Politics & Government

NC House majority leader to resign seat

Mike Hager
Mike Hager WBTV

North Carolina House Majority Leader Mike Hager will resign his seat in the general assembly on Tuesday.

Hager, R-Rutherford, confirmed his departure Saturday morning after WBTV obtained a memo from the North Carolina Republican Party that said he had already resigned.

Although Hager said the memo had been sent prematurely, the three-term lawmaker said he was leaving to devote more time to family.

Hager’s departure comes just weeks after Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, resigned his seat in late July.

Jeter served as chairman of the House Republican Caucus.

The memo prematurely sent by the NCGOP said party leaders in the 112th House District — which includes parts of Burke and Rutherford Counties — will meet to select Hager’s replacement on Wednesday.

NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse praised Hager in an email Saturday.

But he did not respond to a question about why the memo regarding Hager’s resignation was sent before Hager resigned.