North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford)
In this installment of the Real Facts NC legislator profile series, we focus on Rep. Jon Hardister, a third-term Republican representing House District 59 in Guilford County. Hardister first ran for office in 2010, but lost to incumbent Rep. Pricey Harrison. He tried again in the newly created House District 59 in 2012 and was successful. Despite being elected thanks to 2011 districts later ruled unconstitutional gerrymanders, Hardister is a vocal proponent of independent redistricting. However, his voting record says otherwise with support of all Republican redistricting plans since his election.
Hardister rose quickly to power in the NC House and became Majority Whip in 2016. He is an Appropriations vice-chair and serves as chair of the Capital Appropriations committee, giving him significant influence over the state’s budget and the internal dealings that create it. Hardister’s priorities are clear. He helped write budgets that shortchange education and pushed for charter school expansion proven to take money away from NC school districts. Hardister favors deregulation for big business over protecting clean air and water for future North Carolinians. Read more on Hardister here.
“This was the right thing to do when Democrats were in power, and it is still the right thing to do today.” – Rep. Jon Hardister on nonpartisan redistricting (Greensboro News & Record, 3/1/15)
Hardister is a proponent of charter schools that drain resources from N.C. public schools.
- Hardister has sponsored bills that help fund charter schools at the expense of N.C. public schools
- A Duke University Study shows that Charter Schools in NC are draining school district resources and reducing what services they can provide
Hardister supports harmful deregulation in favor of big businesses instead of protecting clean air and water for North Carolinians.
- Hardister voted for a bill that allows waste companies to spray “garbage juice” into the air without a permit that would disproportionately impact communities of color
- Hardister voted to limit the amount of compensation people can receive if agricultural operations are spraying animal waste on their homes, cars, and businesses
- Hardister voted for the 2016 “Duke Bailout Bill,” that was “damning proof” families could not rely on the state to protect drinking water and would raise rates to pay for coal ash cleanup
Hardister uses redistricting as a talking point and has sponsored unsuccessful bills to establish a nonpartisan process, but when voting, he sticks with Republican leadership.
- Hardister has sponsored three independent redistricting bills during his time in the General Assembly, but all have stalled in committee, which Hardister says is no surprise.
- Hardister said the 2011 and 2017 legislative maps that were both partially struck down by the courts were “in compliance with the law.” He helped draw 2016 congressional maps that were also struck down by federal judges.
- Hardister “caved when it counted” on Greensboro City Council districts, supporting them at the last after vocalizing opposition for months. The districts were later thrown out by a federal judge.
Read more on Hardister here.