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Number of lawyers in legislature ticks up in 2019

The ranks of the lawyer-legislators in the General Assembly increased slightly in both chambers for the new 2019-2020 session, according to an analysis by the North Carolina State Bar’s legislative committee.

There are 14 attorneys in the Senate this session, one more than last session. Natasha Marcus and Mujtaba Mohammed of Mecklenburg County and Wiley Nickel and Sam Searcy of Wake County are the lawyers among this year’s freshman class.

The state House also saw a net gain of one attorney, for a total of 22. Sydney Batch, Terrence Everitt, and Julie von Haefen of Wake County and Rachel Hunt and Brandon Lofton of Mecklenburg County are the newcomers. All of the newcomer attorneys in both chambers are Democrats.

Although the number of attorneys in the legislature is higher than it has been in either of the last two sessions, the figures are still somewhat low by historical standards. The legislative committee’s numbers include attorneys who are inactive or licensed to practice law in other states.

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