District 59 North Carolina state Rep. Jon Hardister has submitted his resignation to the NC House and will officially resign on Monday, April 8.

Hardister was first elected to the legislature in 2012 and served as Republican majority whip from 2017 until he resigned from that position in 2023 in order to devote more time to his campaign for North Carolina commissioner of labor. He was the youngest and longest serving Republican majority whip in the state’s history.

Hardister lost in the Republican primary in the commissioner of labor race to Luke Farley. Hardister’s current term, his sixth in the legislature ends in December.

In the press release announcing his resignation, Hardister said, “There comes a time when a public servant knows it is time to start a new chapter. After serving six terms in the NC House, the time for me to start a new chapter has arrived.”

He also said, “Reflecting back, I am proud of what we have accomplished in the NC House. During my time in office, I was able to play a role in lowering our tax burden, paying off billions of dollars in debt, creating a budget surplus, and helping to make North Carolina the best state for business.”

North Carolina state House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Throughout his tenure in the NC House of Representatives, Jon Hardister has demonstrated remarkable dedication to upholding the values that define our nation. His unwavering commitment to public service and his steadfast advocacy for conservative principles have left an indelible mark on North Carolina and his constituents. Jon Hardister’s leadership has been characterized by integrity, foresight, and a genuine concern for the well-being of his constituents. I am honored to have served with him and thankful for his dedicated service to North Carolina and his constituents.”

The Guilford County Republican Executive Committee will appoint a replacement for Hardister to serve out the rest of his term which ends in December 2024, and it would be surprising if the Guilford County Republicans didn’t appoint the NC state District 59 Republican candidate Alan Branson to the seat.