Gov. Pat McCrory names new chief justice of NC Supreme Court

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Gov. Pat McCrory named Mark D. Martin the new Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court. (WTVD/Andrea Blanford)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory is picking the North Carolina Supreme Court justice with the most seniority for the state’s top judicial post and in so doing boosting the election prospects of one of two fellow Republicans running for chief justice.

WTVD-TV reported that Gov. McCrory on Monday named Mark D. Martin, 51, to replace Chief Justice Sarah Parker, a Democrat who is retiring at the end of the month after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 72.

“Chief Justice Parker has been a dedicated, just and reliable public servant, serving our state with great dignity and leadership, and holding herself to the highest of standards,” the governor said. “Her tenure as Chief Justice will be remembered for years to come, and we are so grateful for the time she spent in service to North Carolina.”

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