Tennessee Resources

Population: 6,600,299 (2015)

Filing deadline: April 5, 2018.

Primary: Aug. 2, 2018.

Tennessee (R+12) is a conservative state, where the Democrats have been almost wiped out on the State and Federal level. It is 78% White and 16% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 11. Ten­nessee is a safe GOP state in Pre­si­dential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Bob Corker

Senator class 1: Bob Corker (R)
Committees: Foreign Relations (Chair), Banking, Budget.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Oct 28, 2016:
Likely GOP.

Status, Oct 28, 2016:
Constructor and Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (b.1952) was first elected to the Senate in 2006. He won 65% in 2012, but is not seeking reelection in 2018.

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Lamar Alexander

Senator class 2: Lamar Alex­ander (R)
Committees: Health & Education (Chair), Appropriations, Energy, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Lamar Alex­ander

Rating, Jan 28, 2016:
TBD.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Lawyer Lamar Alex­ander (b.1940) has been Governor, Federal Secretary of Education and a presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and took 62% in 2014.

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Representatives: 9 Representatives; 2 Democrats and 7 Republicans.

Phil Roe

District 1
Representative: Phil Roe (R)
Committees: Education, Veterans (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Phil Roe

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 12, 2016:
The district (R+25) covers the northeastern corner of the state. It is 94% White. Physician Phil Roe (b.1945) defeated an incumbent Republican in the 2008 primary and won 78% in 2016.

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Jimmy Duncan

District 2
Representative: Jimmy Duncan (R)
Committees: Oversight, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Aug 7, 2016:
The district (R+20) lies in the northeastern areas and includes all of Knoxville. It is 89% White. Lawyer Jimmy Duncan (b.1947) won the district in a special election in 1988, after his late father. He won 76% in 2016 but is not seeking reelection.

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Chuck Fleischmann

District 3
Representative: Chuck Fleischmann (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Chuck Fleisch­mann

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 12, 2016:
The district (R+16) contains eastern parts, including Chattanooga in the south. It is 85% White and 10% Black. Lawyer Chuck Fleischmann (b.1962) was first elected in 2010 and has had tough primaries ever since. He won 66% in 2016.

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Scott DesJarlais

District 4
Representative: Scott DesJarlais (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Services, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Scott DesJar­lais

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 12, 2016:
The district (R+18) lies in south central Tennessee. It is 85% White. Physician Scott DesJar­lais (b.1964) took the seat from an incumbent Democrat in 2010, but in late 2012, a huge sex scandal came to light. He took 56% in November that year. He had primary competitions both in 2014 and 2016, but benefited from several opponents and was re-nominated. He won 65% in 2016.

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Jim Cooper

District 5
Representative: Jim Cooper (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Jim Cooper
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 12, 2016:
The district (D+5) covers central parts, including Nashville. It is 65% White, 23% Black and 8% Hispanic. Lawyer Jim Cooper (b.1954) was first elected in 1982 but ran for Senate in 1994 and lost to a Republican. He won back his House seat in 2002 and took 63% in 2016.

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Diane Black

District 6
Representative: Diane Black (R)
Committees: Budget (leder), Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Aug 3, 2017:
The district (R+21) covers northern and central areas of the state. It is 92% White. Nurse and State Senator Diane Black (b.1951) was first elected in 2010 and won 71% in 2016. She is running for Governor in 2018.

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Marsha Blackburn

District 7
Representative: Marsha Blackburn (R)
Committees: Energy and Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 12, 2016:
The district (R+18) contains central and western parts of the state and is 84% White and 9% Black. Businesswoman and State Senator Marsha Blackburn (b.1952) was first elected in 2002 and won 72% in 2016. She is running for Senator in 2018.

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David Kustoff

District 8
Representative: David Kustoff (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: David Kustoff

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 12, 2016:
The district (R+19) covers western parts, including a little of Memphis. It is 77% White and 19% Black. Ex-Federal Attorney David Kustoff (b.1966) held the seat for the GOP in 2016, with 69%.

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Steve Cohen

District 9
Representative: Steve Cohen (D)
Committees: Judiciary, Ethics, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Steve Cohen
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 12, 2016:
The district (D+25) covers most of Memphis and is 61% Black and 30% White. Nonetheless, since 2006 it has been represented by Jewish lawyer and State Senator Steve Cohen (b.1949) who won 79% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The third Saturday of January.

The Governor of Tennessee is term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, s/he can run for 2 x 4 more years.

Bill Haslam

Governor: Bill Haslam (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Businessman and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (b.1958), was first elected in 2010 and won 70% in 2014. He is term limited.

The President of the State Senate is also the Lieutenant Governor.

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State Senate: 33 (5D / 28R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 99 (25 / 74R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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