Rep. Johnson Named Chairman of
Technology Appropriations, Vice-Chair of Appropriations
Raleigh, NC — Last week, State Representative Jake Johnson was officially sworn-in and seated on the House floor to serve the people of House District 113 which includes Polk, Henderson and Transylvania counties. This will be Johnson’s first full term; he had previously been appointed to fill the vacant seat in August of 2019. He will return as the youngest member of the General Assembly at age 26.
Shortly after being sworn in, Representative Johnson was appointed by Speaker Tim Moore to serve as the sole Chairman of the Technology Appropriations Committee. This is a committee that plays a significant role in the development of the State’s budget. Last budget cycle the Technology Appropriations Committee was responsible for roughly $1.6 Billion of the $25 billion overall budget. When asked about his recent appointment, Rep. Johnson said “I would like to thank the voters of district 113 for the opportunity to serve them in the General Assembly and thank Speaker Moore for trusting me with this new role. I look forward to working together with my colleagues from both parties to develop a budget that makes a real and positive impact on peoples’ lives in my district, and across the state. The current situation with Covid has highlighted how important it is to provide quality internet access to rural areas, which we will make a top priority. I plan to use my new position to make North Carolina a better place to live, work and learn for generations to come.”
By virtue of this appointment, Rep. Johnson will also be elevated to Vice-Chairman of the overall House Appropriations Committee. When asked for comment, House Sr. Appropriations Chairman Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) said, “Elevating Rep. Johnson to this position is an indicator of how well he is respected within the NC House. We are looking to him because of his willingness to lead on innovation and to think outside of the box. He is a principled Representative who we trust to help make the tough decisions when putting together the overall budget.”
The House also held elections for Speaker last week with Rep. Tim Moore being elected to his 4th term as Speaker. He was elected with unanimous support with all Republican and Democrat members present voting in favor. He announced the House would reconvene for long session on January 27th, 2021. Full committee assignments are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
Have a great weekend,
Representative Jake Johnson