John R. Bell IV is a native of Mount Olive, North Carolina and is a graduate of North Duplin High School. During his high school years, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Bell began his career with the Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Duplin and Sampson Counties. He continued his career with the Boy Scouts with the Gulf Coast Council in Panama City, Florida. He transitioned to the financial services industry in North Carolina where he developed and put together business finance packages that gave rise to several successful enterprises over an 11-year banking career. Bell is currently a Client Executive for Sentinel Risk Advisors where he works with small and medium market enterprises to navigate their risk portfolio to capitalize on their investment opportunities. He is married to Kelli Gurley Bell and has a daughter, Averi.
Representative Bell is serving his third term representing the citizens of House District 10 which includes parts of Craven, Greene, Lenoir and Wayne Counties. He served as the House Majority Whip during the 2015-2016 Session and was elected in August 2016 to serve as House Majority Leader. Bell was re-elected to serve as the House Majority Leader for the 2017-2018 Session. Bell currently serves on several legislative committees which include Agriculture, Appropriations, Energy and Public Utilities, Finance, Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs, Regulatory Reform, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House, the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Legislative Research Commission. He also serves on the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery. He chairs the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. He continues to be active in the Tuscarora Council for the Boy Scouts of America, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee and Rotary International.