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For the similarly named TV journalist, see Joe Johns.

Joseph R. John, Sr. (born October 13, 1939) is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, serving since 2017. He is a former judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.[1] He served on that court from 1992 until 2000. Previously, he had been a state superior court and state district court judge, based in Greensboro. He had also been a prosecutor and practiced at the firm of Pell, Pell & Weston.

Joe John
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Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 40th district
Assumed office
Preceded byMarilyn Avila
Personal details
Born (1939-10-13) October 13, 1939 (ageĀ 79)
East Chicago, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Occupationjudge, lawyer

In 2010, Judge John was named interim director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation crime lab by N.C. Attorney General Roy A. Cooper.[2] He was named to the post on a permanent basis in 2011.[3] John retired in 2014.

He was elected as a Democrat to the North Carolina House of Representatives, District 40, in 2016, defeating incumbent Rep. Marilyn Avila.[4][5]

During his time in office, Joe John has focused on fully funding public schools, eliminating partisan gerrymandering, and fighting against what he calls the "War on an Independent Judiciary".