NC Chamber releases state legislative rankings

"How They Voted" image from the NC Chamber

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Chamber, one of the most influential business groups in the state, released its annual scorecard and “Jobs Champions” from the 2021 General Assembly long session. 

The scorecard details the voting performance of state legislators on priorities identified by the organization as critical to protecting and enhancing North Carolina’s highly competitive business climate. 

“In an era of widespread economic uncertainty, North Carolina’s job creators need to know which of our leaders are willing to act to give them more of the certainty they need,” said N.C. Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “With this report, the NC Chamber is honored to showcase the Jobs Champions from both sides of the aisle who share our commitment to nurturing a diverse, competitive, first-in-class business climate here in our state.” 

In total, 112 legislators were awarded the title of Jobs Champion. According to the criteria in the rankings, lawmakers who voted with the N.C. Chamber’s position at least 80% of the time were awarded the title of Jobs Champion. 

The N.C. Chamber also said it was pleased with the bipartisanship on display during this year’s legislative session, saying it is honored to advocate for business and showcase the lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle who share their values. 

The rankings were determined primarily on votes on 22 bills, including the state compromise budget, the comprehensive energy bill, the annual farm bill, and the education-reform overhaul. 

The N.C. Senate had 36 total members awarded the title of Jobs Champion and 76 N.C. House members were awarded the title. By party, 94 Republicans and 18 Democrats won the awards.