William L. Wainwright
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|Representative William L. Wainwright|
|Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 12th district
|Deputy Minority Leader|
|Speaker Pro Tempore|
|Preceded by||Richard T. Morgan|
|Succeeded by||Dale Folwell|
|Born||October 19, 1947
|Died||July 17, 2012
New Bern, North Carolina
|Residence||Havelock, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||Memphis State University|
William L. Wainwright (October 19, 1947 – July 17, 2012) was a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's twelfth House district, including constituents in Craven and Lenoir counties. A church elder from Havelock, North Carolina, Wainwright was serving in his eleventh term in the state House of Representatives when he died in office after a prolonged illness.
In January 2007, Wainwright was nominated by his colleagues in the Democratic caucus as Speaker pro tempore of the House. He was elected on January 24, making him the first African American to serve in the number-two post in the House since Reconstruction. He was re-elected Speaker pro tempore in 2009. After Democrats lost their House majority, Wainwright was elected deputy minority leader.
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