- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A legislator during the 1990s has returned to the North Carolina House as the chamber’s newest member.

Democrat Billy Richardson was seated Tuesday after taking the oath of office from Secretary of State Elaine Marshall on the House floor. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Richardson earlier in the day.

Cumberland County Democrats chose the Fayetteville attorney over the weekend to succeed Rick Glazier, who resigned late last week after more than 12 years in the House to lead the North Carolina Justice Center.

The 60-year-old Richardson previously served two terms in the House, from 1993 to 1996. He also ran unsuccessfully for Congress.

The unusually long General Assembly session allowed Richardson to be seated immediately. Richardson’s wife, children and grandchildren also attended the swearing-in.

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