Senator Jim Perry of Kinston has been selected as the highest-ranked freshman senator in the North Carolina legislature by the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.
Perry represents Lenoir and Wayne County.
A research organization that includes both Republications and Democrats, NCFREE provides non-partisan analysis of the political landscape and its impact on North Carolina’s business environment. Perry drew recognition for his commitment to free enterprise and an open economy.
“When we prevent government from being too burdensome on people who try to start and operate businesses, the economy grows with increased productivity,” Perry said. “Increasing productivity helps increase quality of life and income levels for everyone in a community.”
Perry, who took the seat after the retirement of former Seventh District Senator Louis Pate, Jr. of Mount Olive, served as chairman of the Joint Legislative Study Committee on Small Business Retirement Options.
Currently, Perry serves on the following committees: Appropriations on Health and Human Services, Health Care, Commerce and Insurance, Pensions and Retirement, and Aging, and State and Local Government.
He is up for re-election on the November ballot and is being challenged by Democrat Donna Lake.
Lake is a retired Air Force Colonel who resides in Goldsboro.