On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Representative Karl Gillespie of Franklin, North Carolina, was formally sworn into the North Carolina House of Representatives. Representative Gillespie will represent the 120th House District which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon Counties. Accompanying Rep. Gillespie for the ceremony was his wife Janet.
“It is truly a humbling experience taking the oath of office,” stated Rep. Gillespie. “As a fifth-generation Maconian, I am honored to represent and serve everyone in the 120th House District. I will be a strong advocate for Western North Carolina values and work diligently to faithfully serve my community. I am immensely grateful to my family, friends, and all those who supported me during this process, without which, this moment would not be possible.”
Rep. Gillespie started National Communications, Inc. (NCI) in 1999 with one technician. Since then, NCI has grown to become a regional company providing the installation and maintenance of all types of low voltage communications systems. Rep. Gillespie formerly served as a member of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, member of the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees, Vice President of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, and Macon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He is a member of First United Methodist Church.
The official start of the 2021-2022 legislative biennium began when the House and Senate convened in Raleigh on January 13th at 12:00 PM. As outlined in General Statute 120-11.1, opening day shall consist “solely to elect officers, adopt rules, and otherwise organize the session. When they adjourn that day, they stand adjourned until 12:00 noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January.”