Jon Hardister was born and raised in Greensboro, NC as the only child of Wayne and Carolyn Hardister. He attended Grimsley High School and Greensboro College, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2012 Jon was elected to serve as a member of the NC House of Representatives. His district covers most of eastern Guilford County and parts of Greensboro. He serves on several committees, including ABC, Appropriations, Banking, Education, Elections, Judiciary, and Transportation. Numerous bills that Jon sponsored have been passed into law. Both the NC Chamber of Commerce and the NC Free Enterprise Foundation have provided Jon with a high rating for the work that he has done as a legislator. He has received several awards and recognitions as a result of his work, including: “Freshman Trailblazer Award” from the NC Alliance of Public Charter Schools, “Certificate of Appreciation” from the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, “Legislator of the Year” by the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina, “Legislator of the Year” by NCARF, and “Legislator of the Year” by the NC Craft Brewers Guild. Jon also enjoys being active in his community. He currently serves on several boards, including the board of directors of the Southeast Guilford Community Foundation; the board of visitors of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences; the board of directors of the local Boy Scouts of America; and the board of alumni at Greensboro College. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro. Aside from his job as a legislator, Jon works in marketing and real estate investing. He is the Vice President for Marketing of First Carolina Mortgage, a company that is owned by his family. In his spare time, which is not often these days, Jon enjoys exercising, playing guitar, reading and spending time with his family. In November 2016, Jon was elected by his colleagues to serve as the NC House Majority Whip. This is one of the top leadership posts in the state legislature.