Tennessee House of Representatives District 17

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Tennessee House of Representatives District 17
Current incumbentAndrew E. Farmer Republican Party
Ethnicity1.5% Black, 1.8% Hispanic
Voting age78.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Tennessee's seventeenth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Andrew E. Farmer.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 67,337 civilians reside within Tennessee's seventeenth house district.[1] Tennessee state representatives represent an average of 64,102 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 57,468 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Tennessee legislators assume office the 15th of January following the election.


To be eligible to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[2]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 21 years old before the general election
  • A three-year resident of Tennessee before the general election
  • A county resident for 1 year prior to the general election
  • A qualified voter
  • The following situations would eliminate a candidate from qualifying for office:
    • Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law;
    • Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county thereof;
    • Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void;
    • Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States; and
    • Members of congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Tennessee Legislature are paid $19,009/year. Legislators receive $173/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[3]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In Tennessee, there are two ways a vacancy can be filled in the house. When twelve months or more remain in a unfilled term, a special election must be held within the allowable time frame set by law. If less than twelve months remain in the term, the current members of the house must vote on a replacement.[4]



See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 2, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 5, 2011. Andrew Farmer (R) defeated Mike Dockery (D) in the general election and defeated Larry Boggs and Roger W. Griffith in the Republican primary. Dockery was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[5][6]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Farmer 76.1% 14,244
     Democratic Mike Dockery 23.9% 4,476
Total Votes 18,720
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 17 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Farmer 52.1% 2,980
Roger Griffith 43.9% 2,516
Larry Boggs 4% 229
Total Votes 5,725

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives District 17 have raised a total of $675,846. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $35,571 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Tennessee House of Representatives District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $218,510 5 $43,702
2010 $31,678 2 $15,839
2008 $29,045 2 $14,523
2006 $64,060 2 $32,030
2004 $235,843 5 $47,169
2002 $67,359 2 $33,680
2000 $29,351 1 $29,351
Total $675,846 19 $35,571

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