Category: "Campaign Updates"
Here is an article from the Jefferson Post featuring Rep. Jordan focusing on what makes Ashe County a great place to live and work. And a thank you from Rep. Jordan for allowing him to share with all of North Carolina.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tammie Pruitt-Coffey
A Record of Service to the High Country
JEFFERSON, NC: On Tuesday, December 1, Republican Jonathan C. Jordan filed his application for a fourth term as the NC House Representative for District 93, which includes all of Ashe and Watauga Counties. A local attorney, Jordan has been a strong advocate for the citizens of the district during his time in Raleigh. During this past session he served as Chair of House Judiciary II Committee and the House Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. He was recently named by the Speaker of the House to Chair the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee, which reviews state regulatory rulemaking.
“I am again reapplying for the job of State Representative for the High Country based on my record, and I am pleased to compare my record to any challenger,” Jordan stated. “For example, I am proud that the House stood firm this budget session to protect Teaching Assistants and their valuable service to our children in our classrooms.”
“Don’t believe the negatives thrown at our legislative record regarding education funding: North Carolina ranks 7th in the nation for state support for education.” Rep. Jordan stated. “Our state funding stands at 57% of total education funding, with the national average being only 46%. Over the past four years, our Republican legislature has restored $1.2 billion to education to replace $1 billion cut in the two years before we even gained our majority.”
House Speaker Tim Moore strongly supports Rep. Jordan’s re-election bid. “Jonathan has been an integral part of our team in the North Carolina House, and is a tireless advocate for Western North Carolina,” Speaker Moore stated. “I look forward to his re-election and continuing to work with him to keep our State on the path to prosperity for all.”
During the past Long Session, five bills on which Rep. Jordan was lead sponsor passed into law. These included the following:
- H875 to require cities and towns in Ashe and Watauga to get approval by their own respective county commissioners when attempting to condemn property outside their city borders, but
within their respective county; thus giving the property owner’s elected representatives a say in the condemnation on behalf of their constituents;
- H879 to make improvements to the NC Juvenile Code, the law that governs children in the criminal custody of the state; and
- H878 to appoint the student body president as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees for the NC School of Science and Math, the state’s public boarding school.
“I have tried to focus on issues that were important to our local area as well as to the state as a whole, and to champion many whose voices arenʼt often heard,” said Rep. Jordan.
Rep. Jordan was recognized as a “2015 Legislative Champion” by the anti-drunk driving group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one of only 70 lawmakers nationwide. “While we cannot
prevent every death and injury on our roads and highways, those caused by driving while impaired can be prevented. Our citizens can be safer. Requiring interlocks for all offenders will do something that our current efforts cannot – keep impaired drivers from operating vehicles,” said Rep. Jordan. He was also recognized as a “2013 Legislative Champion” by MADD.
Rep. Jordan was also recognized, for the fourth year in a row, as a member of the highest level of conservative excellence by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his support of the ideals
articulated in the US Constitution: limited and transparent government, individual rights, personal responsibility, and a healthy culture. Rep. Jordan has maintained this conservative standing since the ACU first began rating state legislators in 2011.
Overall, 10 bills on which Rep. Jordan was a primary sponsor passed both chambers of the legislature and were signed into law by the Governor. There were many more he successfully supported as a cosponsor.
During the upcoming Short Session in Raleigh, there are several bills Rep. Jordan championed as a primary sponsor that are eligible to be considered and could be passed into law.
Jordan practices law in the High Country with a primary focus on real estate, wills and trusts, traffic issues, and business law. He has also served as a Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocate, representing abused and neglected children in Department of Social Services cases. Jordan previously served on the board of the Ashe County Home Builders Association, the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, and the Ashe County Pregnancy Care Center. His office is in Jefferson and both his young son and daughter attend the Ashe County Public Schools.
Here’s Rep. Jordan’s General Assembly Update for the week of September 24, 2015.
In this issue:
- The centennial of West Jefferson is recognized
- Links to the status bills