Newsletter from the Office of Sen. Angela R. Bryant


Halifax, Nash, Vance,  Warren and Wilson Counties

District – 4

Senator Angela R. Bryant




Volume II, Issue XIII

Thursday,  May 28, 2015

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I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door are always open to you!  You are also invited to attend any and all Sessions and Committees.  Visit the website for Session and Committee meeting times.  As always, thank you for your support!




Primary Sponsored Bills:


·      S39 – State Minmum Wage/Inflation Increases



·      S50 – Wilson County Occupancy Tax Modification.



·      S103 – Notice to Vote Absentee Ballot W/Out Photo ID



·      S260 – Permit Align School/Comm. College Calendar



·      S305 – NCEMPA Asset Sale



·      S337 – Caregiver Relief Act



·      S339 – Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days



·      S347 – Up Minimum Wage With COLA/Const. Amendment



·      S354 – North Carolina Healthcare Jobs Initiative



·       S570 – Expunction/Boat Violation



·      S571 – Expand Uses of 911 Fee



·      S613 – Prohibit Discriminatory Profiling



·      S626 – Amend Expunction Laws



·      S706 – HBCU Innovation Fund



·      S711 – Presumption of Shared Parenting






·        THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE MORE YOU GROW: The Political Power of the Black Sorority; Ella Baker Day Celebration – Littleton, NC; Congresswoman Crosses Aisle to Fight for HBCUs; MESS-E (Math English Science Social Studies and Everything Else)Learning Mats

  • AWARDS: Nash Community College Welding Department 2014 Ambassador Award; DeAntré Richardson awarded Dr. Michael Taylor Award; The NC Housing Finance Awards the City of Rocky Mount and Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. for Home Repairs.
  • LEGISLATIVE NEWS: Week in Review: Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22;  Body Cameras, Food Deserts & Bipartanship; Sen. Angela R. Bryant Sponsors Pages; Williford Elementary 5th Grade Leadership students visits the GA; Sen. Angela R. Bryant’s NCEMPA bill signed by Gov. McCrory; Brent Lubbock from Sylvan Heights Bird /Waterfowl Park; Wilson County, Silver Lake, Rocky Ridge and Johnson County firefighters visit; Warren County Commissioners and Manager visit
  • SIDE NOTE: Senator Bryant’s Primary Sponsored Bills







·         Warren County Schools is seeking community help with ensuring children receive nutritious meals throughout the summer. On April 22, the school district hosted a community meeting comprised of representatives from local faith-based organizations, businesses, civic organizations and government officials to solicit partnership with the district in offering the 2015 summer meals program to a wider population of youth. Application forms are available for those interested in providing a summer site for feeding youth in need. For additional information, contact Daniel Harris at 252-257-3184, ext. 1239

·         Warren County Schools is now accepting applications for its NASA-Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy summer camps, which will begin June 17. Each weeklong camp will begin with an orientation session for students and parents, and sessions will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. The registration deadline is May 29. Registration forms are available at the public schools in the Warren County school district. For more information, call 252-257-4413, ext. 3217 or 3218; email; or by visiting

·         Marketplace 2015: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, from 8am-5pm at the Sheraton Imperial in Research Triangle Park, NC. For more information visit or call (919) 715-7272 or (800) 258-0862 (in NC only).

·         Vance-Granville Community College Lunch Break to Educate: Wednesday, May 27th, 11:30am-1pm. FREE lunch provided (limited to 20 attendees). RSVP to Melanie Mann by May 22nd at (252) 438-8414 or email

·         Mental Health First Aid – 8 hour course:  Two day training course on May 28-29th. Registration on May 28th at 8:30am and program from 9:00-3:30 pm. Registration on May 29th at 8:30 am and program from 9:00-12:30 pm. Edgecombe County Administrative Building, 201 St Andrew Street, Tarboro, NC 27886. Contact, 252-407-2165 or email

·         Vance County Schools “Give Five – Read Five” Campaign and Proctors Needed for Testing: Operating through Friday, May 29th. Those who want to donate may bring their contributions to any of the 10 elementary schools to be placed in the “Give Five – Read Five” donation box stationed in a central location of the school. Eaton-Johnson officials say they are in desperate need of testing proctors for their 40 testing sites on June 3rd and 4th.  If you can assist/for more information contact (252) 438-5017 or email Sharon Turner at

·         Relay for Life of Vance County: Friday, May 29th at Southern Vance High School. For more information visit  or call 1-800-227-2345.

·         The Roanoke River Regional Collaborative (RRRC) will host its 5th Cultural Awareness And Arts Performances on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at10:00pm, at the Tillery Community Center, 321 Community Center Road, Tillery NC. The program begins at 10:00am with Katherine Mellen Charron, Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University conducting a workshop on the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Bills passed 50 years ago and now being celebrated.  Following the workshop, Ted Fitzgerald, a Voter Outreach Specialist with the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Raleigh, NC will present information on the proposed 2016 Voter ID Requirements. Beginning at 1:00pm, there will be a Cultural Arts program featuring some of the Roanoke River Regions great talents.  The gospel hour will be from 1:00pm – 2:30pm;  the jazz, dance and country western performances will be from 2:30pm until 4:00pm.

·         Waterfowl Reunion: Saturday, June 13th, in Scotland Neck, NC at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. For more information visit

·         NC Fatherless Day Rally in Raleigh: Friday, June 19th, 9:00am-4pm at NC State General Assembly Building, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.

·         18th Annual Bill of Rights Essay Contest: Contest will award six female high school juniors and seniors with a $3000 college scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to attend the 2015 NFWL Annual Conference. Application packet must be submitted via email by Friday, June 12, 2015 by 5pm. For more information contact Meghan Cusick at

·         Scotland Neck Bulldogs – Walk for Our Youth Fundraising Event: Saturday, June 20th. Registration at 10am and walk is at 11am. All proceeds will benefit the Neck Town Bulldogs Youth Football Team.  For more information contact Ivy at (252) 578-1949, Ty at (252) 236-1742, Jamaika at (252) 377-7019, or Robin at (252) 301-4492.

·         Youth Forum Free Event: Friday, June 26th, from 9:00am-2pm at the Edgecombe Ag Extension Building, 1175 Kingsboro Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27801.  Food will be provided for those who register by May 29th, 2015. For more information contact Latrisha Lyons at

·         Art Show: Thursday, September1st-Saturday, October 31st. Bird and nature themed art from Riverwalk Art Gallery.  Scotland Neck, NC at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. For more information visit

·         Trick-Or-Tweet: Saturday, October 31st. Family-friendly Halloween event. Scotland Neck, NC at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. For more information visit

·         Moonlight in the Park: Saturday, November 14th. Dinner and auction to support the birds at Sylvan Heights.  Scotland Neck, NC at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. For more information visit

·         Twelve Birds of Christmas: Tuesday, December 1st-Sunday, December 31st. Holiday-themed scavenger hunt in the park. Scotland Neck, NC at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. For more information visit


Scholarships Available


·         Vance-Granville Community College Scholarship Opportunities: “Oxford Lodge, No. 103, I.O.O.F. Presidential Scholar Award” and the “Union Bank & Trust Founding Directors Academic Achievement Award.” For more information call (252) 738-3409.

·         Golden LEAF Scholarship Opportunity: more information at






The Political Power of the Black Sorority

(From The Atlantic online journal)

Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as U.S attorney general was a crucial victory for a group of women whose influence is seldom appreciated.





After a five-month delay, Loretta Lynch made history. The Senate confirmed Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general, the first African American woman ever to hold this Cabinet position. Her long-stalled nomination sometimes seemed in doubt, held hostage to partisan jockeying between Democrats and Republicans. But one political bloc never gave up, relentlessly rallying its support behind Lynch: the black sorority.


During her initial hearing, the seats behind Lynch were filled with more than two dozen of her Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters arrayed in crimson-and-cream blazers and blouses, ensuring their visibility on the national stage. These Delta women—U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge and Joyce Beatty among them—were there to lend moral support and show the committee that they meant business.


The political clout of black women today has become more tangible and visible to those outside of the black community. This transformation is the result of their increased access to traditional political activities in an attempt to obtain a more equal American experience for African Americans.


The confirmation of Loretta Lynch may be a signal achievement for black women, whose electoral power and political influence undeniably has been on the rise in the last decade. But it is especially sweet for the black sororities, which have now spent more than a century pursuing traditional and nontraditional political activities, watching one of their own make history yet again.



Ella Baker Day Celebration – Littleton, NC:


On Monday Night, April 6, 2015, Littleton town Commissioners unanimously proclaimed April 15th an annual “Ella Baker Day” at the request of local historian, Florine Bell, with NAACP officials and a number of citizens present.  Commissioners indicated they were happy, Bell made the proposal and for having brought the matter to their attention. According to Bell, the unsung hero has been honored with a NC Historical Marker in the town of Littleton, US Postage Stamp, Ella Baker, Pre-K -8th grade School in Manhattan, NY and an Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland Ca.  Bell indicated that she was inspired to offer the proposal after learning of enthusiast in the state of VA seeking to honor the native Ella Baker.


A committee will be involved with planning the 2016 Ella Baker Day activities. The date chosen to celebrate Baker, April 15, is significant because it coincides with conferences held from April 15-18 on the campus of Shaw University with students who were engaged in the early lunch counter civil rights sit-ins. Ella J. Baker was born December 13, 1903, in Norfolk, Virginia to Blake and Georgeanna Ross Baker of the Elam community, northwest of Littleton. Several years later the family moved back to North Carolina and gained permanent residence at East End Avenue in the town of Littleton. Baker completed both her HS and college education at Shaw UV becoming valedictorian of her class in 1927.


The Ella Baker Day Celebration is scheduled for early 2016.


Congresswoman Alma Adams Crosses Aisle to Fight for HBCUs

(from “Diverse” online journal:


Representatives from both sides of the aisle came together Tuesday evening in the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill to announce the formation of the Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus.

“Education should be important to all of us, and it is not a partisan issue,” said Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.), the first-term Congresswoman whose idea it was to launch the caucus. Adams co-chairs the new caucus with Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), who said he is “honored” that Adams reached across the aisle to ask him to join her in the efforts to bring greater advocacy for HBCUs to the Hill.

“HBCUs deal with many of the same challenges as other higher education institutions, but they also face unique obstacles that demand special attention,” Byrne said. Byrne talked about the changing workforce and the growing need for HBCUs to continue to train those who would go on to build jets, serve as doctors in hospitals and contribute to the population of engineers in his home state of Alabama and across the nation.

The caucus, which stands separate from the Congressional Black Caucus (though there are some overlapping members), aims to do four things: start a national dialogue around importance, value and urgent need to support HBCUs; educate members of Congress and their staff about pressing HBCU issues in order to enact policy that will have a positive effect on HBCUs; promote legislation, including funding legislation, to better support HBCUs and support students and graduates of the institutions from a national level.

“These institutions are in need of our leadership right now at a federal level,” said Adams. “We want to make sure that the larger community understands the importance of these schools and the plight that they go through.”

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) agreed. “We are having some real challenging times,” he said, “because I think that what tends to happen is that people tend to sit down in little offices and come up with formulae that may sound good and may even look good but when it is applied to various backgrounds and experiences and various interests, they don’t work well.”

Specifically, Clyburn and his counterparts mentioned policies such as the college scorecard and Parent PLUS loan changes that have adversely affected the HBCU community and, on a state level, the systematic, historic underfunding of HBCUs across the country.

“Nobody can tell me it’s accidental,” Clyburn said of the funding inequities that particularly land-grant institutions have faced. “There are people who seek to close each and every last one of (the nation’s HBCUs). And I’m not telling you what I think. … I have been asked to support these efforts.”

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, agreed. “If we sit down (on this issue), we will witness the diminution, or the elimination, if you will, of HBCUs in this country,” Butterfield said.

Adams, who served as a professor and administrator at Bennett College for over 40 years and who graduated from North Carolina A&T State University, said a key priority will be directing funds back to HBCUs through congressional appropriations.

“We’ve got to bring the resources back,” she said. “You don’t have access if you don’t have the check to go along with it.”

“We keep investing in the historically Black colleges and universities (because) it’s good for them, but much more importantly, it’s good for our country,” said Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Hoyer applied to be admitted to the caucus’ roster on the spot, making the total number of representatives in the group 38.


MESS-E (Math English Science Social Studies and Everything Else)

Learning Mats


MESS-E (Math English Science Social Studies and Everything else) Learning Mats were created by 4 middle school teachers who teach in a rural, economically challenged county in Warrenton, North Carolina. We desperately wanted to help every student achieve academic success.  A quick reference Learning Mat was the answer to our prayers. We created desk/table mats for four (4) subject areas, Math, English, Science, and Social Studies.   MESS-E Learning Mats provide students with quick reference to academic information that is the fundamental bases for successful learning. The students in our classrooms love MESS-E LEARNING MATS and use them daily without being prompted to do so. The plain classroom desks have been transformed into learning platforms using MESS-E Learning Mats. We want to share MESS-E Learning Mats with the entire educational community (nationally and globally) so that every learner will have the opportunity to achieve academic success.


(MESS-E  desk/ table mats are informative,  beautiful, colorful, laminated, portable, never outdated, 19×12.5, common core aligned ,grades 3rd thru high school , 8 to 14  informational concepts per mat). MESS-E Mats are a brand new product and cannot be purchased in any retail store. Please check our website for more details – For questions contact Jan Fuller (Teacher / 27 -years), at





The Nash Community College Welding Department Named

Recipient of the 2015 Ambassador Award

Welding Instructor Jay Manning, second from left, stands with students, from left, Matthew Barfield, Brandon Abbott, Ervin Catlett and Darrin Manning. (from Rocky Mount Telegram)



Halifax Community College (HCC) Industrial Systems Technology DeAntré Richardson Recipient of the Dr. Michael Taylor Award for Servant Leadership


Halifax Community College (HCC) Industrial Systems Technology student DeAntré Richardson, who serves as the College’s Student Government Association president, was awarded the Dr. Michael Taylor Award for Servant Leadership at the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association 2015 Spring Conference held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham, March 27-30. The award was presented in recognition of one’s work that has enhanced the growth of others in their organization, increased teamwork and personal involvement, while helping the organization reach its potential. (from Halifax Community College Online Newsletter).


The NC Housing Finance Awards the City of Rocky Mount and Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. for Home Repairs


The NC Housing Finance Agency Board of Directors has awarded $365,000 for substantial home rehabiliation and emergency home repairs for counties in Nash, Vance, Franklin counties.  These programs will allow elderly and disabled North Carolinians with very low incomes to continue living safely in their homes.  Vance-Warren-Franklin Opportunity, Inc., received $95,000 for emergency repairs to 12 homes in Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren Cuonties; $170,000 for comprehensive rehabilitation in Warren County.  The City of Rocky Mount received $100,000 for emergency repairs to 12 homes in Edgecombe and Nash counties.







Raleigh News & Observer: NC House budget passes in 93-23 bipartisan vote

Charlotte Observer: Coal ash begins exit from Riverbend power plant

Winston-Salem Journal: DENR to begin shale-gas exploration in June in Stokes County



MONDAY, MAY 18 – FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015


House GOP compromises on tax credits, fees, with final budget proposal up for debate Thursday afternoon. House Republican leaders unveiled a new version of their budget proposal Thursday afternoon, bowing to pressures from hardliners within their own caucus as well as from outside groups unhappy with tax credits and fees in the original version. The measure breezed through the Rules Committee on Thursday afternoon on a voice vote that sounded unanimous. It will be debated on the House floor Thursday evening. Read more here.


Renewable Energy freeze on fast track. A controversial bill to freeze the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard is on a fast track to the Senate floor despite an unclear vote from the Senate Finance Committee. Despite a call by Senator Blue for a division after a voice vote– which would require a formal hand count of the vote, Senator Rucho, who chairs the Committee, pushed the legislation through despite protests that the voice vote was against the bill. Read more here.


Economic developers visit General Assembly to push for economic incentives program. Professional economic developers from around the state were at the Legislative Building on Tuesday to champion JDIG, which has run out of money and is up for an extension. The economic developers made their public appeal as talk of economic incentives has receded in the legislature and as the budget debate has moved front and center. Read more here.


Education funding is main point of discussion around House Budget. The House budget provides minimal increases in teacher pay, per pupil spending, and textbook spending, but the proposed raises don’t go far enough to bring North Carolina in line with teacher pay offered in other states. NCAE’s president, Rodney Ellis, said the House plan “will not make a dent in North Carolina’s average teacher pay rankings.” The House is voting on their version of the budget Thursday evening, and it is still to be determined what funding for public education will make it into the Senate version. Read more here.


House Medicaid budget provision draws fire. The proposed House budget would give Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos sweeping authority to run North Carolina’s Medicaid program, allowing her to push forward with changes to the program’s details and overall structure with relatively little intervention from the General Assembly. Read more here.


NC judge temporarily halts fracking permits. A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment. No drilling units had been approved before the judge issued his order. Read more here.


NC state Senator Bingham says this term will be his last. Sen. Stan Bingham of Davidson County joined the legislature in 2001 and held committee leadership positions under Democratic and GOP chamber rule. He’s currently a budget committee co-chairman on courts and law enforcement matters. Read more here.


NC Senate passes legislation providing more funds for Oregon Inlet dredging. On Tuesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 160, legislation that addresses the issue of open and navigable channels at the state’s inlets and ports. Senator Bill Cook, Senator Harry Brown and Senator Michael V. Lee are the primary sponsors of the legislation. The measure now moves to the House. Read more here.


NC Senate passes “ag-gag” legislation, creates stricter regulation around whistleblowers. The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Monday night which allows business owners to sue employees who secretly record audio or video in the workplace. Democratic Senator Josh Stein agreed with some points of the bill. But overall he said, “The public will be worse off as a result of this bill. There will be violations of law that occur that would not have otherwise occurred because of this bill.” In part, that’s due to North Carolina’s whistleblower laws. Stein argued they only apply to the treatment of employees by an employer. Read more here. Sen. Angela R. Bryant opposes SB 433 – Property Protection Act bill.


Senate passes annual possum drop legislation. On Thursday, members of the NC Senate passed the annual ‘possum drop’ bill. For years, animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has waged a legal battle to stop the Clay County tradition of lowering a possum in a Plexiglas box to celebrate the New Year. And every year since 2012, Rep. Roger West, R-Clay, has filed new bills designed to sidestep rulings against the practice. Read more here.  Sen. Angela R. Bryant opposes HB574 – Opossum Exclusion From Wildlife Laws.


Major GOP Donor withholds $25,000 contribution over NC House Budget. A major conservative donor’s decision this week to divert a planned $25,000 contribution away from state House Republicans highlights an increasingly bitter divide within the party over tax policy and government spending. Read more here.


For many low-income workers, calling in sick isn’t an option. Paid sick leave is the next frontier in the fight for the country’s lowest earners. Some of the same workers’ rights groups that grabbed headlines recently by pushing companies for wage hikes are steering the conversation toward paid sick leave. The debate has caught the attention of governments and companies alike. Many companies like McDonalds and Wal-Mart are ahead of legislation in adjusting paid-sick-leave policy. Read more here.


ACLU launches body camera smart phone app, “the people’s body cameras”. The app allows users to click a link or shake their phones to send a copy of a video to the ACLU office. That way if an officer takes the phone or it gets damaged, the agency will still receive a video record of the encounter. Read more here.


House Finance Committee (From MVA newsletter)

The Committee met Monday, May 18, to consider the finance portions of H 97, 2015 Appropriations Act.  After over two hours of debate and discussion of amendments, the Committee approved the package and re-referred the bill to the House Appropriations Committee.  Key finance provisions of H 97 include: the authorization of up to $270 million in general obligation indebtedness for various building projects; a two-year extension of the renewable energy tax credit; authorization of an historic preservation tax credit; allowance of an income tax deduction for medical expenses; extension of sales tax preferences related to motorsports; creation of sales tax preferences related to data centers; and increases in numerous DMV fees.


Senate Commerce Committee (From MVA newsletter)

On Thursday, the Committee approved two bills.  H 909, Sale of Antique Spirituous Liquor, would authorize and regulate the sale of antique spirituous liquor.  S 716, Mountain Energy Act of 2015, would direct the NC Utilities Commission to render an expedited decision, under certain conditions, on an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for an applicant to construct a generating facility that uses natural gas as the primary fuel. The bill would also modify certain requirements under the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 for coal ash surface impoundments located on sites at which all coal-fired generating units present on those sites will permanently cease operations by January 31, 2020.


Senate Finance Committee (From MVA newsletter)

The Committee also approved H 332, Energy Policy Amendments.  H 332 would provide recovery of capital related costs incurred by a natural gas utility for constructing natural gas infrastructure for a large manufacturing employer and would freeze the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard.


Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee (From MVA newsletter)

S 573, Strengthen Oyster Industry, promotes the growth of the State’s oyster farming industry. S 486, NC Trail Expansion/Economic Corridors, seeks to enhance economic development through the expansion of the state trails network and reduce the State Tourism Authority from 29 members to 15. H 795, SEPA Reform, seeks to reform and amend the State Environmental Policy Act– reducing its coverage significantly.



(From Rep.  Kelly M Alexander, Jr.)

The recent adoption of the House budget was a convincing exercise in the effectiveness of bipartisan cooperation.  In the past an inflexible majority would have offhandedly rejected amendments offered by the minority party.  In an about face from last biennium’s method of operation, the GOP House leadership permitted floor debate of 18 Democratic budget amendments; of the eighteen, thirteen were adopted.   One of the most notable was the “Corner Store Initiative – Healthy Food Small Retailers”, brought to the floor by Rep. Yvonne Holley of Raleigh.  This measure reserves 1 million dollars over the biennium to kick start an attack on the infamous food deserts found in poor and minority neighborhoods.


The work of a bipartisan group of legislators …Rep. Kelly Alexander (D), Mecklenburg; Rep. Cecil Brockman, (D), Guilford; Rep. John Faircloth, (R), Guilford; Rep. Elmer Floyd, (D ), Cumberland; Rep. Edward Hanes, (D ), Forsyth; Rep. Charles Jeter, (R ), Mecklenburg;  Rep. David Lewis, ( R), Harnett; Rep. Tim Moore, ( R), Cleveland and Rep. Jason Saine, (R ), Lincoln, led to the inclusion in the budget of 5 million dollars over two years as a matching grant for local law enforcement departments to obtain body cameras for their officers , the first comprehensive state level body camera legislation in the nation.   Companion legislation provided for the installation of high way patrol dash cameras in all patrol cars and for the establishment of local and state standards for the use of the new technology.  


The spirit of cooperation which led to the bipartisan support of the House budget is only the first step in our budget process.  The House budget now goes to the Senate, where they will deliberate and inject their ideas which could rearrange priorities while trimming the House budget by at least 3.5%.  If you think the momentum for body cameras and improved nutritional choices should be sustained then you need to reach out to your state Senator and urge them to keep those portions of the House budget intact.  It’s only 6 million dollars over two years, but what a difference that 6 million dollars can make in the lives of our citizens. Rep.  Kelly M Alexander, Jr.



Senator Angela R. Bryant Sponsors Pages


Pictured with Sen. Bryant from left to right are: Donovan Whitehead, Brandon Wallace, Sarah Boone, Esmé Merritt-Dorosin Dorosin (sponsored by Sen. Valerie Foushee), Ashley King, and

Christian Boyce Clark.


Donovan Whitehead, a student at Northern Nash High School, served as a Page the week of May 4th. He is the son of Carol Whitehead of Rocky Mount. “Being a Senate Page was a wonderful experience. I was able to meet and talk to senators.  I got to experience how bills are passed and watch committees debate.  I would really like to thank Senator Bryant for giving me the opportunity to become a Page and I will do this again.”

Brandon Wallace, a student at Northern Nash High School, served as a Page the week of May 11th. He is the son of Ellis and Sheila Wallace of Nashville, NC. “My senate page experience has definitely been a memorable one. During my four days here, I’ve received first hand access to what the senate goes through to represent the people of North Carolina, as well as their personal sacrifices, all while meeting potential life-long friends. I’m very grateful to have this opportunity few have, and I highly recommend others to pursue this program.” 

Sarah Boone, a student at Warren Early College High School, served as a Page the week of May 2nd. She is the daughter of Tim and Mary Boone of Warrenton. “This week, serving as a Senate Page, has been an amazing experience. I was able to meet lots of new people and interact with Senators. Being able to serve on the floor of the Chambers was a great opportunity.  I would like to thank Senator Bryant for sponsoring me and allowing me this wonderful opportunity. I hope to serve again soon.”

Esmé Merritt-Dorosin, a student at Chapel Hill High School, served as a Page the week of April 20th. She is the daughter of Mark Dorosin  (a very dear friend of Sen. Bryant) and Brownyn Merritt of ….. “My experience as a Senate Page was a wonderful, eye-opening, learning experience. I really enjoyed working with and assisting the senators of the 2015 session.”

Ashley King, a student at Northern Nash High School, served as a page the week of April 20th. She is the daughter of Lindsey and Angela King of Rocky Mount. “My experience this week has been excellent. I enjoyed going to committee meetings, session, and working with Senator Bryant.  I hope to come back again!”

Christian Clark, a student at Clayton High School, served as a Page the week of April 27th. He is the son of Roy and Helen Clark of Clayton. “My week as Page for the Senate was a great opportunity. I really enjoyed being there and learning more about the government. I would like to go back and do it again. I thank Senator Bryant for accepting me and allowing me to learn about what she focuses on as well as what other Senators work on. Being able to show my involvement with my state and community as a black male provided the opportunity to show that not all black teenage boys are the same. I also enjoyed that I was able to interact with other pages from far and near that I wouldn’t have otherwise met.  Although it was only a week of being a part of the Senate Page Program, I would suggest that everyone who wants to do it applies for the opportunity, as well as allowing veteran pages to participate more than once a year. Being a page has not only taught me morals but also the importance of laws and being a part of your community when the opportunity arises.”


Williford Leadership 5th Graders Legislative Day and A Surprise Visit with Robert Kennedy, Jr.




(Shown above with Sen. Bryant)


Wednesday, May 13th the Williford Leadership 5th grade students visited the General Assembly for their annual legislative trip.  Robert Kennedy, Jr. was visiting the General Assembly to speak at the Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance rally and stopped to take a picture with the students.




Senator Bryant’s NCEMPA Bill Signed by

Governor Pat McCrory in Wilson





Brent Lubbock from the Sylvan Heights Bird and Waterfowl Park 

visits Senator Bryant at the General Assembly



Wilson county, Silver Lake, Rocky Ridge and Johnson County Firefighters Visit on May 6th


Warren County Commissioners and County Manager visits Sen. Bryant on May 6th






I want to personally thank you for the concerns that you expressed about the deer farming provisions of S513 at the hearing Tuesday am. This is a serious matter and quite frankly I am concerned about the Department of Agriculture’s ability to handle the program. I believe our wildlife are public owned natural resources that must be protected for our citizens, not controlled by a few who want to commercialize them. This Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a serious threat that will not go away once it arrives in our state. Thanks for your demonstrated interest by asking tough questions. I spoke with your staff about your good work. Blessings, Hal Atkinson.




Please express my utmost gratitude and respect for Senator Bryant’s questions and comments yesterday to the Chair of Senate Ag Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 513. Section 12. Senator Bryant has restored my faith that local voices with legitimate concerns can still be heard in the Senate Chamber.  As she well knows, the people must have faith in our elected leaders to do the right thing for all the people, not just some of the people. Thank you for your attention and thank you for serving the people of this State. Sincerely, Carl Hatcher.



Good Morning Sen. Bryant,


Your presence and comments on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the CCT 35th plus 1 year Book Reception and signing were so precious.  As I stated on Saturday, you are truly a senator OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE.  Thank you again for being with us and know that support for your efforts for all is greatly appreciated.  Gary R. Grant, Director of CCT.



Dear Senator Bryant,


Quick note to convey my thanks for your wonderful commitment to the citizens and natural resources of our state. I enjoy serving with you to better serve especially those along the Roanoke River and in the Town of Halifax.

Best Regards, Chuck Peoples.





On behalf of the OIC of Wilson, Inc. we would like to thank you for your support for the previous year. Because of your support to OIC, you have helped to make this program possible.  Lives are being changed and this program is growing daily. Again, many thanks to you! Howard Jones, President & CEO.



Dear Senator Bryant,

I wanted to express my sincere appreciation to you for your support and vote during the April 15th Senate session, in which I was appointed as a trustee for the State’s community college system. I consider it a great honor and will happily commit myself towards upholding all the duties of this position. I firmly believe our community college system has a crucial role to play in the future of our State and I look forward to serving the system. Again, many thanks for your support. Best Regards, Clark Twiddy.