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Reives picked by NC Democrats to remain state House leader

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North Carolina State Rep. Robert Reives of Chatham County was picked on Monday by fellow Democrats to remain the party’s state House leader for the next two years.

New and returning Democrats who won their House elections last month met and selected Reives as the chamber’s minority leader.

Reives, an attorney, first became Democratic leader two years ago, succeeding then-Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County.

Democrats will hold just 49 of the 120 House seats come January — two fewer compared to the past two-year session. But Republicans still fell one seat short of gaining a majority large enough to vote to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes if they remain united.