Paul Bailey (Tennessee)

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Paul Bailey
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Tennessee State Senate, District 15
In office
November 4, 2014 - present
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 1
PredecessorCharlotte Burks (D)
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthMarch 4, 1968
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Bailey is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 15. Bailey was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Bailey is a former Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 43. He was first appointed in January 6, 2014, by White County commissioners in a special-called meeting. Bailey was chosen to replace Charles Curtiss, who resigned January 1, 2014.[1] Bailey did not seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2014.


Bailey is the owner of CB Trucking, and he served as county commissioner until he resigned when appointed as a state representative. He attended Tennessee Tech University. Bailey has served as a member for the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, the House Business & Utilities Committee, and the House Business & Utilities Subcommittee.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Bailey served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2015
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2nd Vice-Chair
Government Operations
Transportation and Safety
Government Operations



See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 18 seats in the Tennessee State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. A general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Betty Vaudt was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Paul Bailey defeated Gary Steakley and Matt Swallows in the Republican primary. William Draper ran as an independent candidate. Bailey defeated Vaudt and Draper in the general election.[3][4]

Tennessee State Senate District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Bailey 73.3% 33,674
     Democratic Betty Vaudt 22.3% 10,263
     Independent William L. Draper 4.4% 2,022
Total Votes 45,959

Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Bailey 48.4% 13,141
Matt Swallows 46.3% 12,577
Gary Steakley 5.3% 1,453
Total Votes 27,171


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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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In 2014, Bailey's endorsements included the following:[5]

  • NRA Political Victory Fund


Bailey is married and has three children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charlotte Burks (D)
Tennessee State Senate District 15
2014 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charles Curtiss (R)
Tennessee House of Representatives District 43
Succeeded by
Kevin Dunlap (D)