Johnathan Rhyne, the former state representative for Lincoln County, has been appointed by N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis to serve on the board of directors for the state’s Golden L.E.A.F. (Long-Term Economic Advancement) Foundation.
Rhyne, who resigned his post after moving outside of the 97th District last year, served as a member of the N.C. House of Representatives from 1985 through 1992 and from 2009 through August 2011. He was House Minority Leader from 1989 through 1992.
Rhyne is currently an attorney with The Jonas Law Firm, P.L.L.C. and serves as chairman of the board of directors of Carolina Trust Bank.
The Golden L.E.A.F. Foundation was created in 1999 by the North Carolina legislature in order to administer one-half of the state’s share of the Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers, in accordance with the court consent decree between North Carolina and the manufacturers.
The nonprofit organization strives to strengthen the state’s long-term economy through diverse grantsmaking, with priority areas including agriculture, job creation and retention and work force preparedness.
“I am delighted to have this opportunity to continue in service to the people of North Carolina,” Rhyne said in a statement released. “Particularly in these challenging economic times, it is refreshing to know that this organization will have an important role in making life better for many of our citizens.”
The foundation also supports projects that provide educational opportunities and increase economic vitality.
To fulfill its purpose, Golden L.E.A.F. makes grants to government entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits. Currently, the organization has funded 1,090 grants, totaling more than $487 million.