Kent Williams, Tennessee Representative

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Kent Williams
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Tennessee House of Representatives District 4
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyCarter County Republican
Leadership
Speaker of the House, Tennessee House of Representatives
2009-2011
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolUnaka High School, 1967
Personal
BirthdayJune 23, 1949
Place of birthElizabethton, TN
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kent Williams (b. June 23, 1949) is a Carter County Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. In February of 2009, he changed his Political Party Affiliation from Republican to Carter County Republican. He served as Speaker of the House from 2009 to 2011.

On August 29, 2013, Williams announced he would not run for re-election in 2014 and retire from the House.[1]

Biography

Williams graduated from Unaka High School in 1967. He has worked in the Engineering Department for the Tennessee Department of Transportation and as Restaurant Manager of Sizzler Family Steakhouses. From 1981 to 1991, he was Vice President of Operations for Family Steak Houses of Miami, Incorporated. Williams then worked as Vice President of Steak Houses of Homestead, Incorporated from 1991 to 1995. He has been the owner of Dinos Restaurant since 1995.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Utilities
State Government

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Williams won re-election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 4. Williams defeated Thomas M. Gray, III (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngKent Williams Incumbent 53.7% 11,473
     Republican Thomas Gray III 46.3% 9,887
Total Votes 21,360

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Williams was re-elected to the 4th District seat in 2010. He defeated Republican Jerome Cochran in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kent Williams (I) 7,937
Jerome Cochran (R) 5,899

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Williams won re-election to the 4th District Seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives, defeating opponent Priscilla Steele (I).[5]

Williams raised $71,496 for his campaign while Steele raised $0.[6]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 4 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kent Williams (R) 14,816
Priscilla Steele (D) 3,087

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $360,238 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[7]

Kent Williams's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 4 Won $96,175
2010 Tennessee State House, District 4 Won $161,381
2008 Tennessee State House, District 4 Won $71,496
2006 Tennessee State House, District 4 Won $31,186
Grand Total Raised $360,238

2012

Williams won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $96,175.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kent Williams's campaign in 2012
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of Tennessee$7,000
Tennessee Education Association$5,500
Tennessee State Employees Association$3,600
Tennessee State Pipe Trades Association$3,500
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association$3,250
Total Raised in 2012$96,175
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Williams won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $161,381.

2008

Williams won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $71,496.

2006

Williams won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $31,186.

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

Williams and his wife, Gayle, have four children. They currently reside in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Controversies

Removal from Republican Party

On February 9, 2009 Williams was kicked out of the Republican Party by Tennessee Republican Party Chairwoman Robin Smith. Smith claimed that she would "no longer recognize Rep. Kent Williams as a Republican in good standing in the state of Tennessee."[8] Williams sided with 49 Democrats to become the Speaker of the House in January, which Smith found to be in violation of Republican Party bylaws, which require members to vote for Republican nominees. After his removal from the GOP, Williams found it appropriate to form the Carter County Republican Caucus, stating he was not comfortable siding with Democrats.[8]

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