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Sen. Peter Brunstetter retires from N.C. Senate

Sen. Peter Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, announced on Thursday that he is retiring from the N.C. General Assembly.

Brunstetter, who will retire Dec. 15, is the co-chairman for the appropriations committee in the state Senate. He is considered a major player in the N.C. Republican Party.

Brunstetter will join Novant Health as executive vice president and legal counsel.

“Pete Brunstetter is an outstanding public servant whose leadership and budgetary expertise were instrumental to closing the $2.5 billion deficit Republicans inherited and ensuring North Carolina’s long-term fiscal health,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, in a statement. “As a champion of small business, Pete had a tremendous impact on reforming our state’s onerous regulatory environment and medical malpractice laws.”

Gov. Pat McCrory also released a statement thanking Brunstetter for his service.

Novant is a health care system company that runs hospitals and clinics throughout the Southeast.

“Novant Health is committed to its communities and to its patients,” said Brunstetter in a statement. “I’m excited to re-join the organization at a time when it is accelerating its focus and commitment to making health care remarkable.”

Brunstetter had served on the company’s board of trustees, including three years as its chairman.

Over the years, Brunstetter has also received numerous campaign contributions from the health care industry. In 2012, nine of his top contributors were from the health care sector.

Throughout his career in the General Assembly, Brunstetter received $132,900 from health professionals, $42,100 from donors working in hospitals and nursing homes and $14,731 from donors in health services.

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