Frank Niceley

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Frank Niceley
Frank S. Niceley.jpg
Tennessee State Senate District 8
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8. 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives District 17
2005-2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee, 1969
Personal
BirthdayMarch 3, 1947
Place of birthKnoxville, TN
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Frank S. Niceley (b. March 3, 1947) is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Niceley served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1988 to 1992 and 2005 to 2012.

Biography

Niceley earned his B.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1969. He has worked as a managing partner, farmer, and businessman.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Transportation and Safety

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Hemp farming legalization

In August 2013, Niceley floated the idea of legislation legalizing hemp farming in Tennessee, as Kentucky and other states did in the several years prior to Niceley's idea. He argued that industrial hemp could be a viable crop for farmers, and that hemp can be made into clothing, paper, rope, and many other items. He also noted that hemp is legal to buy, sell, import, and export, but not grow. Emphasizing that hemp is not marijuana, Niceley suggested that farmers should be allowed to tap into this market in the state. Growing hemp was also prohibited by federal law at the time of Niceley's idea.[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012

Niceley ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee State Senate District 8. Niceley defeated Jeffrey D. Brantley, Cynthia Bundren Jackson, Hobart L. Rice, and Michael Williams in the Republican primary on August 2, 2012. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Tennessee State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Nicely 44.6% 7,021
Cynthia Bundren Jackson 34.5% 5,432
Jeffrey Brantley 11.5% 1,817
Hobart Rice 9.4% 1,483
Total Votes 15,753

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Niceley was re-elected to the 17th District seat in 2010. He defeated Democrat Mike Dockery in the general election on November 2, 2010. He was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[5][6]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frank S. Niceley (R) 12,638
Mike Dockery (D) 4,233

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Niceley won re-election to the 17th District Seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives, defeating opponent David Seal (D).[7]

Niceley raised $23,750 for his campaign while Seal raised $5,295.[8]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frank Niceley (R) 16,876
David Seal (D) 7,872

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Niceley is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Niceley raised a total of $318,457 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[9]

Frank Niceley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 17/Tennessee State Senate, District 8* Won $137,535
2010 Tennessee State House, District 17 Won $25,025
2008 Tennessee State House, District 17 Won $23,750
2006 Tennessee State House, District 17 Won $38,400
2004 Tennessee State House, District 17 Won $93,747
Grand Total Raised $318,457

2012

Niceley won election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Niceley raised a total of $133,580.
Tennessee State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Frank Niceley's campaign in 2012
Tennessee Mining Association$4,500
Tennessee State Employees Association$4,500
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association$4,000
Tennessee Association Of Realtors$3,250
Brumit, Walter$2,800
Total Raised in 2012$133,580
Source:Follow the Money

Niceley originally ran for election in Tennessee House of Representatives District 17 before switching to the Senate, and raised money for that effort.

Niceley was not up for election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Niceley raised a total of $3,955.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Frank Niceley's campaign in 2012
Unitemized contributions$3,955
Total Raised in 2012$3,955
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Niceley won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Niceley raised a total of $25,025.

2008

Niceley won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Niceley raised a total of $23,750.

2006

Niceley won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Niceley raised a total of $38,400.

2004

Niceley won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Niceley raised a total of $93,747.

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.

Personal

Niceley and his wife, Cindie, have four children. They currently reside in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Tennessee House of Representatives District 17
2005–2012
Succeeded by
Andrew E. Farmer (R)
Preceded by
Doug Overbey
Tennessee State Senate District 8
2012–Present
Succeeded by
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