- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - General Assembly members are praising the late Sen. Martin Nesbitt as a fighter for the little guy who respected everyone he met and cared about making North Carolina a better place.

The Senate and House voted Tuesday for a resolution honoring the Buncombe County Democrat who died in March at age 67 from cancer.

Nesbitt was Senate minority leader until just before he died. He initially joined the House in 1979 to succeed his mother and ultimately became the chamber’s budget chairman. He moved to the Senate in 2004.

Current Minority Leader Dan Blue says Nesbitt made clear a vision for the state - one that included giving mountain residents a fair shake. Nesbitt’s relatives listened in the gallery as others recalled his oratory and involvement in stock car racing.

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