From Sen. Phil Berger’s office:

Brown Tapped To Chair Commerce

Raleigh, N.C. ? Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced today that Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow) will be named Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee for the 2011-2012 session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Sen. Brown is the owner of National Dodge Chrysler Jeep and National Volkswagen in Jacksonville and is entering his third term in the N.C. Senate.

Sen. Berger said, ?Sen. Brown has just the right combination of on the ground experience as a business owner and perspective as a veteran lawmaker to bring fresh eyes to the Commerce chairmanship. His commitment to improving North Carolina?s business climate makes him the ideal choice for this post.?

?As a longtime business owner, I look forward to chairing the Commerce Committee and working to find ways to make North Carolina more business friendly, to help make it easier to do business here, and to encourage private sector job creation,? said Sen. Brown.