John R. Bell IV is a native of Mount Olive, NC 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. He currently serves as a board member at Rise Capital, a private equity firm. He is married to Kelli Gurley Bell and has a daughter, Averi.
Rep. Bell was first elected in 2012 to the NC House of Representatives and is currently serving his fourth term – representing District 10, which includes Greene, Johnston and Wayne counties. In 2015, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Majority Whip. He was then elected the House Majority Leader in 2016 and re-elected for the 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 sessions.
As a strong and passionate advocate for Eastern NC, Rep. Bell has been a leading voice for our agriculture, military and rural communities. As the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief, he has been working tirelessly to help the victims of Hurricanes Matthew and Florence get the resources and help they need. Rep. Bell believes now more than ever the people of Eastern NC need a strong and effective voice in Raleigh, especially as the urban-rural divide only continues to grow.
During his time in office, he has also fought to help improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians through fewer taxes, improved education, balanced budgets, new jobs and more freedom and opportunities. He has proudly championed legislation that supports our farmers, veterans, sportsmen, students and service members.
Rep. Bell continues to be active in the community by serving on the Tuscarora Council for the Boy Scouts of America, Advisory Board for the State Employees Credit Union, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee and Rotary International.