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Tennessee House of Representatives

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tennessee House of Representatives
Tennessee General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
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
Bill Dunn, (R)
since January 8, 2019
Majority Leader
William Lamberth (R)
since January 8, 2019
Minority Leader
Karen Camper (D)
since January 8, 2019
Structure
Seats99
2016-Ten-House.svg
Political groups
Majority party

Minority party

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Tennessee Constitution
Salary$19,009/year
per diem
employee benefits[1]
travel reimbursement
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(99 seats)
Next election
November 2, 2020
(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.

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

Composition of the 111th General Assembly

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 74 25 99 0
Beginning of 111th General Assembly 73 26 99 0
July 24, 2019[4] 72 26 99 1
Latest voting share 73.7% 26.3%

Officers[5]

Majority Party (R) Leadership Position Minority Party (D)
William Lamberth Leader Karen Camper
Ron Gant Assistant Leader Harold Love, Jr
Jeremy Faison Caucus Chairperson Mike Stewart
Brandon Ogles Caucus Vice Chairperson Antonio Parkinson
Vacant[7] Whip Jason Powell
Paul Sherrell Floor Leader Bill Beck
Chris Todd Assistant Floor Leader n/a
Clay Doggett Caucus Secretary London Lamar
Mark Cochran Caucus Treasurer Vincent Dixie

Members

District Name Party Residence Counties Represented
1 John Crawford Republican Kingsport Part of Sullivan
2 Bud Hulsey Republican Kingsport Part of Sullivan
3 Timothy Hill Republican 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 Micah Van Huss Republican Jonesborough Part of Washington County
7 Matthew Hill Republican 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
15 Rick Staples Democratic 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 Martin Daniel 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 G. 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
76 Andy H. Holt Republican Dresden Weakley, and parts of Obion and Carroll Counties
77 Vacant 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 Ward 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
90 John DeBerry Democratic 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 M. 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
97 Jim Coley Republican 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

During the 111th General Assembly, the standing committees are as follows:[8]

Standing Committees
Committees Chair Vice Chair Subcommittees
Agriculture and Natural Resources Curtis Halford (R) Chris Todd (R) Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chair: Andy Holt (R)
Calendar and Rules Jason Zachary (R) Lowell Russell (R)
Commerce Timothy Hill (R) Clay Doggett (R) Banking and Investments, Chair: Dennis Powers (R)

Business, Chair: Ron Travis (R) Utilities, Chair: Pat Marsh (R)

Consumer and Human Resources Clark Boyd (R) Rush Bricken (R) Consumer, Chair: Mike Sparks (R)

Employee Affairs, Chair: John Holsclaw (R)

Education Mark White (R) Kirk Haston (R) K-12, Chair: John Ragan (R)

Curriculum, Testing, and Innovation, Chair: Debra Moody (R) Higher Education, Chair: Jim Coley (R)

Finance, Ways, and Means Susan Lynn (R) Patsy Hazlewood (R) Finance Subcommittee, Chair: Gary Hicks (R)

Appropriations Subcommittee, Chair: Matthew Hill (R)

Government Operations Martin Daniel (R) Iris Rudder (R)
Health Bryan Terry (R) Esther Helton (R) Facilities, Licensure, and Regulations, Chair: Kevin Vaughan (R)

Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Chair: Sabi Kumar (R) Public Health, Chair: Jerry Sexton (R)

Insurance Robin Smith (R) Mark Hall (R) Tenncare, Chair: David Hawk (R)

Life and Health Insurance, Chair: Ryan Williams (R) Property and Casualty, Chair: Darren Jernigan (D)

Judiciary Michael Curcio (R) Johnny Garrett (R) Civil Justice, Chair: Mike Carter (R)

Criminal Justice, Chair: Andrew Farmer (R) Children and Families, Chair; Mary Littleton (R) Constitutional Protections and Sentencing, Chair: Micah VanHuss (R)

Local John Crawford (R) David Wright (R) Elections and Campaign Finance, Chair: Tim Rudd (R)

Cities and Counties, Chair: Jerome Moon (R) Property and Planning, Chair: Dale Carr (R)

Naming, Designating, and Private Acts John Mark Windle (D) Bill Sanderson (R)
State Kelly Keisling (R) Rick Eldrige (R) Corrections, Chair: Bud Hulsey (R)

Departments and Agencies, Chair: Bob Ramsey

Public Service Employees, Chair: Jay Reedy (R)

Transportation Dan Howell (R) Bruce Griffey (R) Infrastructure, Chair: Sam Whitson (R)

Safety and Funding, Chair: Terry Lynn Weaver (R)

Select Committees
Committees Chair
Rules Matthew Hill (R)
Ethics Curtis Johnson (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.[9]

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.tn.gov/hr/employees1/benefits.html "Benefits". Tennessee Department of Human Resources."
  2. ^ "Speaker of the House of Representatives - Tennessee General Assembly". www.capitol.tn.gov. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Allison, Natalie; Ebert, Joel. "House Speaker Cameron Sexton officially sworn in, succeeding ousted Speaker Glen Casada". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Shelton, Caitlyn (July 23, 2019). "State Representative Bill Sanderson to resign". WZTV. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "House Leadership - TN General Assembly". www.capitol.tn.gov. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.wkrn.com/news/dunn-assumes-duties-of-house-speaker-following-casada-resignation/
  7. ^ Pearson, Scott (September 5, 2019). "Tillis resigns as whip". Marshall County Tribune. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "Legislative House Committees - TN General Assembly". www.capitol.tn.gov. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "House Members - TN General Assembly". www.capitol.tn.gov. Retrieved March 30, 2019.

External links

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