State representative Jason Saine was named the most effective freshman member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in a study released Tuesday by the NC Center for Public Policy Research.
Saine came in 31st overall, placing him just shy of the top 25 percent of the state’s 120 representatives.
“The effectiveness rating is very humbling,” Saine, a Republican, said in an email.
“To learn that your colleagues, media and those who interact regularly with the General Assembly think that well of you. That means a great deal to me. I also believe this bodes well for Lincoln County citizens in terms of being their voice at the legislature.”
The biennial study was compiled through surveys distributed to legislators, lobbyists and members of the media who cover state government, according to a release from the NCCPPR. Survey recipients were asked to rank legislators from 1-10 based on “participation in committee work, their skill at guiding bills through committee and floor debate, their general knowledge and expertise in special fields, the respect they command from peers, their ethics, the enthusiasm with which they execute various legislative responsibilities, the political power they hold (by virtue of office, longevity, or personal skills), their ability to sway the opinion of fellow legislators, and their aptitude for the overall legislative process.
Saine, who is facing a challenge from Lincolnton Democrat Rosemary Hubbard in November’s general election, said he believes a willingness to work with members of both parties and explore other perspectives has helped him be an effective member of the General Assembly.
“I’ve found that being able to work with members of both parties and understanding the viewpoints of others who I may not agree with helps make for better legislation and has helped me personally be effective,” he said. “My goal has always been to be effective and to represent our county well. With Republican supermajorities in both the Senate and the House, my re-election would certainly help make sure the needs of the citizens of Lincoln County are met.”
State senator David Curtis, whose district includes the entirety of Lincoln County, was ranked 45th effectiveness, out of the state’s 49 senators.
Sen. Phil Berger and Rep. Thom Tillis, a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kay Hagan, took the top spots in their respective chambers of the General Assembly.