McInnis was also appointed on Wednesday to the Agriculture/Environmental/Natural Resources Committee, Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources Committee, Commerce Committee, Judiciary II Committee, Finance Committee and Program Evaluation Committee by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).

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