Jason Powell

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Jason Powell
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Tennessee House of Representatives, District 53
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 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMontgomery Bell Academy
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Master'sInstitute of Government at Tennessee State University
Office website
Campaign website
Jason Powell is a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Powell received a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He later received a Master's of Public Administration from Tennessee State University. Powell has worked in real estate and non-profit management.

Committee assignments


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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Utilities
State Government


Campaign themes


Powell's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs: Tennesseans Growing Tennessee

  • Excerpt: "As your State Representative, I will make sure we promote the quality of our hard work and produce sustainable results that provide quality jobs."

Education: Building Tennessee's Future

  • Excerpt: "Let’s make our schools, colleges and universities the centers of our communities and institutions in which we take pride."

Safe and Livable Communities

  • Excerpt: "As a resident of this fine community, I will fight to protect our people and our property."

Fiscal Responsibility: Tennessee Prioritizing Tennesseans

  • Excerpt: "It’s important that state legislators always understand the difficulties people of our state face in order to reduce the burden on the individual taxpayers. I am against a state income tax, and I will work diligently to identify ways to reduce the tax burdens on all Tennesseans."



See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Jason Powell was unopposed in the Democratic primary. John Wang was unopposed in the Republican primary. Tonya Miller ran as an Independent candidate. Powell defeated Wang and Miller in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Powell won election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 53. Powell defeated Jason Potts in the August 2 primary election and defeated Ben Claybaker (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Powell 54.4% 10,708
     Republican Ben Claybaker 45.6% 8,992
Total Votes 19,700
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 53 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Powell 66.9% 1,377
Jason Potts 33.1% 680
Total Votes 2,057

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Powell is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Powell raised a total of $143,571 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.[6]

Jason Powell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 53 Won $120,530
2006 Tennessee State House, District 58 Defeated $23,041
Grand Total Raised $143,571


Powell won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Powell raised a total of $120,530.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jason Powell's campaign in 2012
United Association Of Journeymen And Apprentices Of The Plumbing And Pipe Fitting Industry Of The United States And Canada$12,100
Tennessee Education Association$5,000
Tennessee State Employees Association$3,100
International Brotherhood Of Teamsters$3,000
Powell, Mary$2,800
Total Raised in 2012$120,530
Source:Follow the Money


Powell lost the election for the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Powell raised a total of $23,041.


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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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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.


Powell and his wife, Heather, have one child. They currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Janis Baird Sontany (D)
Tennessee House of Representatives District 53
Succeeded by