Raumesh Akbari

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Raumesh Akbari
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Tennessee House of Representatives, District 91
In office
January 14, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 7, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 21, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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Raumesh Akbari is a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 91. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 21, 2013.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2015
Criminal Justice
Education Instruction and Programs



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 Raumesh Akbari defeated Doris DeBerry-Bradshaw in the Democratic primary. Samuel Watkins defeated Orrden Williams, Jr. in the Republican primary. Akbari defeated Watkins in the general election.[1][2]

Tennessee House of Representatives District 91, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaumesh A. Akbari Incumbent 81.9% 8,053
     Republican Samuel (Sam) Watkins 18.1% 1,777
Total Votes 9,830

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 91 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRaumesh Akbari Incumbent 55.7% 3,964
Doris DeBerry-Bradshaw 44.3% 3,147
Total Votes 7,111
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 91 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Watkins 85.7% 634
Orrden Williams, Jr. 14.3% 106
Total Votes 740


See also: Tennessee state legislative special elections, 2013

Akbari won election in a special election for Tennessee House of Representatives District 91. The seat was vacant following Rep. Lois DeBerry (D)'s death on July 29, 2013, from pancreatic cancer. Akbari defeated Kemba Ford, Dwight DeBerry, Doris DeBerry-Bradshaw, Joshua R. Forbes, Terica Lamb, Clifford Lewis and Kermit Moore in the Democratic primary on October 8. Akbari defeated Jim Tomasik (L) in the special election, which took place on November 21.[3][4][5][6]


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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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Preceded by
Lois DeBerry (D)
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 91
Succeeded by