NC-14: Jeff Jackson (D)
New Seat Following 2020 Census[i]
North Carolina State Senate (State Senator, District 37); Womble Bond Dickinson LLP (Counsel); North Carolina Army National Guard (Major); Gaston County (NC) District Attorney’s Office (Assistant District Attorney)[ii]
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
BA, Emory University; MA, Emory University; JD, University of North Carolina School of Law[iii]
Covid-19 Recovery; Health Care; Climate Action; Women’s Rights; Gun Safety Reform; Fixing Our Democracy; Combating Poverty; Education; Racial Justice; LGBTQ+ Rights; Criminal Justice[iv]
ON THE ISSUES
Jackson commits to fighting for abortion access in the US. In 2021, Jackson sponsored legislation in the North Carolina Senate to remove “excessive, partisan barriers to safe abortions.”[v] [vi] He has advocated for codifying Roe v. Wade into law, supporting pro-choice judges, expanding access to affordable birth control, and opposes the Hyde Amendment.[vii]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Jackson has advocated for creating a national paid family and medical leave program and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would address wage discrimination.[viii] He supports raising the minimum wage, reforming the unemployment system, and passage of the PRO Act.[ix] Jackson supported Biden’s infrastructure bill and Build Back Better.[x] [xi]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
As a state senator, Jackson sponsored multiple bills to expand Medicaid, which he argued “is the single largest policy change that North Carolina can make to increase the quality of care and decrease the cost of health care.”[xii] [xiii] [xiv] [xv] To fight the opioid epidemic, Jackson supports increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, expanding treatment options at correctional facilities, and ensuring/expanding access to addiction treatment for rural areas.[xvi]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Jackson has supported the Biden administration’s approach to immigration, asserting, “it’s the most robust proposal we’ve seen at least in the last decade.” He has spoken in support of DREAMers and criticized Trump’s decision to end DACA.[xvii] [xviii] In order to combat the opioid epidemic, Jackson supports passage of the Providing Officers With Electronic Resources (POWER) Act, which would provide law enforcement with additional resources to detect drugs at the border.[xix]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Jackson has criticized the country’s criminal justice system, specifically noting its “deep racial disparities” and mass incarceration. As a state senator, Jackson proposed and supported criminal justice reforms including reducing the use of mandatory minimums and modernizing the expungement system. In 2016, Jackson was one of only two state senators to vote against a bill making it harder for civilians to access dash camera and body camera footage from law enforcement.[xx] [xxi] [xxii] [xxiii] [xxiv]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Jackson has committed to working to “protect and expand voting rights and election preparedness because it should be easier, not harder, to cast a ballot.” As a state senator, he worked to implement automatic voter registration, and commits to continuing those efforts by supporting the John Lewis Voting Rights Act in Congress.[xxv] He believes the 2020 election was a fair election and “elected officials saying otherwise are being intentionally dishonest.”[xxvi]
Jackson supports universal preschool, raising teacher pay, expanding quality child care programs, and building a “comprehensive early childcare system that is focused on quality and family choice.”[xxvii] [xxviii] He has criticized calls to eliminate the Department of Education, arguing it would eliminate Pell Grants and other resources low-income students depend on.[xxix]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
In order to tackle climate change, Jackson advocates for decarbonizing our sources of electricity, electrifying “as much of the economy as possible,” “aggressively” reducing methane emissions, enlisting the agricultural community as allies, and scaling-up R&D to “speed up the entire process.”[xxx] He is a strong supporter of renewable energy and has advocated for wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy expansion. [xxxi]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
Jackson has been critical of social media and its role in the “Disinformation Age,” and in particular the use of social media algorithms and “hyper-targeted digital advertising.”[xxxii]
As a state senator, Jackson has proposed legislation to implement universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders, and to ban the sale of bump stocks and other similar firearm accessories.[xxxiii]
Jackson criticized Trump’s approach to foreign policy, asserting he was “broadcasting weakness on all channels” and “mak[ing] way for China.”[xxxiv]
[i] Kate Martin, “Census data gives North Carolina a 14th congressional seat,” Carolina Public Press, April 27, 2021, available at https://carolinapublicpress.org/44831/census-data-gives-north-carolina-a-14th-congressional-seat/.
[vii] Jeff Jackson, “Our Plan to Support Women’s Rights,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, October 20, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/our-plan-to-support-womens-rights-sen-jeff-jackson-2b898729f040.
[viii] Jeff Jackson, “Our Plan to Support Women’s Rights,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, October 20, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/our-plan-to-support-womens-rights-sen-jeff-jackson-2b898729f040.
[ix] Jeff Jackson, “An Hourly Workers Agenda,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, September 10, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/an-hourly-workers-agenda-sen-jeff-jackson-7b45a47b16f5.
[x] Sen. Jeff Jackson Twitter, November 15, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/JeffJacksonNC/status/1460384305348292608.
[xi] Sen. Jeff Jackson Twitter, December 12, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/JeffJacksonNC/status/1470076197375778816.
[xvi] Jeff Jackson, “Our Plan to Combat the Opioid Epidemic,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, November 23, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/our-plan-to-combat-the-opioid-epidemic-9406cbe7e32.
[xvii] Rishi Aila, “Exclusive Interview: US Senate Candidate Jeff Jackson,” Carolina Political Review, November 8, 2021, available at https://www.carolinapoliticalreview.org/editorial-content/2021/11/8/exclusive-interview-us-sentate-candidate-jeff-jackson.
[xviii] Sen. Jeff Jackson Twitter, September 4, 2017, available at https://mobile.twitter.com/JeffJacksonNC/status/904695803972919296.
[xix] Jeff Jackson, “Our Plan to Combat the Opioid Epidemic,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, November 23, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/our-plan-to-combat-the-opioid-epidemic-9406cbe7e32.
[xxi] Senate Roll Call Vote Transcript for Roll Call #756, HB 511, June 16, 2020, available at https://www.ncleg.gov/Legislation/Votes/RollCallVoteTranscript/2019/S/756.
[xxvi] Jeff Jackson, “Was the election rigged? Let’s take a look.,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, January 11, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/was-the-election-rigged-lets-take-a-look-sen-jeff-jackson-887b5b9b443e.
[xxvii] Jeff Jackson, “Our Early Care and Education Agenda,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, December 7, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/our-early-care-and-education-agenda-sen-jeff-jackson-da3cb4b7a47a.
[xxix] Sen. Jeff Jackson Twitter, April 25, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/JeffJacksonNC/status/1518628613398147073.
[xxx] Jeff Jackson, “North Carolina Agenda: Our Climate Action Plan,” Sen. Jeff Jackson Medium, November 9, 2021, available at https://jeff-jackson.medium.com/north-carolina-agenda-our-climate-action-plan-386946bbb2d8.
[xxxii] Sen. Jeff Jackson Twitter, January 13, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/JeffJacksonNC/status/1349372755590983685.
[xxxiv] Sen. Jeff Jackson Twitter, July 9, 2017, available at https://twitter.com/JeffJacksonNC/status/884075471767560192.