Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca, one of North Carolina’s most powerful lawmakers, resigned from the Senate Friday.
His resignation was expected. It allows him to consider a lobbying job, which requires a six-month “cooling off period.” But he said he hasn’t decided exactly what to to.
Apodaca, a seven-term lawmaker from Hendersonville, is a close ally of Senate GOP leader Phil Berger. He chaired the Senate Rules Committee.
“It has been the honor of my lifetime to represent and serve the people of Western North Carolina in the state Senate,” he said in a statement. “It was a privilege … and I am grateful for the many friendships formed with constituents and colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”
Apodaca is one of several veterans leaving the Senate, including Republican Bob Rucho of Matthews.