Joseph (Joe) R. John, Sr. (D-SH040)
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Representative - Elect
North Carolina House of Representatives
Room 1013 Legislative Building 16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

District Office:
11800 Black Horse Run
Raleigh, NC 27613
Elected: 2016    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Evelyn   
Committee Assignments
ChairmanJoint Courts Commission
MemberJoint Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting
MemberSubcommittee on Justice and Public Safety
MemberHouse Committee on Judiciary II
MemberHouse Committee on State and Local Government II
MemberHouse Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting
MemberHouse Committee on Insurance
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security, Military, and Veteran's Affairs
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
Counties Representing


North Carolina has given Judge Joe John an excellent education, a flourishing career and an incredible community to call home. Today, as a candidate for the NC House of Representatives, District 40, he seeks to give back and bring common sense leadership to the North Carolina General Assembly.

Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Judge Joe John early learned the values of hard work and dedication from his parents, the children of Eastern European immigrants. He began his life in North Carolina at Belmont Abbey College, and earned AB, MA and JD degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill. He complemented his North Carolina study of English, Political Science and Law by attending the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and Heidelberg University. Joe later completed the Program for Prosecuting Attorneys at Northwestern School of Law and received his Diploma in General Jurisdiction Studies from the National Judicial College. Judge John has also earned Certification in Mediator Skills from the American Arbitration Association.

Joe John began his legal career in Guilford County representing indigent clients as a staff attorney with the privately funded Greensboro Legal Aid Foundation. He worked as an Assistant District Attorney and Chief Assistant District Attorney and then as a litigation attorney in the partnership of Pell, Pell, Weston and John. He began a distinguished career in North Carolina's judiciary as a Guilford County District Court Judge, was designated the Chief District Court Judge, and then selected Resident Superior Court Judge.

Judge Joe John and his family moved to North Raleigh in 1993 upon his election as Associate Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, a position he held until 2001. In 1998, the Greensboro News & Record described him as "the epitome of the career professional judge" who had achieved an "exemplary record." Upon completion of his judicial term, Judge John remained active as an Emergency Judge of the NC Court of Appeals and the NC Superior Court, and worked as an arbitrator and Court of Appeals and NC Superior Court Certified Mediator. He also served as Executive Reporter and Research Facilitator of the NC Superior Court Judges Civil Jury Instructions Committee under the auspices of the NC School of Government. In 2008, Joe joined the NC Division of Motor Vehicles where he was employed as Director of Hearings, Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. He accepted appointment as the Acting Director of the State Crime Lab in late 2010 and, following a national search, was designated Director, serving from 2011 to 2014. Judge John is a recipient of the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. It is described as the "most valued of the honors which the Governor of North Carolina can bestow" which is "presented to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State." Joe John and his wife of 33 years, Evelyn, call North Raleigh home. They have raised three children. Their three children were educated in District 40 public schools, Pleasant Union Elementary and Leesville Road Middle and High school. Steffi John Briley and her husband Andrew reside in Wake Forest. Steffi is a registered nurse in the UNC system. Andy John, the "older" of twin sons, is a National Response Team Leader with FEMA. Joe John, Jr. balances his law studies at NCCU with serving as varsity baseball coach at Heritage High School and running his own small business. Joe and Evelyn are also doting grandparents of three year old Lessie Ann Briley. During his career, Joe John has been a member of multiple professional organizations--including the North Carolina and Wake County Bar Associations, has served on the boards of many private and public community agencies-- such as the Leesville Road High School Pride Athletic Association, the Greensboro Center for Creative Arts, Family and Children's Services of Greater Greensboro, and the North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board, and has been a member of several civic groups-including the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Joe also spent many years as a volunteer youth baseball coach. Regarding Judge John's candidacy for NC House District 40 Representative, State House leader Larry Hall has said, "Judge Joe John has a proven record of common sense leadership. His experience as both a judge and as Director of the SBI crime lab will bring a much needed perspective to the General Assembly. We look forward to working with him during the campaign and as a fellow legislator."