Jordan Ranked 33rd Most Effective in NC House; High Country State Representative Ranks Highly for Second Time in Nonpartisan Survey
N.C. House Representative Jonathan C. Jordan (R-93), representing Ashe and Watauga Counties in the High Country, was rated the 33rd most effective state representative in the 120-member N.C. House for 2013 by the nonpartisan N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. He was ranked 49th during his first term in office in 2011.
In addition, Jordan was ranked the 10th most effective House member of those currently serving their second term or less. He also achieved a 99.4% participation in roll call votes taken during the session.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be ranked so strongly in my effectiveness for the High Country by my peers and third-party observers of the political goldfish bowl in Raleigh,” Jordan stated. “I think the rating emphasizes that a legislator doesn’t have to be the one with the loudest voice or most media appearances to be an effective advocate for our constituents. That is a positive message for our citizens in this era of uncivil discourse that has taken over the public policy process.”
Center officials conducted the legislative effectiveness survey from October through December, 2013. The survey asked 50 state senators, 120 representatives, 438 registered lobbyists, and 36 state news correspondents to rate the effectiveness of each member of the General Assembly on a scale of one to 10.
The survey’s purpose was to identify the most effective legislators in the N.C. General Assembly. Center officials asked respondents to base their ratings on legislators’ participation in committee work, their skill at guiding bills through committee and floor debate, their general knowledge and expertise in special fields, the respect they command from peers, their ethics, the enthusiasm with which they execute various legislative responsibilities, the political power they hold (virtue of office, longevity, or personal skills), their ability to sway the opinions of fellow legislators, and their aptitude for the overall legislative process.
The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1977 by a diverse group of private citizens dedicated to the goals of a better informed public and a more effective, accountable, and responsive state government. In all its efforts, the Center values reliable and objective research as a basis for analyzing public policy, independence from partisan bias and political ideology, the richness of the state’s diverse population, and a belief in the importance of citizen involvement in public life.