A familiar face tapped to take Dan Bishop’s seat in the NC Senate

As former Senator Dan Bishop heads to Congress, Mecklenburg County Republicans have turned to former House Representative Rob Bryan to represent the people of the 39th district.

Bryan currently serves on the UNC Board of Governors. He also advocated for a controversial charter school takeover plan of struggling public schools during his previous stint in the legislature.

Here’s more on Bryan’s selection from the Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill:

Former state Rep. Rob Bryan could soon be Senator Bryan.

“I’m excited to serve the people living in the 39th,” Bryan told the Observer. “I look forward to being back in the legislature and working on issues important to the district.”

Bryan, a former two-term House member, serves on the UNC Board of Governors and once chaired the Mecklenburg Republican Party. He’s an attorney who left a job as chief development officer for Cardinal Innovations health care in May and now runs his own consulting company.

GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Thursday endorsed Bryan for the seat.

In a statement, state GOP Chairman Michael Whatley said, “Bryan has a proven conservative record as a state House member and will undoubtedly bring the same effective leadership to the Senate on behalf of his constituents.”

Bryan will serve out Bishop’s term through 2020 in southeast Mecklenburg District 39.

But lawmakers just drew new districts that would put him in Senate District 37, which is currently held by Democratic Sen. Jeff Jackson.

If a panel of judges approves the districts, Bryan would have to file in the new district in December and could face Jackson, who’s expected to run for re-election.

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