Representative Raymond E. Smith. Jr., Named 2021
“Jobs Champion” By NC Chamber
The NC Chamber has named Democrat Minority Whip Representative Raymond E. Smith, Jr. Ed.D. (D-Sampson and Wayne Counties) a 2021 Jobs Champion in its annual 'How They Voted' report for his strong pro-jobs voting record. 'How They Voted' details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the global race for jobs. Representative Raymond E. Smith, Jr. was recognized as a Jobs Champion for voting with the Chamber’s Jobs Agenda at least 80 percent of the time during the 2021 legislative session.
“In an era of widespread economic uncertainty, North Carolina’s job creators need to know which of our leaders are willing to act to give them more of the certainty they need,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “The bold leadership displayed by Democrat Minority Whip Representative Smith and other NC Chamber Jobs Champions in 2021 will help our businesses push past lingering uncertainty to fuel opportunity and recovery for millions of North Carolinians. We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Smith in the year ahead to foster renewed growth and success across our communities.”
Rep. Raymond Smith, Jr. was also recognized by the students, faculty, and staff of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) for supporting “Senate Bill 105: 2021 Appropriations Act invests of critical funding for Doctoral Programs, Agriculture Research and Cooperative Extension, Engineering North Carolina’s Future, Renovations and Repairs, in-state tuition for Veterans, and salary increases, including bonuses, which will tremendously benefit N.C. A&T. This legislation will strengthen our land-grant mission, enhance STEM programs, improve infrastructure, and upfit classrooms with the resources needed to prepare students for the twenty-first century workforce.” Chancellor Harold Martin, Sr.