Representative John R. Bell, IV is a native of Mount Olive, NC and is a graduate of North Duplin High School and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Representative Bell was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2013 and is currently serving his sixth term – representing District 10, which includes Wayne County.
He was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Majority Whip in 2015. In 2016, he was then elected the House Majority Leader and has been re-elected for the 2017-2018, 2019-2020, 2021-2022 and 2023-2024 sessions.
Representative Bell is currently a board member for RISE Capital, a private equity company with companies based throughout North Carolina. He is married to Kelli Gurley Bell and has a daughter, Averi, and dog Maxx.