Representative John Bell was chosen by his colleagues in the House of Representatives today to serve as the Majority Whip for the 2015-2016 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly. The North Carolina House Republican Caucus voted to elect their leaders on Saturday and Rep. Tim Moore of Cleveland County was elected to be the majority party’s Speaker of the House nominee.
“It has been a great honor to serve the people of the 10th District and I am beyond humbled to receive my House Republican colleagues vote of confidence to serve as their next Majority Whip,” said Representative Bell. “We have done great things in this state, but much work remains. I will work day and night to keep the ‘Carolina Comeback’ on the right path.”
Representative Bell plans to focus on constructing strong and effective coalitions, fundraising and building a clear communication system to help advance the priorities of the caucus.
Representative Bell will join Representative Paul “Skip” Stam of Wake County, who will serve again as Speaker Pro-Tem; Rep. Mike Hager (Burke, Rutherford) as House Majority Leader; Rep. Marilyn Avila (Wake) as Deputy Majority Leader; Rep. Charles Jeter (Mecklenburg) as Majority Conference Chair; Rep. Pat Hurley (Randolph) as Joint Caucus Leader; Representative John Fraley (Iredell) as Republican Freshman Leader; and Representative John Bradford (Mecklenburg) as Republican Freshman Whip.
Speaker Designee Tim Moore said the following regarding the new team of Republican leaders: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity and the privilege to serve this great state as the next Speaker of the House. I am also excited for and congratulate my fellow members on their new leadership positions. We are a unified team ready to hit the ground running and advocate for more of the economic growth that we’ve experienced since Republicans took control of the General Assembly four years ago.”
Serving House District 10, which includes parts of Craven, Greene, Lenoir, and Wayne Counties, Representative Bell will be serving his second term in Raleigh. A resident of Wayne County, Representative Bell was raised in Mount Olive where his parents, Ricky and Cindy Bell still reside.
Representative Bell attended North Duplin Junior-Senior High School. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he started his career with the Boys Scouts of America serving Duplin and Sampson Counties. An Eagle Scout from the Tuscarora Council, he returned home to serve that council and then moved to the Gulf Coast Council in Panama City, FL. The financial industry brought him back to Wayne County where he is currently the Manager of Sales and Business Development for North Carolina Community Federal Credit Union in Goldsboro.
Using his experience in the world of finance, Representative Bell serves on the Finance Committee with the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Southeast Chapter of North Carolina Credit Unions.
Representative Bell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County and is the Charter Representative for Boy Scout Troop 200. In addition, he is the Alumni Chairman for the North Carolina Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, is active in the Goldsboro Rotary Club and Mount Olive Free Mason Lodge #208 AF & AM.
At Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Representative Bell volunteers as an instructor for the First Term Airman Center program. FTAC is designed to aid all first-duty-stationed airmen with their transition from a systematic and regimented environment into a hands-on employment training and skills gained from technical school. Formerly, Representative Bell also volunteered for his community by serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Wayne County and the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce. He graduated from Leadership Wayne County, a program of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce designed to create a corps of leaders dedicated to the betterment of the community through service.
In 2010, Representative Bell married Kelli Gurley and on September 5th of 2014 they welcomed a new addition to their family, a beautiful baby girl named Averi. They attend Rosewood First Baptist Church.