Jeff Jackson (D-N.C. 14th) is a member of Congress, a member of the National Guard and a father of three. He's also a TikTok star.
Jackson has about 1.4 million followers on the platform, where he posts informational videos about Congress and its function and current issues — including information about emergency Zoom calls and the traditional freshman Congress office lottery.
In an email statement, Jackson said trust in political leadership has never been lower, and that transparency is key to earning that trust.
“To me, it feels like part of the job of being a representative," he said in the email. "If we believe in transparency, then social media is a tool for accomplishing that. I just see it as an extension of my job."
Jackson had a strong media presence prior to his recent election, garnering over 500,000 views on his second-ever TikTok, a video that shows him addressing corruption as a state representative.
He used the platform, along with Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, as a tool in the race for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat and later the 14th District seat. Jackson promoted campaign initiatives such as 100 Counties in 100 Days — where he held 100 different town halls in 100 days — as well as his policies, such as expanding reproductive health care access and legalizing marijuana.
One of his recent videos, covering the Silicon Valley Bank failure, has over 26 million views on TikTok, as well as 6 million on Instagram and 6,500 on YouTube.