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Brubaker ranked leading lobbyist at NC legislature

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The top leader in the North Carolina House during the mid-1990s is now atop a nonpartisan group’s list of the General Assembly’s most influential lobbyists.

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research announced Tuesday that Republican Harold Brubaker ranked No. 1 on the list during the 2013 session.

Brubaker was speaker from 1995 through 1998 as Republicans led the House for the first time in a century. He served in the House for 35 years, leaving in 2012. As a lobbyist, Brubaker has represented Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Realtors among others.

Dana Simpson ranked No. 2 on the list. He was No. 1 in the 2011 session.

Rankings are based on surveys filled out by legislators, lobbyists and media.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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