Thomas J. Seeley

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Thomas J. Seely
Court Information:
First Circuit Court, Tennessee
Title:   Judge
Active:   1985-2022
Past position:   Attorney in private practice; General counsel, Clinchfield Railroad Co.
Past term:   1974-1986
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Florida State University, 1967
Law School:   University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1970
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  First Circuit Court
Position:  Part I
State:  Tennessee
Election information 2014:
Party:   Republican
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  5/6/2014
Primary vote:  100.0%ApprovedA
Election date:  8/7/2014
Election vote:  100.0%ApprovedA

Thomas J. Seeley is a judge of the First Circuit Court in Tennessee. He was appointed to the court in August 1985.[1][2] He was re-elected by voters in 1986, 1990, 1998 and 2006.[3] Seeley was most recently re-elected to the First Circuit Court on August 7, 2014, for a term expiring in 2022.[4][5]



See also: Tennessee judicial elections, 2014
Seely ran for re-election to the First Circuit Court.
Primary: He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 6, 2014.
General: He won without opposition in the general election on August 7, 2014.[4][6][5]


Seeley received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 1967 and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1970.[1][7]


Seeley began his career as a trial attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He left that position in 1974 to run his own private law practice in Erwin, Tennessee. He worked in that capacity until 1986. During that time, Seeley also served as an Unicoi County attorney for six years and as general counsel for the Clinchfield Railroad Company. Seeley has also taught as an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University. From 1997 to 1999, he was the presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary.[1][2]

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