Gary Steakley

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Gary Steakley
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Former candidate for
Tennessee State Senate, District 15
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Gary Steakley was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 15 of the Tennessee State Senate.[1]


Steakley was a career law enforcement official - much of it spent in Washington D.C. investigating fraud, waste and abuse. He is a 6th generation Tennessean.[2]


Campaign themes


Steakley's campaign website highlights the following issues:[3]

  • Excerpt: "100% constitutional Christian conservative."
  • Excerpt: "A strong advocate for our 2nd Amendment rights."
  • Excerpt: "Strong believer in term limits."
  • Excerpt: "Will never support individual state income tax."
  • Excerpt: "Will not support Common Core."



See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 18 seats in the Tennessee State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. A general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Betty Vaudt was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Paul Bailey defeated Gary Steakley and Matt Swallows in the Republican primary. William Draper ran as an independent candidate. Bailey defeated Vaudt and Draper in the general election.[4][1]

Tennessee State Senate District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Bailey 73.3% 33,674
     Democratic Betty Vaudt 22.3% 10,263
     Independent William L. Draper 4.4% 2,022
Total Votes 45,959

Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Bailey 48.4% 13,141
Matt Swallows 46.3% 12,577
Gary Steakley 5.3% 1,453
Total Votes 27,171


See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Steakley was defeated by Democrat Charlotte Burks in the general election on November 2, 2010. Also defeated was independent Joe Wilmoth. He was unopposed in the August 5 primary election.[5]

Tennessee State Senate, District 15, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlotte Burks (D) 22,800
Gary Steakley (R) 22,615
Joe B. Wilmoth (I) 8,779

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