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
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 [2]
travel reimbursement
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(99 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(99 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Tennessee state capitol house chamber 2002.jpg
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. [3]

The current speaker is Cameron Sexton, who represents Tennessee's 25th district. [4]

Composition of the 112th General Assembly (20212023)

Composition of the Tennessee House of Representatives as of June 2022
Republican control
Democratic control
Vacant seat Tennessee House Seat Control 2020.svg
Composition of the Tennessee House of Representatives as of June 2022
  Republican control
  Democratic control
  Vacant seat
AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature7326990
Beginning of 112th General Assembly7326990
Latest voting share

Officers [5]

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 Carringer Caucus Secretary London Lamar
Mark Cochran Caucus Treasurer Jesse Chism

Members

DistrictNamePartyFirst ElectedResidenceCounties Represented
1 John Crawford Republican2016 Kingsport Part of Sullivan
2 Bud Hulsey Republican2014 Kingsport Part of Sullivan
3 Scotty Campbell Republican2020 Blountville Johnson county and part of Carter, Hawkins, and Sullivan counties.
4 John Holsclaw Jr. Republican2014 Johnson City Unicoi and part of Carter County
5 David B. Hawk Republican2002 Greeneville Greene County
6 Tim Hicks Republican2020 Jonesborough Part of Washington County
7 Rebecca Alexander Republican2020 Jonesborough Part of Washington County
8 Jerome Moon Republican2017 Maryville Part of Blount County
9 Gary Hicks Republican2016 Rogersville Hancock and parts of Claiborne and Hawkins counties
10 Rick Eldridge Republican2018 Morristown Grainger and part Hamblen County
11 Jeremy Faison Republican2010 Cosby Jefferson, Cocke, and part of Hamblen County
12 Dale Carr Republican2012 Sevierville Part of Sevier County
13Robert StevensRepublican2022 Smyrna Rutherford County
14 Jason Zachary Republican2015 Knoxville Part of Knox County
15 Sam McKenzie Democratic2020 Knoxville Part of Knox County
16 Michele Carringer Republican2020 Knoxville Part of Knox County
17 Andrew Farmer Republican2012 Sevierville Part of Jefferson and Sevier Counties
18Elaine DavisRepublican2022 Knoxville Part of Knox County
19 Dave Wright Republican2018 Corryton Part of Knox County
20Bryan RicheyRepublican2022 Maryville Part of Blount County
21 Lowell Russell Republican2018 Vonore Parts of Loudon and Monroe Counties
22 Dan Howell Republican2014 Cleveland Meigs, Polk and part of Bradley Counties
23 Mark Cochran Republican2018 Englewood McMinn and part of Monroe County
24Kevin RaperRepublican2022 Cleveland Part of Bradley County
25 Cameron Sexton Republican2010 Crossville Cumberland and Putnam County
26Greg MartinRepublican2022 Hixson Part of Hamilton County
27 Patsy Hazlewood Republican2014 Signal Mountain Part of Hamilton County
28 Yusuf Hakeem Democratic2018 Chattanooga Part of Hamilton County
29 Greg Vital Republican2021 (special) Harrison Part of Hamilton County
30 Esther Helton Republican2018 East Ridge Part of Hamilton County
31 Ron Travis Republican2012 Dayton Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Van Buren County
32Monty FrittsRepublican2012 Kingston Part of Roane and part of Loudon Counties
33 John Ragan Republican2010 Oak Ridge Part of Anderson County
34 Tim Rudd Republican2016 Murfreesboro Part of Rutherford County
35William SlaterRepublican2022 Gallatin Sumner and Trousdale counties
36 Dennis Powers Republican2010 Jacksboro Campbell, Union and parts of Claiborne
37 Charlie Baum Republican2018 Murfreesboro Part of Rutherford County
38 Kelly Keisling Republican2010 Byrdstown Macon, Clay, Pickett, Scott, and part of Fentress County
39 Iris Rudder Republican2018 Winchester Franklin and Marion County
40Michael HaleRepublican2022 Smithville Cannon, Dekalb, Jackson, Smith, and Wilson counties
41Ed ButlerRepublican2022 Cookeville Overton, Roane, Morgan and part of Anderson and Fentress counties
42 Ryan Williams Republican2010 Cookeville Putnam County
43 Paul Sherrell Republican2016 Sparta Warren and White counties
44 William Lamberth Republican2012 Portland Part of Sumner County
45 Johnny Garrett Republican2018 Goodlettsville Part of Sumner County
46 Clark Boyd Republican2018 Lebanon Part of Wilson County
47 Rush Bricken Republican2018 Tullahoma Coffee and Grundy County
48 Bryan Terry Republican2018 Murfreesboro Part of Rutherford County
49 Mike Sparks Republican2010 Smyrna Part of Rutherford County
50 Bo Mitchell Democratic2012 Nashville Part of Davidson County
51 Bill Beck Democratic2014 Madison Part of Davidson County
52Justin JonesDemocratic2022 Nashville Part of Davidson County
53 Jason Powell Democratic2012 Nashville Part of Davidson County
54 Vincent Dixie Democratic2018 Nashville Part of Davidson County
55 John Ray Clemmons Democratic2014 Nashville Part of Davidson County
56 Bob Freeman Democratic2018 Nashville Part of Davidson County
57 Susan Lynn Republican2013 Mt. Juliet Part of Wilson County
58 Harold M. Love Jr. Democratic2012 Nashville Part of Davidson County
59Caleb HemmerDemocratic2022 Nashville Part of Davidson County
60 Darren Jernigan Democratic2012 Old Hickory Part of Davidson County
61Gino BulsoRepublican2022Brentwood]]Part of Williamson County
62 Pat Marsh Republican2009 Shelbyville Bedford, Moore, and part of Lincoln County
63Jake McCalmonRepublican2022 Franklin Part of Williamson County
64 Scott Cepicky Republican2018 Culleoka Part of Maury County
65 Sam Whitson Republican2016 Franklin Part of Williamson County
66 Sabi "Doc" Kumar Republican2014 Springfield Robertson County
67Ronnie GlynnDemocratic2022 Clarksville Part of Montgomery County
68 Curtis Johnson Republican2004 Clarksville Part of Montgomery County
69Jody BarrettRepublican2022 Dickson Hickman, Lewis and part of Dickson Counties
70 Clay Doggett Republican2018 Pulaski Giles and part of Lawrence and Lincoln counties
71Kip CapleyRepublican2022 Summertown Wayne and part of Hardin, Lawrence, and Maury counties
72 Kirk Haston Republican2018 Lobelville Henderson, Chester, Decatur, Perry, and part of Hardin
73 Chris Todd Republican2018 Humboldt Part of Madison County
74 Jay Reedy Republican2014 Erin Benton, Houston, Humphreys, Stewart, and part of Henry counties
75Jeff BurkartRepublican2022 Clarksville part of Montgomery county
76 Tandy Darby Republican2020 Greenfield Weakley, and parts of Henry and Carroll Counties
77 Rusty Grills Republican2020 Newbern Dyer, Lake and Obion County
78 Mary Littleton Republican2012 Dickson Cheatham and part of Dickson Counties
79Brock MartinRepublican2022 Huntington Gibson, and part of Carroll County
80 Johnny Shaw Democratic2000 Bolivar Parts of Hardeman and Madison Counties
81 Debra Moody Republican2012 Covington Tipton County
82 Chris Hurt Republican2018 Halls Lauderdale, Crockett and Haywood Counties
83 Mark White Republican2010 Memphis Part of Shelby County
84 Joe Towns Democratic1994 Memphis Part of Shelby County
85 Jesse Chism Democratic2018 Memphis Part of Shelby County
86VacantN/AN/APart of Shelby County
87 Karen Camper Democratic2008 Memphis Part of Shelby County
88 Larry Miller Democratic1992 Memphis Part of Shelby County
89 Justin Lafferty Republican2018 Knoxville Part of Knox County
90 Torrey Harris Democratic2020 Memphis Part of Shelby County
91VacantN/AN/APart of Shelby County
92 Todd Warner Republican2020 Lewisburg Marshall and parts of Franklin, Lincoln, and Marion Counties
93 G. A. Hardaway Democratic2006 Memphis Part of Shelby County
94 Ron Gant Republican2016 Rossville Fayette, McNairy and part of Hardeman Counties
95 Kevin Vaughan Republican2017 Collierville Part of Shelby County
96 Dwayne Thompson Democratic2016 Cordova Part of Shelby County
97 John Gillespie Republican2020 Memphis Part of Shelby County
98 Antonio Parkinson Democratic2011 Memphis Part of Shelby County
99 Tom Leatherwood Republican2018 Arlington Part of Shelby County

House Committees

Committees, subcommittees, and their leadership for the 112th General Assembly are as follows: [6]

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. Andrew Farmer (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 JusticeVacantRep. 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. [7]

Diversity among Representatives

November 2020 saw the election of first openly LGBT+ people ever to hold seats in Tennessee's state house of representatives, [8] Democrat Torrey Harris and Republican Eddie Mannis. [9] 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. [10]

Of its 99 members, [11] twenty-one were women [12] in 2020. Representatives Harold Love [13] and Raumesh Akbari hold leadership roles in the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, [14] in which eight Tennessee state lawmakers are members. Akbari is also a State Director with Women in Government, as is Brenda Gilmore. [15]

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also

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