Tennessee House of Representatives District 91

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Tennessee House of Representatives District 91
Current incumbentRaumesh Akbari Democratic Party
Ethnicity75.5% Black, 9.3% Hispanic
Voting age70.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Tennessee's ninety-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Raumesh Akbari.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 50,648 civilians reside within Tennessee's ninety-first 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 state legislative special elections, 2013

Raumesh Akbari (D) 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.[5][6][7][8]


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. Incumbent Lois DeBerry (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[9][10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives District 91 have raised a total of $513,748. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $73,393 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Tennessee House of Representatives District 91
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $31,175 1 $31,175
2010 $49,221 1 $49,221
2008 $85,223 1 $85,223
2006 $66,618 1 $66,618
2004 $99,775 1 $99,775
2002 $112,509 1 $112,509
2000 $69,227 1 $69,227
Total $513,748 7 $73,393

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