North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. John Sauls (R-Harnett, Lee)

In this legislator profile, we focus on Rep. John Sauls, a Republican representative from District 51 in Harnett and Lee Counties. Sauls served in the General Assembly as a Republican from 2003 until 2007, when he left both the party and public office. In 2016 Sauls rejoined the party and was re-elected. He serves on the appropriations committee and as the chairman of the Education-Community College committee.

Sauls consistently supported policies that shortchange education at every level in N.C. He repeatedly voted for environmental policies that jeopardize access to clean water and clean air while also threatening rural economic development. Sauls supported a budget that prioritized tax cuts over policies that benefit working people, including teachers, families, and the elderly. Read more on Rep. Sauls here.

“I will continue to fight for more resources for our public schools and to ensure these resources are being used in the classrooms not wasted by bureaucrats.” - John Sauls


Rep Sauls has consistently voted for policies that shortchange education at every level.

  • Sauls voted for House Bill 13, which reduced class size at a cost of $388 million per year
  • Sauls voted for the 2017 Republican Budget, which kept teacher pay below $35,000 a year
  • Sauls supported a 2017 budget, that while unable to find money to subsidize out of pocket expenses for teachers, allocated $45 million to the controversial voucher program

 Sauls has voted for bills that weaken environmental protections and hurt rural, poor communities

  • Sauls voted for a bill that would allow companies to dispose of “garbage juices” by spraying them into the air on communities that are predominately rural, poor, and African American
  • Sauls voted for a bill that tied funding to monitor GenX to the removal of the costal ban on plastic bags

 Sauls has prioritized tax cuts over policies that help the middle class.

  • He supported a budget that cut individual and corporate tax rates but did not increase per pupil spending
  • He supported a budget that did not contain child care subsidies
  • He supported a budget that eliminates the ability to access health insurance after retirement for state employees hired after 2021

Read more here.