North Carolina Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced committee appointments today, and Henderson County Rep. Chuck McGrady got a big promotion. McGrady was named as one of the co-chairs of the House Appropriations Committee. As a co-chair, he will be one of a just a few legislators who will negotiate a final state budget.
“I appointed Chuck McGrady as a co-chair of the Appropriations Committee because he’s a proven leader who helped craft the education budget in the last session,” Moore said. “His new position will give him the opportunity to influence other parts of the budget, including funding for transportation and environmental protection—areas where he also has expertise.”
Last year, McGrady was one of the co-chairs of the Education Appropriations subcommittee, and his influence extended mostly to education issues. In his new position, he’ll be working on the entire budget, including transportation, public safety, human services, environment and education. McGrady will also serve on the Agriculture, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Commerce & Job Development, Education—Universities, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary II and Wildlife Resources committees, while serving as vice-chair of both the Environment and Judiciary II committees.
“I’m gratified by Speaker Moore’s appointment of me as a chair of the full Appropriations Committee. It will give me the ability to work on a wider range of issues for the people of Henderson County,” McGrady said. “My committee assignments also dovetail well with issues of importance in Henderson County,” McGrady noted. “Agriculture plays a huge role in Henderson County, but we also have public lands managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission and are having an increasing interest in alcoholic beverage production, including beer and hard cider.”
Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) is the senior House appropriator, and he praised McGrady’s appointment. “I look forward to working with Chuck on the state budget. He brings knowledge of transportation, education and environmental policy to our budget negotiations,” Dollar said.
McGrady is beginning his third, two-year term in the NC House of Representatives. He represents most of Henderson County, including Hendersonville, Fletcher, Mills River, Laurel Park, Edneyville, Dana, and Bat Cave.