Tennessee House of Representatives District 97

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Tennessee House of Representatives District 97
Current incumbentJim Coley Republican Party
Ethnicity26.7% Black, 5.8% Hispanic
Voting age73.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Tennessee's ninety-seventh state house district is represented by Republican Representative Jim Coley.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 60,877 civilians reside within Tennessee's ninety-seventh 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. Incumbent Jim Coley (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary.[5][6]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives District 97 have raised a total of $441,914. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $40,174 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Tennessee House of Representatives District 97
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $44,618 1 $44,618
2010 $27,290 1 $27,290
2008 $14,146 1 $14,146
2006 $42,036 3 $14,012
2004 $171,623 2 $85,812
2002 $44,170 2 $22,085
2000 $98,031 1 $98,031
Total $441,914 11 $40,174

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