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2011 Incoming Legislators: 107th General Assembly

Tennessee House of Representatives New Members

Campbell

Rep. Scotty Campbell - District 3

Rep. Campbell is a Republican from Mountain City, who will be taking the vacated House seat formerly held by Rep. Jason Mumpower. He is a native of Johnson County where he has served as a volunteer firefighter, 911 dispatcher and radio personality. Campbell has spent the last four years working for House Speaker Kent Williams and various other members of the General Assembly in Nashville. He has a bachelor's degree from Cumberland University and is working on graduate studies at Tennessee State University. He will be representing Johnson and part of Sullivan Counties.

 

Swann

Rep. Art Swann - District 8

Rep. Swann is a Republican from Maryville, where he lives with his wife Janet and is the owner of the family business, Cherokee Lumber Company. Rep. Swann, a graduate from UT Martin, has previously served two terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives, four years on the Blount County Commission and as the head of the Blount County Republican Party. He will assume the seat vacated by Rep. Joe McCord. Born and raised in Tennessee, Swann will be representing parts of Blount and Sevier Counties.

 

Miller

Rep. Don Miller - District 10

Rep. Miller is a Republican from Hamblen County, where he lives with his wife of thirty years, Traci. Miller, a 2008 delegate to the Republican National Convention, currently serves as the business administrator for the Manley Baptist Church. Rep. Miller received a bachelor's de- gree from Auburn University and a master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary prior to moving to Tennessee. He will assume the seat vacated by Rep. John Litz that represents Hamblen County.

 

Faison

Rep. Jeremy Faison - District 11

Rep. Faison is a Republican from Cocke County where he resides with his wife, Miriam and their four children. Born in Georgia, Faison currently lives in Cosby, where he has owned Rocky Top Pest Control, a small business, for fourteen years and serves in a leadership role at Crossroads Community Church. Prior to attending Clearwater College, Faison was home- schooled through high school, a tradition he and his wife have continued with their own chil- dren. Rep. Faison defeated incumbent Rep. Eddie Yokely to assume the House seat for Cocke and part of Greene County.

 

Hall

Rep. Steve Hall - District 18

Rep. Hall, a Republican from Knox County, where he lives with Janet, his wife of thirty-seven years, will assume the House seat vacated by, now State Senator, Stacey Campfield. Hall, a former two-term Knoxville City Councilman and Chairman of the Knoxville City Beer Board, is the president and owner of Knoxville-based Interior Finishes Corp. Hall has also been the host for the local Politics Knoxville Live broadcast for the past thirteen years. Hall will be rep- resenting part of Knox County.

 

Forgety

Rep. John Forgety - District 23

Rep. Forgety is a Republican from McMinn County and will assume the House seat vacated by, now Senator, Mike Bell. Forgety, now retired after forty years of education service and twenty years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, lives near Athens with his wife Faye. In addition to multiple distinguished military service awards, Forgety has held multiple civic and social positions within McMinn County and holds auctioneer and real estate licenses. He will be representing McMinn and part of Monroe Counties.

 

Sexton

Rep. Cameron Sexton - District 25

Rep. Sexton is a Republican from Cumberland County where he lives with his two children. A member of Central Baptist Church in Crossville and the Crossville Noon Rotary Club, Sexton is currently working as a Hospice Representative. Having graduated from UT Knoxville in 1994 with a degree in Public Administration, Sexton served as a community liaison for former Congressman Van Hilleary. He is assuming the House seat formerly held by Rep. Eric Swafford, whom he defeated in the GOP Primary. Sexton will be representing Cumberland and Bledsoe Counties.

 

Hurley

Rep. Julia Hurley - District 32

Rep. Hurley is a Republican from Loudon County where she currently lives with her daughter, also named Julia. A resident of Lenoir City, Hurley defeated the long-time incumbent Democ- rat, Rep. Dennis Ferguson, to assume the House seat for Loudon and Roane Counties. Hur- ley has been involved in political campaigns at the state and federal level, including the 2000 and 2004 George Bush campaigns. Having earned a business degree from Maryville College, Rep. Hurley is now the owner of the JaCy Company, a consulting and merchandise firm, and the online retail site, SECGrilltoppers.com.

 

Ragan

Rep. John Ragan - District 33

Rep. Ragan is a Republican from Anderson County, where he lives with his wife, Elizabeth. Having moved to Oak Ridge to be nearer to his two children, both UT Knoxville graduates, and their families, Ragan is a business consultant and retired Air Force fighter pilot with twenty-four years of service. Ragan holds degrees from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has served as Adjunct Faculty at UT Knoxville in addition to pursuing his doctoral degree. He will assume the House seat formerly held by in- cumbent Rep. Jim Hackworth, representing part of Anderson County.

 

Womick

Rep. Rick Womick - District 34

Rep. Womick is a Republican from Rutherford County where he lives with his wife Jan and their four children. After college, Womick spent three years as a school teacher before be- coming an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Following his service during the 1st Gulf War, he joined a commercial airline and still serves as an international pilot. Womick is also a licensed Federal Law Enforcement Officer, a designation he pursued following the events of 9/11. Womick will assume the House seat vacated by Rep. Donna Rowland that represents part of Rutherford County.

 

Powers

Rep. Dennis Powers - District 36

Rep. Powers is a Republican from Campbell County where he resides with his wife of twenty- three years, Tracy. Graduating from UT Knoxville with a degree in business administration, Powers opened and remains the owner of an Allstate Insurance Agency. He has also served as the president of the South Campbell County Rotary Club and as golf coach for Jacksboro Middle School. Powers will assume the House seat for Campbell and Union Counties, having defeated the incumbent, Rep. Chad Faulkner, in the GOP Primary.

 

Keisling

Rep. Kelly Keisling - District 38

Rep. Keisling is a Republican from Pickett County where he lives with Janet, his wife of thirty -eight years. After attending Belmont University, Keisling started the Pickett Supply Co. with his father and eventually opened and continues to run Keisling Insurance. Keisling, in addition to being a native of Pickett County, he is also its former mayor. Having defeated long time incumbent, Rep.Les Winningham, Keisling will assume the House seat for Jackson, Clay, Pickett, Scott and part of Anderson Counties.

 

Alexander

Rep. David Alexander - District 39

Rep. Alexander is a Republican from Franklin County where he now lives with his wife of thirty-six years, Cile. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Alexander moved to Winchester in 1995 to open Reliable Rental, a special event and contracting business. Prior to moving to Tennes- see, Alexander served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and a Special Forces reserv- ist before rising to an executive role for the Walker Jones Equipment Co.. He will assume the House seat for Franklin County and parts of Lincoln and Moore Counties formerly held by long time incumbent, Rep. George Fraley.

 

Williams

Rep. Ryan Williams - District 42

Rep. Williams is a Republican from Putnam County, where he lives with his wife Abby and their two children. After attending Carson-Newman College on a soccer scholarship, he worked his way to part ownership of a local rug company prior to moving to Cookeville. Cur- rently, Williams is the Director of Business Development for J&S Construction Company. Wil- liams also has served as a Cookeville City Councilman. He will assume the House seat for- merly held by Rep. Henry Fincher and will be representing part of Putnam County.

 

Pody

Rep. Mark Pody - District 46

Rep. Pody is a Republican from Wilson County where he resides with Barbara, his wife of thirty-eight years, on a farm near Lebanon. In addition to several small businesses throughout Tennessee, Pody is also the owner of a financial planning and insurance firm. Pody will as- sume the House seat held by long-time Democrat incumbent Rep. Stratton Bone. Pody will be representing the constituents of Cannon, Trousdale, and part of Wilson Counties.

 

Sparks

Rep. Mike Sparks - District 49

Rep. Sparks is a Republican from Rutherford County, where he continues to live with his wife of twenty years, Felicia, and their two sons. In addition to his personal businesses, MidTnAutos, Sparks has previously served on the Rutherford County Commission and City of Smyrna's Municipal Planning Committee. Sparks, a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University, will assume the House seat formerly held by incumbent Rep. Kent Coleman. He will be representing part of Rutherford County.

 

Elam

Rep. Linda Elam - District 57

Rep. Elam is a Republican from Wilson County where she has served as the Mayor of Mt. Juliet for the past six years. Prior to serving as mayor, Elam served on the Regional Planning Commission and as the Vice Mayor of the City. Elam will assume the House seat vacated by Rep. Susan Lynn and will be representing part of Wilson and Sumner Counties.

 

Gotto

Rep. Jim Gotto - District 60

Rep. Gotto is a Republican from Davidson County where he resides with his wife of thirty-two years, Carol. Having earned a degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, Gotto spent thirty-two years with Bellsouth. He has also served for the past seven years as a Metro Council member and Metro Planning Commissioner. Gotto will assume the House seat vacated by the retiring Rep. Ben West. He will be representing part of Davidson County.

 

Butt

Rep. Sheila Butt - District 64

Rep. Butt is a Republican from Maury County, where she resides with her Husband Stan. After graduating from East Tennessee State University, Butt co-founded S&S Bovine Images and Tn. Cattle Business, two companies focused on marketing and promoting the Tn. Cattle Industry. In addition to authoring several parenting books, Butt has served as a lecturer at Freed-Hardeman University and is currently the managing partner of MacInk Printers. She assuumes the House seat formerly held by Rep. Ty Cobb and will be representing part of Maury County.

 

Wirgau

Rep. Tim Wirgau - District 75

Rep. Wirgau is a Republican from Henry County, where he resides with his wife of twenty- eight years, Bonnie. Born in Michigan, the Wirgaus came to Paris, Tennessee in 1993 to open a printing firm that continues to grow and their two children have become involved in the family business. Wirgau also served previously as a Henry County Commissioner and will now be assuming the House seat formerly held by long-time Democrat incumbent, Rep. Butch Borchert. He will be representing Henry, Benton and Stewart Counties.

 

Holt

Rep. Andy Holt - District 76

Rep. Holt is a Republican from Weakley County, where he resides with his wife Ellie and their two children. With Animal Science and Business degrees from both UT Knoxville and UT Martin respectively, Holt started Holt Family Farms, near Dreseden, processing swine, cattle, and goats. The farm also serves as an agritourism business by hosting local schools for classes and a pick'em pumpkin patch. Holt, currently a Weakley County Commissioner, is assuming the House seat formerly held by Rep. Mark Maddox and will be representing Weak- ley and part of Carroll Counties.

 

Sanderson

Rep. Bill Sanderson - District 77

Rep. Sanderson is a Republican from Obion County, where he resides with Valerie, his wife of thirty years, and their three children. Having graduated from Lambuth College, Sanderson has operated a regional furniture store, C.W. Sanderson's, for the past twenty-nine years. The Sanderson family has also been very active and successful in showing Tennessee Walk- ing Horses for many years. Sanderson, a Planning and Zoning Commission member, will as- sume the House seat formerly held by Rep. Judy Barker. He will be representing Lake, Obion and part of Dyer Counties.

 

Tennessee State Senate New Members

Campfield

Sen. Stacey Campfield - District 7

Sen. Campfield is a Republican from Knox County, where he currently resides. Campfield will assume the Senate seat vacated by, now Knox County Mayor, Tim Burchett. Originally from New York, Campfield is currently a real estate re-developer in Knoxville. Previously, Camp- field represented House District 18 and served as Chairman for the State and Local Subcom- mittee of the House Government Operations Committee. He will be representing part of Knox County.

 

Bell

Sen. Mike Bell - District 9

Sen. Bell is a Republican from McMinn County, where he lives with his wife of twenty-five years, Lisa, and their five children. Bell has served as Representative for House District 23 for the past four years in addition to his involvement with the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the McMinn County Republican Party. Bell is a Cleveland State Community College graduate and currently owns a small business and farm near Riceville. He will assume the Senate seat va- cated by Sen. Dewayne Bunch and will be representing Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, and Polk Counties.

 

Summerville

Sen. Jim Summerville - District 25

Sen. Summerville is a Republican from Dickson County, where he resides with his wife. Sum- merville currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Austin Peay State University and has previously held positions on the Dickson County Higher Education Foundation, Dickson Kiwanis Club and Dickson County Help Center boards. He will assume the Senate seat held by incumbent Democrat, Sen. Doug Jackson. Summerville will be representing Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence, and Lewis Counties.