|RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Rep. Daniel F. McComas, a Republican from New Hanover County, will be named chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority. McComas will resign his house seat effective Sept. 2, to take the new position.
“The ports are a critical component to the economy of North Carolina,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “Rep. McComas’ appointment demonstrates my commitment to the continued success and growth of the North Carolina State Ports Authority. I want the best person in the job, no matter what side of the aisle he or she sits on.”
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue working to strengthen our state’s economy,” said Rep. Daniel McComas. “The state ports service a vital economic need for all who choose to do business in North Carolina and it is imperative that we keep our state economically competitive. As chairman, I can continue my work in helping our state meet the demands of a global economy while improving the infrastructure needs of our state’s transportation systems.”
Rep. McComas was first elected in 1994 and has served for 18 years; he announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. McComas currently serves as chairman of the Commerce Committee. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in finance from St. Bonaventure University in New York, and lives in Wilmington with his wife Betty.
"This is great news for the Morehead City and Wilmington ports and Eastern North Carolina," said Phil Marion, senior vice president at BB&T in Wilmington. "Daniel McComas knows the ports, he knows transportation and he knows how government works. The port doesn't need to start over, it simply needs to build on what is good. He's very skilled and will do a great job building upon the success of the North Carolina State Ports Authority."