Elect 2012: Brock goes for sixth term in state Senate
By Mark Wineka
MOCKSVILLE — State Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, filed for a sixth consecutive term Monday, but this year he’ll run in a district whose boundaries have shifted slightly thanks to redistricting.
Senate District 34 has consisted of Davie and Rowan counties over Brock’s previous 10 years in office. (This is his 10th year.) With redistricting, he now will be a Republican candidate in a district taking in all of Davie County, most of Rowan except for the southeastern corner and northern Iredell County.
Brock welcomes the addition of the Iredell County precincts to District 34. It includes communities such as Union Grove, Harmony and Turnersburg.
“We have had friends and families up there for years,” Brock said, describing how his family would take cows to Turnersburg for sales. “I just know so many people who live up there. … It’s kind of a natural fit.”
After four terms as a member of the minority party in the Senate, Brock enjoyed having a Republican majority in both legislative chambers this term.
“We hit the ground running,” he said of the GOP leadership, though legislators immediately faced a $2.7 billion state budget shortfall.
“We were a triage unit this term budgetwise,” Brock said, and he credited Republicans with finding ways to control spending and root out fraud and waste.
On a personal level, he expressed pride in his fight for changes in the state’s 50-year-old municipal annexation law. He also introduced several bills connected to abortion, such as regulation of abortion facilities, limited state health plan coverage of abortions and requiring minors to have notarized consent for abortions.
Brock successfully fought for the granting of a birth certificate for still-born babies, though he said it won’t be something he will campaign on. Previously in North Carolina, the parents of still-born babies were only issued a death certificate. Now they will get a birth certificate, too.
“I received some of the nicest letters because of that,” Brock said. “… It helps families cope with their loss.”
A consultant, the 37-year old Brock serves on 11 standing committees and six non-standing committees. He is a co-chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee and is vice chairman of Ways and Means and Redistricting.
Address: 160 New Hampshire Court, Mocksville
Phone number: 919-715-0690
Current elected office: N.C. Senate District 34, five terms
Education: Bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science, Western Carolina University
Community: Member, Farmington United Methodist Church
Family: Wife, Andrea; daughter, Scarlett.
Contact reporter Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.