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$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedDecember 1, 2009
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 18 seats in the Tennessee State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. A general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Brian Kelsey was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kelsey was unopposed in the general election. Jim Tomasik was removed from the candidate list before the Republican primary.[3][4]

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.[5]

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).[6]

Kelsey raised $19,185 in general contributions for the special election, while Pakis-Gillon raised $19,686.[7]

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.[8]

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.
Tennessee State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brian Kelsey's campaign in 2012
West Tennessee Radiology PAC$5,000
StudentsFirst$4,500
Tennessee First$4,500
Tennessee Federation For Children PAC$3,500
Tennessee Health Management$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$128,080
Source:Follow the Money

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.

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.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 8 to April 19. In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 14 to April 18.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 11 to May 21. In 2012, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 10 through May 1.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on Pro-life legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.

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References

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