The Republican takeover of the N.C. legislature, the first time the GOP has led both houses since 1898, is a huge shift in power that’s brought a lot of new faces, and people new to doing business on Jones Street. In what we hope is a regular feature this session, N.C. Policy Watch will try to talk with some of the newest members to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. This will be an ongoing feature, with the goal of profiling all the new members. Haven’t been contacted for your profile yet? New legislators can contact reporter Sarah Ovaska at [email protected].
Name: Rep. Bert Jones (Independent, but member of Republican Caucus)
Hometown: Reidsville (represents Rockingham County)
Family: wife Susan (registered nurse, but currently a stay-at-home mom); children David, 16, and Caroline, 13.
Education: UNC, undergraduate and dentistry school.
Previous political experience: Rockingham County Commissioner, 2004-08. Click here for campaign website.
Organizations (charities, churches, civic groups) you’re active in: member of Reidsville Bible church, board of the Free Clinic of Rockingham County, served on Rockingham County Health Board, Rockingham Council on Bible Education and Kiwanis Club member for 20 years.
Biggest political influences: Ronald Reagan, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
Hobbies: “I like to read, I like to play golf, but most of my free time I spend with my family.” Also coaches youth basketball and soccer.
Any pet peeves?: “Dishonesty.”
How you plan on unwinding from the legislative grind? “Spending time with my family.”
Why’d you run?: “I felt that we needed good representation. I am a conservative and I believe in more limited government in size, scope and cost.”
What are you expecting from this session? “I expect that we’re going to begin to get our fiscal house in order in the state. I expect that we’re going to look closely at the budget.”
What (policy-wise) keeps you up worrying at night? “Our debt, both on the state and national level.”
Contact: 306A1 Legislative Office Building, (919) 733-5779, [email protected]