Thelma Harper

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Thelma Harper
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Tennessee State Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
1989 - Present
Term ends
January 15, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTennessee State University
Personal
Birthday12/02/1940
Place of birthBrentwood,TN
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
ReligionChurch of Christ
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Thelma Harper is a Democratic member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 1988.

Biography

Harper graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University. She works as a retail grocer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations
State & Local Government
Transportation and Safety
Government Operations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harper served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Harper served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 17 seats in the Tennessee State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. A general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Thelma Harper defeated Brandon Puttbrese in the Democratic primary. Sterlina Inez Brady was unopposed in the Republican primary. George Thomas is running as an Independent candidate. Haper, Brady and Thomas will face off in the general election.[1][2]

2010

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Harper was re-elected to the 19th District seat in 2010. She also faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010. She was unopposed in August 5 primary.[3][4]

Tennessee State Senate, District 19, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thelma Harper (D) 24,569
Aaron Lee Childress "Skeet" (write-in) 6

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Harper won re-election to the 19th District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate.[5]

Harper raised $65,619 for her campaign.[6]

Tennessee State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thelma Harper (D) 31,207 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harper is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Harper raised a total of $196,048 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[7]

Thelma Harper's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $4,875
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 19 Won $51,724
2008 Tennessee State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $22,910
2006 Tennessee State Senate, District 19 Won $65,619
2004 Tennessee State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $8,250
2002 Tennessee State Senate, District 19 Won $16,950
1998 Tennessee State Senate, District 19 Won $25,720
Grand Total Raised $196,048

2012

Harper was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $4,875.
Tennessee State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thelma Harper's campaign in 2012
Tennessee Society Of Anesthesiologists$1,000
Red White & Food Voters PAC$500
Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers$500
Wholesalers Association PAC$500
Tennessee Federation For Children PAC$500
Total Raised in 2012$4,875
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Harper won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $51,724.

2008

Harper was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $22,910.

2006

Harper won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $65,619.

2004

Harper was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $8,250.

2002

Harper won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $16,950.

1998

Harper won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Harper raised a total of $25,720.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 8 to April 19. In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 14 to April 18.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 11 to May 21. In 2012, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 10 through May 1.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on Pro-life legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.

Personal

Thelma and her husband, Paul, have two children. They currently reside in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Tennessee Senate District 19
1989-present
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