- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The woman who has been the chief administrator of the North Carolina House for more than 20 years will soon step down.

Principal Clerk Denise Weeks announced Wednesday that she plans to retire effective May 1.

Weeks has been principal clerk since 1993 and has worked for nearly 40 years in the chamber, starting as an assistant calendar clerk back in 1977.

House members praised her on the chamber floor Thursday as the General Assembly reconvened a special redistricting session. The representatives elect the principal clerk.

Weeks is remembered for presiding over the chamber for a week in 2003 when a majority of House members failed to coalesce around a candidate for speaker.

The House ultimately approved a power-sharing agreement between Democrat Jim Black and Republican Richard Morgan.

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