Newly appointed state Sen. Jim Perry will take his ceremonial oath of office tonight at the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center, 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive.

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby will administer the oath.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the oath will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided.

Perry was nominated by Wayne and Lenoir counties’ GOP leadership on Jan. 28 to complete the unexpired term of District 7 state Sen. Louis Pate of Mount Olive. District 7 includes portions of Wayne and Lenoir counties. Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed Perry’s nomination last week.

Perry was one of six candidates for the position.

Pate retired on Jan. 14 citing health issues less than a week after being sworn in for his fifth term in the North Carolina Senate and receiving an excused absence for the opening session.

Perry said he believes it is appropriate to hold the ceremony at the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center.

“Agriculture and agribusiness power the North Carolina economy,” he said. “They are important to all of North Carolina, but they are especially so to those of us located east of Interstate 95. We must help others understand the importance of that $84 billion impact on our economy.

“We are honored to have Justice Newby join us. I know some people will just come to get to see him — and I understand. I told Rep. (John) Bell that is why I am going, too. I am kidding, but he really is a gracious person, and we are so thankful for him.”

Perry is a graduate of Lenoir Community College, North Carolina State University and Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

Perry said he believes all citizens located in the east must adopt a regional view of economic development and resource development. He is a supporter of agriculture, the military and the education system.

He resides in Lenoir County with his wife, Rebecca, three daughters and three dogs.