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Brian Kelsey

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Brian Kelsey
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Tennessee State Senate District 31
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 15, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$19,009/year
Per diem$173/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedDecember 1, 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina
J.D.Georgetown University
Personal
Birthday12/22/1977
Place of birthMemphis, TN
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionNon-denominational Christian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Brian Kelsey (b. December 22, 1977) is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber during a special election in 2009.

Kelsey served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2004 to 2009.

Biography

Kelsey earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina. He went on to receive his J.D. from Georgetown University. He is an attorney for the Kelsey Firm, PLLC. His professional experiences include working in the Office of the Counsel to President George W. Bush and the United States Senatorial Office of Bill Frist.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kelsey served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Judiciary, Chair
Fiscal Review

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kelsey served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kelsey served on these committees:

Issues

No State Income Tax

Kelsey sponsored a “No State Income Tax” constitutional amendment in 2011 and it passed the Senate in mid-May 2011 by a vote of 26 to 4.

Senate Joint Resolution 221 would clarify a prohibition in the Tennessee Constitution against an income tax and a payroll tax.

The Senate action marks the first victory for the resolution in a series of approvals required under Tennessee’s Constitution before the proposed amendment can be considered by voters on the ballot. The resolution moved to the state House for the first of three successive readings on May 18, 2011.

“Not having a state income tax has already brought jobs to Tennessee,” said Senator Kelsey. “If this amendment passes, we will be able to tell prospective businesses that we will never have an income tax in our state, a condition which will help Tennessee become the number one state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”[1]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Brian Kelsey endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Tennessee State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 7, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Brian Kelsey will face Jim Tomasik in the Republican primary.[3]

2010

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Kelsey was re-elected to the 31st District seat in 2010. He defeated Ivon Faulkner (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Tennessee State Senate, District 31, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Brian Kelsey (R) 35,267
Ivon L. Faulkner (D) 19,405

2009

On Dec. 1, 2009, Kelsey won a special election to the 31st District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate, defeating opponent Adrienne Pakis-Gillon (D).[5]

Kelsey raised $19,185 in general contributions for the special election, while Pakis-Gillon raised $19,686.[6]

Tennessee State Senate, District 31 (2009)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Brian Kelsey (R) 7,120
Adrienne Pakis-Gillon (D) 2,394

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kelsey is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Kelsey raised a total of $463,240 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[7]

Brian Kelsey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $128,080
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 31 Won $98,338
2009 Tennessee State Senate, District 31 Won $19,185
2008 Tennessee State House, District 83 Won $70,479
2006 Tennessee State House, District 83 Won $55,335
2004 Tennessee State House, District 83 Won $91,823
Grand Total Raised $463,240

2012

Kelsey was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kelsey raised a total of $128,080.

2010

Kelsey won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kelsey raised a total of $98,338.

2009

Kelsey raised money in general election contributions for the 2009 special election cycle.[8]

Kelsey won election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Kelsey raised a total of $19,185.

2008

Kelsey won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kelsey raised a total of $70,479.

2006

Kelsey won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Kelsey raised a total of $55,335.

2004

Kelsey won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Kelsey raised a total of $91,823.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Stanley
Tennessee Senate District 31
2009-present
Succeeded by
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