Democratic representative Michael Wray took the oath of office Jan. 13 to represent Halifax and Northampton counties in the North Carolina House of Representatives, marking the start of his ninth term in the General Assembly. 

Wray was also named the co-chair of the House Finance Committee as well as co-chair of the House Ethics Committee. 

"I am honored by the trust and support of my constituents who once again have given me the opportunity to serve our district and our state in the North Carolina General Assembly," Wray said in a news release.

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh on Jan. 27 to begin work on writing the state budget.