James Van Huss

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James Van Huss
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Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6
In office
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPensacola Christian College
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Years of service2006-Present
Office website
Campaign website
James (Micah) Van Huss is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Van Huss served in the Marine Corps for six years, having been deployed thrice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Criminal Justice


Law enforcement drones

On February 4, 2013, Van Huss introduced HB 591, the proposed "Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act." This bill would ban law enforcement agencies from using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones for collecting evidence or conducting surveillance. Exceptions to the general ban would allow drone use for counter-terrorism activities, for operations for which a warrant has been obtained, or for instances in which a law enforcement agency believes that swift action is needed to save life. Senator Mae Beavers introduced the companion SB 796 in the Tennessee State Senate on February 4. Van Huss's bill was assigned to the Civil Justice Committee on February 6.[2]

Campaign themes


Van Huss is pro-life, pro-gun, and favors increasing local control of education. On illegal immigration, he said, "Illegal immigration costs taxpayers and is a threat to our national security. Washington should not hinder the states that address the issue. It's time we elect leaders who will do what's right and best for the country instead of worrying about what's popular."[3]



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 James Van Huss defeated Clayton Stout in the Republican primary. Van Huss is unopposed in the general election.[4][5]


See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Van Huss won election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6. Van Huss defeated incumbent Dale Ford in the August 2 primary election and defeated Michael Clark (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Van Huss 72.3% 16,391
     Democratic Michael Clark 27.7% 6,271
Total Votes 22,662
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Van Huss 53.9% 3,154
Dale Ford Incumbent 46.1% 2,703
Total Votes 5,857

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Van Huss is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Van Huss raised a total of $46,420 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[8]

James Van Huss's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 6 Won $46,420
Grand Total Raised $46,420


Van Huss won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Van Huss raised a total of $46,420.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Van Huss's campaign in 2012
Truth Matters Pac$7,100
Leaders Of Tennessee$5,000
Miller, Andrew$2,800
Van Huss, James (Micah)$2,502
Tennessee Legislative Campaign Cmte$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$46,420
Source:Follow the Money


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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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dale Ford (R)
Tennessee House of Representatives District 6
Succeeded by