Mike Sparks (Tennessee)

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Mike Sparks
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Tennessee House Of Representatives District 49
Incumbent
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Rutherford County
2002-2010
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 11, 1967
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mike Sparks is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Sparks attended Middle Tennessee State University, Volunteer State Community College, the Nashville School of Real Estate, and the Dale Carnegie Institute. He has worked as a realtor, business owner, and business consultant. He was formerly a Rutherford County Commissioner and a member of the City of Smyrna's Municipal Planning Committee.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government
Transportation, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

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. Mike Williams was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mike Sparks defeated Robert Stevens in the Republican primary. Williams and Sparks will face off in the general election.[1][2]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 49 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sparks Incumbent 54.2% 2,287
Robert Stevens 45.8% 1,935
Total Votes 4,222

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sparks won re-election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 49. Sparks was unopposed in the August 2 Republican primary election and defeated Mike Williams (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sparks Incumbent 58.9% 12,532
     Democratic Mike Williams 41.1% 8,757
Total Votes 21,289

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sparks did not have any opponents in the August 5 primary. He defeated Kent Coleman (D) in the general election.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sparks is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Sparks raised a total of $146,628 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.[6]

Mike Sparks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 49 Won $46,930
2010 Tennessee State House, District 49 Won $99,698
Grand Total Raised $146,628

2012

Sparks won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $46,930.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Sparks (Tennessee)'s campaign in 2012
Tennessee Dental Association$1,800
Burgess III, Ernest G$1,500
McCormick, Gerald$1,400
Harwell, Beth Halteman$1,400
Friends Of Tennessee Hospital Association$1,300
Total Raised in 2012$46,930
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sparks won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sparks raised a total of $99,698.

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

Sparks and his wife, Felicia, have two children. They currently reside in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kent Coleman
Tennessee House of Representatives District 49
2010-present
Succeeded by
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