Columbus, North Carolina
Representative Jake Johnson was born and raised in the small town of Saluda, N.C. about 25 miles south of Asheville. After becoming the first one on either side of his family to attend college, he graduated The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in economics. Within two weeks of graduating college, Jake won his primary election for Polk County Commissioner as the high vote winner and would go on to do the same in the general election. He is the youngest person in North Carolina history to serve as chairman of a county commission and would have three successful years on that board. During his tenure as Chairman, Polk County would see monumental successes such as hosting the World Equestrian Games, completing a new law enforcement facility, obtaining the lowest unemployment rates in recent history, and having the number one ranked county school system in the state; all without any tax increases.
At 25 years old, Jake is currently the youngest member of the North Carolina General Assembly where he represents Polk, Southern Henderson, and Transylvania counties. He is a Christian and strong conservative who supports pro-life, pro-second amendment, and pro-business policies. He currently sits on the following standing committees: Finance, Regulatory Reform, Education k-12, Homeland Security/Veterans Affairs, and Wildlife Resources. When he is back home in the district he works for Berkshire Hathaway in Hendersonville N.C. and enjoys hunting and fishing.