Legislators mourned in 2021 

Christine T. Nguyen—The North State Journal
Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives at the General Assembly (Christine T. Nguyen | The North State Journal)

RALEIGH — Two members of the N.C. House of Representatives passed away during the long session in Raleigh due to illness. 

Jerry Carter, who represented Rockingham County in the General Assembly, has died.

Jerry Carter (R-Rockingham) died in August after battling a rare gastrointestinal disorder. 

Carter’s wife Brenda Bruton Carter shared via Facebook he had been diagnosed with idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of mesenteric veins, or IMHMV. 

She said at the time that Carter would be hospitalized while internal medicine experts from across the globe weighed in on his treatment. 

Carter was first elected in 2018 and was serving his second term. 

State Rep. Dana Bumgardner (R-Gaston) died in October following a bout with cancer.

The late Dana Bumgardner is shown in this image from the North Carolina General Assembly

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague, Rep. Dana Bumgardner following his battle with cancer,” House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) said in a statement. 

The Gaston County Republican was in his fifth term in the N.C. House of Representatives. 

Before the state’s 2022 election filing was suspended, his daughter, Lauren Bumgardner Current, submitted paperwork to succeed her father in the seat.