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Lisa Barnes sworn in as state senator

Posted on January 6, 2021

Updated on January 11, 2021

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With husband Johnny Barnes watching, new state Sen. Lisa Barnes takes the oath of office administered by Nash County Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner at the courthouse in Nashville on Wednesday.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

With husband Johnny Barnes watching, new state Sen. Lisa Barnes takes the oath of office administered by Nash County Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner at the courthouse in Nashville on Wednesday.

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State Sen. Lisa Barnes is set to take her ceremonial oath of office this week in Raleigh, but she’s already been sworn in at a quiet ceremony last week in her hometown of Nashville.

“This ceremony holds a special significance to my family and me,” Barnes said. “We have a tradition of celebrating Epiphany on Jan. 6, and it is the same date that Judge Paul Newby swore me into the N.C. House two years ago.”

The ceremony took place at the Nash County Courthouse with Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner administering the oath. Sumner did the same when Barnes first took office as a county commissioner years ago.

Nash County GOP Chairman Mark Edwards attended the ceremony last week. He said he’s known Barnes for many years.

“She is dedicated to the residents of Nash County,” Edwards said. “I know she’ll do her best to represent Nash and Johnston counties.”

Elected in November, Barnes now represents Senate District 11, consisting of Nash and Johnston counties. The seat was previously held by Rick Horner, a Bailey native who chose not to run for re-election.

Barnes previously served in the N.C. House of Representatives and as a member of the Nash County Board of Commissioners.

During the 2021 legislative session, she will be serving on four committees: education; agriculture appropriations; health care; and agriculture, energy and environment.

Barnes said she’s looking forward to serving on these committees and quickly getting to work in Raleigh.

“My first priority will be to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed efficiently, quickly and fairly to all North Carolinians,” Barnes said. “We need to streamline this process so we can swiftly and safely reopen the state’s economy and get rid of these overbearing restrictions.”

Barnes is a Republican. She was incorrectly identified as a Democrat in a previous Enterprise article about her efforts to gain broadband internet for Nash and Franklin counties as House District 7 representative.

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