For being awarded the 2007 Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award.
Each year, National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Legislative Leadership Foundation honor a leader who has shown commitment to protecting and strengthening the institution of the state legislature. Speaker Hackney has truly done that. His leadership has reinforced the foundation of the North Carolina House and it is now a more effective body," said NCSL Executive Director Bill Pound. "We are pleased to spotlight his diligence and statesmanship with this award. In addition to championing new ethics and lobbying legislation, he is also credited with fostering greater openness in the legislative process of North Carolina by better use of the committee system.