Rep. Bryan Holloway announced Friday that he will be resigning from the North Carolina House of Representatives immediately to pursue a position with the North Carolina School Boards Association.
Holloway, who served 91st District’s Stokes and Rockingham counties for 11 years, said his main interest had always been improving education.
“I am pleased to announce I will be joining the North Carolina School Boards Association as the Associate Director of Governmental Relations,” he said Friday. “I will be starting on Monday and will be lobbying for them during the short session as well as helping to communicate with school boards across the state.”
An interim representative will be nominated by the executive committees of the Stokes County and Rockingham County Republican parties. That nominee will serve until the public can elect a new representative in November 2016.
“Since the primary will be in March this year, I told them they should just appoint whoever wins the Republican Primary,” said Holloway.
Holloway said the district office would remain open until an interim representative can be appointed.
“They will be glad to help people with whatever they need,” he said. “Constituents will still be able to get the answers they need.”
“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Stokes and Rockingham Counties the past eleven years,” Holloway said in a press release announcing his resignation. “Throughout my tenure in the North Carolina General Assembly, I was privileged to have served as one of the chief budget writers during the Tillis administration, Chairman of the Education Oversight Committee, and to have been a candidate in the most recent race for Speaker of the North Carolina House. During my years in the legislature, I was able to assist the district with many grants, state appropriations to help build a community college campus, and passed many education bills including School Safety legislation.
“Thank you citizens of the 91st District for allowing me to serve you for more than decade, and may God bless you,” he added.
Speaker of the House Tim Moore was quick to congratulate Holloway on both his service and his future.
“On behalf of all of the Members of the House, we wish Bryan the best in this new endeavor. With great passion, he worked to achieve higher education standards in North Carolina and played a part in securing funding for Teaching Assistants this session,” Speaker Tim Moore stated on Friday. “I look forward to working with Bryan in a new capacity to see our State reach great heights in education.”
King City Manager Homer Dearmin said he would miss working with Holloway.
“Having worked with Bryan in two of Stokes County’s three municipalities, he has always been very responsive,” said Dearmin. “Anytime we needed to call and discuss an issue at the local level he was there. I wish him the best in future endeavors.”
Others expressed surprise over the announcement and noted that the decision would be a loss for the area.
“Honestly, I’m still digesting the news,” said Stokes County Board of Commissioners Chair Ronda Jones. “It is certainly a loss for our county. He did his best to represent us, as well as, his other county.”
State Senator Shirley Randleman, who represents Holloway’s district in the Senate, agreed.
“I considered him a great friend and a great legislator,” said Randleman. “He has had such knowledge of the educational process, he has been such a great asset to the legislature. I hate to see him go.”
Randleman said she was somewhat surprised by the announcement, noting she had just been notified of the announcement from the House clerk’s office moments before being contacted Friday afternoon.
“We have not communicated about it,” she said. “But knowing Bryan, I am sure he has thought this through and is sure he is making the best decision for him and his family. He will be a great asset to the educator’s association. It will be the General Assembly’s loss.
“It will be tough,” she added. “The district will have to go through the selection process and find a replacement. I hope the people in the county know I am available if they have any needs. If anybody has any issues or need help with anything on the state level I am here to help. I will do whatever I can.”
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