North Carolina Representative Johnson dies

North Carolina Rep. Linda Johnson (R) died on February 18, 2020, according to a statement released by North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R). Johnson, who served as Chairwoman of the Senior House Appropriations Committee, represented District 82.

Johnson was most recently re-elected to the House in 2018. She previously represented District 83, which became District 82 in the 2018 election due to redistricting. Johnson was first elected to the North Carolina House in 2000.

This is the second vacancy in the General Assembly of North Carolina this year and the first in the state House. The current partisan composition of the North Carolina House of Representatives is 64 Republicans, 55 Democrats, and one vacancy. Vacancies in the North Carolina legislature are filled by gubernatorial appointment.

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