Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis, Tennessee
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General information
Mayor A C Wharton Memphis TN 2012-04-28 001.jpg
Mayor:A. C. Wharton
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:October 1, 2014
Last city council election:2011
Next city council election:October 1, 2014
City council seats:13
2015 FY Budget:$618 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:653,450
Gender:52.5% Female
Race:White 27.5%
African American 63.3%
Asian 1.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.2%
Two or More 1.4%
Median household income:$36,817
High school graduation rate:82.3%
College graduation rate:23.4%
Related Memphis offices
Tennessee Congressional Delegation
Tennessee State Legislature
Tennessee state executive offices
Memphis is a city in Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. As of 2013, its population was 653,450.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Memphis utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations.[2] A. C. Wharton is the current Mayor of Memphis.[3]

City council

The Memphis City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]


Memphis's city council has thirteen members. Seven members are elected by one of the city's seven districts, while the other six are elected by super districts, larger districts that consists of two or more regular sized districts. In Memphis, there are two super districts. Each elects three representatives. "Super District 8" encompasses all of Districts 6 and 7 along with parts of Districts 3 and 4. "Super District 9" encompasses all of Districts 1, 2 and 5 along with the parts of Districts 3 and 4 not included in Super District 8.[5] A list of current council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Memphis City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[6]

For a full list of Memphis' city boards and commissions, see here.



See also: Memphis, Tennessee municipal elections, 2015

The city of Memphis, Tennessee will hold elections for mayor and city council on October 8, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 17, 2015. All 13 city council seats are up for election.[7]


Memphis's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $618 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
City Hall
125 N. Main St. Room 700
Memphis, Tn 38103
Phone: (901) 636-6000

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Shelby County, Tennessee ballot measures

The city of Memphis is in Shelby County. A list of ballot measures in Shelby County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Tennessee

Memphis is a home rule charter city. It does not authorize initiative.


In 2013, Memphis' federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $100,000.[9] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[10][11] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Memphis filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Labor, Antitrust and Workplace
4 Transportation
3 Taxes
2 Natural Resources
2 Housing
2 Law Enforcement and Crime
1 Clean Air and Water
1 Economics and Economic Development
1 Education

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