- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Senate Republicans want to keep Phil Berger their chamber’s leader for another two years.

The Senate GOP caucus meeting Thursday in Raleigh agreed to nominate the Eden attorney as president pro tempore when the legislature reconvenes Jan. 14. Berger’s victory is all but assured since 34 of the Senate’s 50 seats are held by Republicans.

Berger joined the Senate in 2001 and has been pro tem since 2011, when Republicans took over the chamber for the first time in more than a century.

A party spokesman said the caucus also re-elected Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville as majority leader and Sen. Jerry Tillman of Archdale as majority whip.

Sen. Louis Pate of Mount Olive was nominated by the caucus to remain deputy pro tem, a largely ceremonial role.

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