- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Democratic leader in the North Carolina House for the past four years says he’s not seeking the position again for the next regular General Assembly session that begins next month.

Minority Leader Larry Hall of Durham said in an interview that he’s trying to keep a commitment not to serve beyond two two-year terms. The 46 Democrats serving in the 2017 session will meet early next week to choose his successor.

Hall has been the chief spokesman for the House Democrats as Republicans have held a veto-proof majority and while Pat McCrory was governor. Hall’s successor could have more legislative influence given that Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper will take office Jan. 1.

The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported Hall’s announcement this week to fellow Democrats.

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