FORA.tv Speaker - Joe Hackney
State Representative Joe Hackney was elected speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives in January 2007, at the start of his 14th term in office. During his tenure, Speaker Hackney served as one of the General Assembly's leading advocates for openness in government and ethics and lobbying reforms.
Prior to becoming Speaker, Hackney was House Democratic Leader for one term, House Majority Leader for one term and Speaker Pro Tempore for two terms. Speaker Hackney began his legal career as a clerk for North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Frank Huskins. He worked as an assistant district attorney in Orange and Chatham counties from 1971-74, before entering politics as the campaign manager for North Carolina Congressman Ike Andrews.
Since 1974, Speaker Hackney has been a partner in the Epting & Hackney law firm in Chapel Hill, N.C. Speaker Hackney is also president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2007, he received the group's Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award, the nation's top honor for state legislators.
07.19.09 | 01:16:31 min
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