On January 7, 2020, North Carolina State Senator Floyd McKissick (D) resigned his seat after representing Senate District 20 for 13 years. McKissick stepped down to accept an appointment to the North Carolina Utilities Commission made by Gov. Roy Cooper (D).
The North Carolina Utilities Commission is a seven-person executive board in the North Carolina state government. The commission is in charge of regulating the rates and services of public utilities. It is the oldest regulatory body in the state.
In North Carolina, the governor fills vacancies in the state Senate from a list of recommended candidates submitted by the political party committee that last held the vacant seat.
Before his appointment to the North Carolina Utilities Commission, McKissick served as the Chairman of the Durham County Democratic Party, a member of the Durham City Council, and a member of the Durham City Board of Adjustments. McKissick is also a partner at McKissick and McKissick, a Durham law firm.
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