Majority Leader Mike Hager to resign seat in NC House

Published: Aug. 13, 2016 at 3:26 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2016 at 7:33 PM EDT
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North Carolina House Majority Leader Mike Hager (R-Rutherford)
North Carolina House Majority Leader Mike Hager (R-Rutherford)

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina House Majority Leader Mike Hager (R-Rutherford) will resign his seat in the general assembly on Tuesday.

Hager confirmed his departure Saturday morning after WBTV obtained a memo from the North Carolina Republican Party that said he had already resigned.

DOCUMENT: Click here to see the memo

Although Hager said the memo had been sent prematurely, the three-term lawmaker said he was leaving to devote more time to family.

Hager's departure comes just weeks after Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg) resigned his seat in late July. Jeter served as chairman of the House Republican Caucus.

The memo prematurely sent by the NCGOP announcing Hager's resignation says party leaders in the 112th House District--which includes parts of Burke and Rutherford Counties - will meet to select Hager's replacement on Wednesday, August 17.

NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse praised Hager in an email Saturday.

"Mike Hager is one of the hardest working legislators I have encountered," Woodhouse said. "His knowledge of energy, property rights,  and tax issues will be missed."

Woodhouse did not respond to a question about why the memo regarding Hager's resignation was sent before Hager resigned.

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