Tennessee House of Representatives District 53

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Tennessee House of Representatives District 53
Current incumbentJason Powell Democratic Party
Ethnicity24.3% Black, 15.8% Hispanic
Voting age77% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Tennessee's fifty-third state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Jason Powell.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 61,050 civilians reside within Tennessee's fifty-third 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. Jason Powell (D) defeated Ben Claybaker (R) in the general election and defeated Jason Potts in the Democratic primary. Claybaker defeated Tonya Miller in the Republican primary.[5][6]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Powell 54.4% 10,708
     Republican Ben Claybaker 45.6% 8,992
Total Votes 19,700
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 53 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Claybaker 73% 1,141
Tonya Miller 27% 422
Total Votes 1,563

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives District 53 have raised a total of $642,388. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $33,810 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Tennessee House of Representatives District 53
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $224,285 4 $56,071
2010 $73,802 3 $24,601
2008 $35,555 1 $35,555
2006 $63,617 2 $31,809
2004 $99,852 3 $33,284
2002 $93,305 5 $18,661
2000 $51,972 1 $51,972
Total $642,388 19 $33,810

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