Sara Kyle

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Sara Kyle
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Tennessee State Senate, District 30
Incumbent
In office
November 4, 2014 - present
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
February 29, 1996 - March 13, 2013
Memphis City Court
1991 - 1994
Education
High schoolDickson High School
Bachelor'sAustin Peay State University
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Sara Kyle is a Democratic member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 30. Kyle was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Kyle is a former director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. She was first nominated to the position by then-State House Speaker James Naifeh 1996. She was re-appointed to six-year terms in 2002 and 2008.[1] She resigned on March 13, 2013. Her term was set to expire in 2014.[2]

Biography

Kyle was born in Upper East Tennessee in 1952. After graduating from Austin Peay State University, she taught elementary school in Clarksville and attended graduate courses at Middle Tennessee State University. She earned her J.D. and served as a public defender before her election to the Memphis City Court bench in 1991. Kyle resigned from her position in March of 1994 to become a candidate for the Public Service Commission, the predecessor to Tennessee's Regulatory Authority.

The Public Service Commission was dissolved in 1996, replaced by the authority. Kyle was appointed on February 29, 1996, becoming one of the first three members, and served on the regulatory authority until March 2013.[3]

Education

  • Dickson High School
  • B.A., Austin Peay State University
  • J.D. (1987)[1]

Political career

Tennessee Regulatory Authority (1996-2013)

Kyle was first nominated to the position by then-State House Speaker James Naifeh 1996. She was re-appointed to six-year terms in 2002 and 2008, with her term expiring in 2014.[1] However, she chose to resign on March 13, 2013, citing the changes made to the body by legislation in 2012.

“There’s never a good time to leave public service but things have changed at the TRA and it’s become part time but consumers are full time — they need full-time service. I believe I can use my skills and talents for consumers elsewhere. I don’t know where that will be right now but I will be looking for opportunities,” she stated.[2]

Appointments and Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

A special election was called for November 4, 2014, following the resignation of Jim Kyle, who was elected as a Shelby County Chancery Court judge. Sara Kyle (D) defeated George Flinn Jr. (R) in the election. Kyle was elected to serve the remaining two years of Kyle's four-year term.[4]

Tennessee State Senate District 30, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSara Kyle 69.9% 18,377
     Republican George Shea Flinn 26.8% 7,044
     Independent David W. Vinciarelli 3.3% 858
Total Votes 26,279

2008

Kyle was re-appointed to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority by House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh in 2008.[5]

2002

Kyle was re-appointed to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority by House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh in 2002.[5]

1996

Kyle was appointed to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority by House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh on February 29, 1996.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Kyle (R)
Tennessee State Senate District 30
2014-present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
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Tennessee Regulatory Authority
1996–2013
Succeeded by
Robin Bennett