Tennessee House of Representatives

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Tennessee House of Representatives
Tennessee General Assembly
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Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 8, 2019
Leadership
Speaker of the House
Cameron Sexton, (R)
since August 23, 2019
Speaker pro tempore
Pat Marsh, (R)
since January 12, 2021
Majority Leader
William Lamberth (R)
since January 8, 2019
Minority Leader
Karen Camper (D)
since January 8, 2019
Structure
Seats99
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Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (73)

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Tennessee Constitution
Salary$19,009/year
per diem
employee benefits [1]
travel reimbursement
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(99 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(99 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, Tennessee
Website
Tennessee House of Representatives

The Tennessee House of Representatives is the lower house of the Tennessee General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Contents

Constitutional requirements

According to the state constitution of 1870, this body is to consist of 99 members elected for two-year terms. In every even-numbered year, elections for state representative are conducted simultaneously with the elections for U.S. Representative and other offices; the primary election being held on the first Thursday in August. Seats which become vacant through death or resignation are filled by the county commission (or metropolitan county council) of the home county of the member vacating the seat; if more than a year remains in the term a special election is held for the balance of the term.

Districts

Members are elected from single-member districts. The districts are traditionally numbered consecutively from east to west and north to south across the state; however, in recent redistricting this convention has not always been strictly adhered to, despite a constitutional provision requiring districts to be numbered consecutively.

Districts are required to be reapportioned every ten years following the federal census in order to be of substantially equal population. However, from 1902 until 1962, the General Assembly ignored this provision. It was estimated that by that point that some districts in the Memphis area had approximately ten times the population of some in rural areas. In 1962 this issue was taken to court. Despite U.S. courts having traditionally declined to rule on such issues, the US Supreme Court opted to hear this case and ruled that the legislature had to comply with the state constitution, as its failure to do so was in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (see Baker v. Carr ). Subsequent litigation has further refined the rules regarding this; in the late 1990s a majority-black district in rural West Tennessee was required to be created.

The 1960s redistricting was credited by some observers with creating the first Republican majority in the Tennessee House since Reconstruction in 1968; this situation lasted only until the next election in 1970. 1970 also marked the first election of a Republican governor in a half century and saw both houses of the legislature begin to assert themselves as a counterbalance to executive authority; prior to this time legislators had not had their own staffs or even their own offices and were largely at the mercy of what the governor's staff chose to tell them and in many ways were often something of a "rubber stamp."

Speaker of the House

The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the House. The Speaker is elected to a two-year term at the beginning of the 1st half of each session of the Tennessee General Assembly. Additionally, the Speaker is second in line for succession to the governorship, after the Speaker of the Senate, in the event of such need. The Speaker appoints members to all committees as well. Even though the Speaker does not have to make committee assignments proportional to the party composition, usually that discretion is used when determining such. Usually, consideration of the abilities, preferences, party representation, and seniority of the members are taken into account. The chairperson, vice chairperson, and secretary of each committee also are chosen by the Speaker and must be given the same considerations in their selection. The Speaker is a voting member of all standing committees of the House, as is the Speaker pro Tempore. The Speaker also serves as co-chairperson of the Joint Legislative Services Committee and must approve, in concurrence with the Speaker of the Senate, the directors of the offices of Legislative Information Services, Legal Services, Legislative Administration, and Legislative Budget Analysis. Additionally, the Speaker is in charge of all facilities, professional and clerical staff, and custodians and security personnel of the House. [2]

The current speaker is Cameron Sexton, who represents Tennessee's 25th district. [3]

Composition of the 112th General Assembly

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature7226990
Beginning of 112th General Assembly7326990
Latest voting share

Officers [4]

Majority Party (R)Leadership PositionMinority Party (D)
William Lamberth Leader Karen Camper
Ron Gant Assistant Leader Harold M. Love Jr.
Jeremy Faison Caucus Chairperson Vincent Dixie
Brandon Ogles Caucus Vice Chairperson Bob Freeman
Johnny Garrett Whip Jason Powell
Paul Sherrell Floor Leader Bill Beck
Michele CarringerCaucus Secretary London Lamar
Mark Cochran Caucus Treasurer Jesse Chism

Members

DistrictNamePartyResidenceCounties Represented
1 John Crawford Republican Kingsport Part of Sullivan
2 Bud Hulsey Republican Kingsport Part of Sullivan
3Scotty CampbellRepublican Blountville Johnson, and parts of Carter and Sullivan County
4 John Holsclaw Jr. Republican Johnson City Unicoi and part of Carter County
5 David B. Hawk Republican Greeneville Part of Greene County
6 James Van Huss Republican Jonesborough Part of Washington County
7Rebecca AlexanderRepublican Jonesborough Part of Washington County
8 Jerome Moon Republican Maryville Part of Blount County
9 Gary Hicks Republican Rogersville Hancock and Hawkins Counties
10 Rick Eldridge Republican Morristown Hamblen County
11 Jeremy Faison Republican Cosby Cocke and parts of Jefferson and Greene Counties
12 Dale Carr Republican Sevierville Part of Sevier County
13 Gloria Johnson Democratic Knoxville Part of Knox County
14 Jason Zachary Republican Knoxville Part of Knox County
15Sam McKenzieDemocratic Knoxville Part of Knox County
16 Bill Dunn Republican Knoxville Part of Knox County
17 Andrew Farmer Republican Sevierville Part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties
18 Eddie Mannis Republican Knoxville Part of Knox County
19 Dave Wright Republican Corryton Part of Knox County
20 Bob Ramsey Republican Maryville Part of Blount County
21 Lowell Russell Republican Vonore Parts of Loudon and Monroe Counties
22 Dan Howell Republican Cleveland Meigs, Polk and part of Bradley Counties
23 Mark Cochran Republican Englewood McMinn and part of Monroe County
24 Mark Hall Republican Cleveland Part of Bradley County
25 Cameron Sexton Republican Crossville Cumberland, Van Buren, and part of Putnam County
26 Robin Smith Republican Hixson Part of Hamilton County
27 Patsy Hazlewood Republican Signal Mountain Part of Hamilton County
28 Yusuf Hakeem Democratic Chattanooga Part of Hamilton County
29 Mike Carter Republican Ooltewah Part of Hamilton County
30 Esther Helton Republican East Ridge Part of Hamilton County
31 Ron Travis Republican Dayton Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County
32 Kent Calfee Republican Kingston Part of Roane and Loudon Counties
33 John Ragan Republican Oak Ridge Part of Anderson County
34 Tim Rudd Republican Murfreesboro Part of Rutherford County
35 Jerry Sexton Republican Bean Station Claiborne, Grainger and part of Union County
36 Dennis Powers Republican Jacksboro Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties
37 Charlie Baum Republican Murfreesboro Part of Rutherford County
38 Kelly Keisling Republican Byrdstown Macon, Clay, Pickett, Scott, and part of Fentress County
39 Iris Rudder Republican Winchester Moore and parts of Franklin and Marion Counties
40 Terri Lynn Weaver Republican Lancaster Smith, Trousdale and parts of DeKalb and Sumner Counties
41 John Windle Democratic Livingston Morgan, Jackson and Overton and part of Fentress County
42 Ryan Williams Republican Cookeville Part of Putnam County
43 Paul Sherrell Republican Sparta White, Grundy and part of Warren Counties
44 William Lamberth Republican Portland Part of Sumner County
45 Johnny Garrett Republican Goodlettsville Part of Sumner County
46 Clark Boyd Republican Lebanon Cannon, and parts of Wilson and DeKalb Counties
47 Rush Bricken Republican Tullahoma Coffee and part of Warren County
48 Bryan Terry Republican Murfreesboro Part of Rutherford County
49 Mike Sparks Republican Smyrna Part of Rutherford County
50 Bo Mitchell Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
51 Bill Beck Democratic Madison Part of Davidson County
52 Mike Stewart Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
53 Jason Powell Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
54 Vincent Dixie Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
55 John Ray Clemmons Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
56 Bob Freeman Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
57 Susan Lynn Republican Mt. Juliet Part of Wilson County
58 Harold M. Love Jr. Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
59 Jason Potts Democratic Nashville Part of Davidson County
60 Darren Jernigan Democratic Old Hickory Part of Davidson County
61 Brandon Ogles Republican Franklin Part of Williamson County
62 Pat Marsh Republican Shelbyville Bedford and part of Lincoln County
63 Glen Casada Republican Franklin Part of Williamson County
64 Scott Cepicky Republican Culleoka Part of Maury County
65 Sam Whitson Republican Franklin Part of Williamson County
66 Sabi "Doc" Kumar Republican Springfield Robertson County
67 Jason Hodges Democratic Clarksville Part of Montgomery County
68 Curtis Johnson Republican Clarksville Part of Montgomery County
69 Michael Curcio Republican Dickson Hickman and parts of Maury and Dickson Counties
70 Clay Doggett Republican Pulaski Giles and part of Lawrence County
71 David Byrd Republican Waynesboro Hardin, Lewis, Wayne and part of Lawrence Counties
72 Kirk Haston Republican Lobelville Henderson, Chester, Decatur and Perry Counties
73 Chris Todd Republican Humboldt Part of Madison County
74 Jay Reedy Republican Erin Houston, Humphreys and part of Montgomery County
75 Bruce Griffey Republican Paris Henry, Benton and Stewart Counties
76Tandy DarbyRepublican Dresden Weakley, and parts of Obion and Carroll Counties
77 Rusty Grills Republican Newbern Dyer, Lake and part of Obion County
78 Mary Littleton Republican Dickson Cheatham and part of Dickson Counties
79 Curtis Halford Republican Dyer Gibson and part of Carroll County
80 Johnny Shaw Democratic Bolivar Parts of Hardeman and Madison Counties
81 Debra Moody Republican Covington Tipton County
82 Chris Hurt Republican Halls Lauderdale, Crockett and Haywood Counties
83 Mark White Republican Memphis Part of Shelby County
84 Joe Towns Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
85 Jesse Chism Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
86 Barbara Cooper Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
87 Karen Camper Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
88 Larry Miller Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
89 Justin Lafferty Republican Knoxville Part of Knox County
90Torrey HarrisDemocratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
91 London Lamar Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
92 Rick Tillis Republican Lewisburg Marshall and parts of Franklin, Lincoln, and Marion Counties
93 G. A. Hardaway Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
94 Ron Gant Republican Rossville Fayette, McNairy and part of Hardeman Counties
95 Kevin Vaughan Republican Collierville Part of Shelby County
96 Dwayne Thompson Democratic Cordova Part of Shelby County
97John GillespieRepublican Bartlett Part of Shelby County
98 Antonio Parkinson Democratic Memphis Part of Shelby County
99 Tom Leatherwood Republican Arlington Part of Shelby County

House Committees

Committees, subcommittees, and their leadership for the 112th General Assembly are as follows: [5]

Standing Committees
CommitteesChairVice ChairSubcommittees
Agriculture and Natural ResourcesRep. Curtis Halford (R)Rep. Rusty Grills (R)Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chair: Rep. Chris Todd (R)
Calendar and RulesRep. Jason Zachary (R)Rep. Lowell Russell (R)
Civil JusticeRep. Mike Carter (R)Rep. Darren Jernigan (D)Civil Justice, Chair: Rep. Andrew Farmer (R)

Children and Family Affairs, Chair: Rep. Mary Littleton (R)

CommerceRep. Kevin Vaughn (R)Rep. Rush Bricken (R)Banking and Consumer Affairs, Chair: Rep. Dennis Powers (R)

Business and Utilities, Chair: Rep. Clark Boyd (R)

Criminal JusticeRep. Michael Curcio (R)Rep. Jerry Sexton (R)Criminal Justice, Chair: Rep. Clay Doggett (R)
Education AdministrationRep. Mark White (R)Rep. Chris Hurt (R)K-12, Chair: Rep. Kirk Haston (R)

Higher Education, Chair: Rep. Justin Lafferty (R)

Education InstructionRep. Debra Moody (R)Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R)Education Instruction, Chair: Rep. Scott Cepicky (R)
Finance, Ways, and MeansRep. Patsy Hazelwood (R)Rep. Charlie Baum (R)Finance, Ways, and Means, Chair: Rep. Gary. Hicks (R)

Appropriations , Chair: Rep. Ryan Williams (R)

Government OperationsRep. John Ragan (R)Rep. Jay Reedy (R)
HealthRep. Bryan Terry (R)Rep. Tom Leatherwood (R)Health, Chair: Rep. Bob Ramsey (R)
InsuranceRep. Sabi Kumar (R)Rep. Iris Rudder (R)Insurance, Chair: Rep. David Hawk (R)
LocalRep. John Crawford (R)Rep. Dave Wright (R)Cities, Chair: Rep. Jerome Moon (R)

Elections and Campaign Finance, Chair: Rep. Tim Rudd (R)

Property and Planning, Chair: Rep. Dale Carr (R)

Naming and DesignatingRep. John Mark Windle (D)Rep. David Byrd (R)
StateRep. Kelly Keisling (R)Rep. Rick Eldridge (R)Corrections, Chair: Rep. Bud Hulsey (R)

Departments and Agencies, Chair: Rep. John Holsclaw (R)

Public Service, Chair: Rep. Esther Helton (R)

TransportationRep. Dan Howell (R)Rep. Mark Hall (R)Transportation, Chair: Rep. Sam Whitson (R)
Select Committees
CommitteesChairSubcommittees
RulesRep. Pat Marsh (R)
EthicsRep. Curtis Johnson (R)Ethics, Chair: Rep. Pat Marsh (R)

Education level among members

Among Republicans, around 30% of all members hold no degree beyond high school completion, less than 20% hold a Master's or other post baccalaureate degree, and less than 10% have a law degree. Among Democrats, of whom there are a substantially lower number, 15% hold no degree beyond high school, around 30% hold a Master's or other post baccalaureate degree, and 25% have a law degree. [6]

Diversity among Representatives

November 2020 saw the election of first openly LGBT+ people ever to hold seats in Tennessee's state house of representatives [7] , Democrat Torrey Harris and Republican Eddie Mannis [8] . Before November 3, 2020, Tennessee was one of just five states in the nation (others being Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana and Mississippi) to have never elected an out LGBT+ person to its state legislature [9] .

Of its 99 members [10] , twenty-one were women [11] in 2020. Representatives Harold Love [12] and Raumesh Akbari hold leadership roles in the National Black Caucus of State Legislators [13] , in which eight Tennessee state lawmakers are members. Akbari is also a State Director with Women in Government, as is Brenda Gilmore [14] .

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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