Jay Chaudhuri, an Indian American state senator in North Carolina, was among 15 state senators chosen as part of the newly-created Joint Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting.
Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, both Republicans, announced the committee Jan. 4 in a joint statement.
“I’m proud of the work that senators from both parties serving on the Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting performed during their roughly 20 hours of committee hearings, expert testimony and robust debate," Berger said about the bipartisan committee in a statement.
"While judicial reform is a complex and challenging issue and the process has occasionally been contentious, I’m pleased with the committee’s progress and its unanimous vote to move this discussion to the next step," the Senate leader added.
The committee will evaluate how best to modernize and strengthen North Carolina’s judiciary, including judicial redistricting plans, merit selection models and other reforms.
"I hope it finds and brings forward a consensus recommendation that all North Carolinians can support," Berger added.
Aside from Chaudhuri, a Democrat, other state senators on the committee include co-chairs Dan Bishop, Warren Daniel and Bill Rabon; as well as Sens. Dan Barrett, Dan Blue, Chuck Edwards, Joel Ford, Ralph Hise, Floyd McKissick, Wesley Meredith, Paul Newton, Shirley Randleman, Norm Sanderson and Terry Van Duyn.