From Sen. Phil Berger’s office:

Raleigh, N.C. ? Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced today that he has appointed two additional members to fill out his transition team.

Jim Blaine will serve as Chief of Staff. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Blaine had served as executive director of the N.C. Republican Senate Caucus since 2005.

Tracy Kimbrell will serve as General Counsel. Kimbrell previously worked as an associate in the Raleigh office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP. Prior to joining Parker Poe, she worked in the office of Senate Minority Leader Patrick Ballantine. She is a graduate of N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.

Senator Berger said, ?Jim and Tracy are both talented, experienced individuals and I value their counsel greatly as we move forward in this transition. As leaders they are second to none, but more than that, they are public servants ready to help put this state back on the right track.?