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Sen. Rick Horner recognized with volunteer award

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Nash County Republicans presented state Sen. Rick Horner with the Faye Eagles Volunteer of the Year Award last week.

Horner, R-Nash, said he was honored by the award. He said that in his time working in Raleigh, he’s tried to be responsible to taxpayers while advocating for better public education.

Horner received the award due to his devoted service to the local party, said Mark Edwards, chairman of the Nash County GOP. The award was presented March 9 at the party’s annual convention.

Edwards said Horner regularly participates in everything from monthly executive committee meetings to manning the GOP booth at the Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival.

Horner announced in December that he will not seek re-election in Senate District 11 due to the district’s changing composition.

“Unfortunately, District 11 has changed shape three times in three elections and the 2020 Census is certain to bring yet another change,” Horner said at the time.

Horner lived in Wilson when he won his first two-year Senate term in 2016. Court-ordered redistricting moved Wilson County out of District 11 the following year. Horner moved back to his native Bailey, which fell within both the old and new districts.

Horner won re-election in 2018. He now represents all of Nash County and the western portion of Johnston County, which includes the towns of Clayton and Kenly.

Prior to entering state office, Horner served on the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education for 14 years.

Horner is co-chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and Higher Education.

Horner also chairs the state and local government and general government and information technology appropriations panels and is a member of the health care, judiciary, pensions, retirement and aging, base budget appropriations and education appropriations committees.