Rabin sworn in as state Senator

Jan. 06, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Despite all his efforts, N.C. District 12 Senator Ronald Rabin said he is still best known for being his wife's husband.

Rabin called his wife Mona the rock throughout his successful state senator campaign while taking the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony Saturday afternoon in Harnett County.

"She was the rock of this organization," he said. "No matter which way you cut it, she was the game changer."

Rabin said he chose to take the oath of office in his home district, instead of the traditional Raleigh location, because he is a citizen first and a legislator second.

"It was the natural thing to do," said Rabin, who will represent Harnett and Lee counties, and a portion of Johnston County.

The people who voted for him and supported him during the campaign should be the people he is surrounded by, Rabin said.

Rev. Timothy Eyring of Lillington Grace Church of the Nazarene presented Rabin with a Bible, urging him to seek God's guidance while in office.

"The Constitution has been amended a few times, this one hasn't," Eyring said pointing to the Bible.

Rabin said he'll place the Bible on his desk in the General Assembly Chamber as a reminder.

"I want to make sure I do the right thing," Rabin said. "All the right answers are in that book. We just have to start reapplying them a little bit more."

N.C. District Court Judge Mary Wells administered the oath of office after remarks from N.C. District 53 Rep. David Lewis. 

Lee County Commissioner Jim Womack finished the ceremony with a prayer and Rabin's group of supporters met for a reception at a local diner.