Gary Odom

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Gary Odom
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Tennessee House Of Representatives District 55
Incumbent
In office
1986-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 28
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1986
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEast Tennessee State University, 1973
Master'sEastern Kentucky University, 1975
Personal
BirthdayNovember 1, 1951
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Gary Odom (b. November 1, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 55. He was first elected to the chamber in 1986. He served as Majority Leader from 2008 until 2010.

Biography

Odom earned his B.S. in Law Enforcement Services from East Tennessee State University in 1973. He went on to receive his M.S. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University in 1975. He has worked as a special investigator for the Tennessee Attorney General and a faculty member at Aquinas Junior College. Odom served on the Metro Council of the City of Nashville from 1983 to 1995.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Ways, and Means
Health
TACIR

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Cigarette tax

In January 2014, Odom supported an additional 44-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes to help fund the state's Medicaid expansion. Such a tax would be added on top of the 62 cents already paid by Tennessee citizens, and also on top of $1.01 in federal taxes per pack. Odom argues that the extra tax revenue will bring in an extra $175 million a year, which will go to expand TennCare, the state’s version of Medicaid, under the federal health reform law.[1]

Democratic platform

2010

Odom didn’t expect members of the House Democratic Caucus to hold him responsible for the party’s losses in the November 2010 midterm elections.

“I think the caucus members know what I did at the election. They know what happened,” said Odom, who sought re-election to another term as his party’s floor leader. He lost the position to Craig Fitzhugh.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Gary Odom was defeated by John Ray Clemmons in the Democratic primary. Clemmons is unopposed in the general election.[3][4]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 55 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ray Clemmons 53.7% 2,401
Gary Odom 46.3% 2,074
Total Votes 4,475

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Odom won re-election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 55. Odom ran unopposed in the August 2 primary election and defeated Susan Shann (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Odom Incumbent 77.3% 14,645
     Green Susan Shann 22.7% 4,297
Total Votes 18,942

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Odom won re-election to the 55th District seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[7] He defeated Republican Timothy Lee in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Odom won re-election to the 55th District Seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives, defeating opponent Timothy Lee (R).[9]

Odom raised $243,976 for his campaign while Lee raised $2,700.[10]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 55 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Odom (D) 15,806
Timothy Lee (R) 8,264

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Odom is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Odom raised a total of $915,588 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 2, 2013.[11]

Gary Odom's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $134,530
2010 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $168,410
2008 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $243,976
2006 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $66,491
2004 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $85,815
2002 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $28,600
2000 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $46,692
1998 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $97,470
1996 Tennessee State House, District 55 Won $43,604
Grand Total Raised $915,588

2012

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $134,530.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Odom's campaign in 2012
Odom, Gary$49,975
Tennessee Spine & Nerve Institute Inc$14,200
Lensgraf Clinic PC$8,750
Odom, Gary$8,130
Jack Daniels$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$134,530
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $168,410.

2008

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $243,976.

2006

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $66,491.

2004

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $85,815.

2002

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $28,600.

2000

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $46,692.

1998

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $97,470.

1996

Odom won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Odom raised a total of $43,604.

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

Odom and his wife, Rachel, have two children. They currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Preceded by
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Tennessee House of Representatives District 55
1986–present
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