Jeff Yarbro

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Jeff Yarbro
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Tennessee State Senate, District 21
In office
November 4, 2014 - present
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 1
Minority Caucus Chairman
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Campaign website
Jeff Yarbro is a Democratic member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 21. Yarbro was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Beginning in 2015, Yarbo serves as the Minority Caucus Chairman.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Yarbro served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2015
Health and Welfare
Transportation and Safety


Campaign themes


Yarbro's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Supporting Teachers & Improving Schools

  • Excerpt: "Jeff will fight in the State Senate to support our teachers and expand pre-K to ensure our children start school ready to learn."

Expanding Access to Health Care

  • Excerpt: "As your State Senator, Jeff will work to expand access to preventative care to reduce infant mortality rates, childhood obesity, and Type II diabetes."

Advocating for Nashville

  • Excerpt: "Jeff will stand up for Nashville when the legislature tries to overturn Metro's laws, micromanage our city's transit planning, and spend our local tax dollars on vouchers for private schools."
  • Excerpt: "Jeff will work to ensure that every resident has a part in Nashville's success through quality jobs and affordable living."



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. Mary Mancini was defeated by Jeff Yarbro in the Democratic primary. Diana Cuellar defeated Mwafaq Aljabbary and Quincy McKnight in the Republican primary. Yarbro defeated Cuellar in the general election.[2][3]

Tennessee State Senate District 21, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Yarbro 66.6% 25,402
     Republican Diana Cueller 33.4% 12,714
Total Votes 38,116

Tennessee State Senate, District 21 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Yarbro 56.7% 6,830
Mary Mancini 43.3% 5,217
Total Votes 12,047
Tennessee State Senate, District 21 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Cuellar 61.3% 2,960
Quincy McKnight 31.5% 1,523
Mwafaq Aljabbary 7.2% 346
Total Votes 4,829


See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Initial vote counts showed Douglas Henry narrowly defeating Yarbro, with the most recent vote count showing a 13-vote victory out of 11,285 total votes cast in the August 5 primary.[4] An official recount took place and Henry advanced to the general election.[5][6]



In 2014, Yarbro's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Hon. Phil Bredesen, Fmr. Governor of Tennessee
  • Hon. Darren Jernigan, State Representative Dist. 60
  • Hon. Sherry Jones, State Representative Dist. 59
  • Hon. Jason Powell, State Representative Dist.53
  • Hon. Mike Stewart, State Representative Dist.52
  • Tennessee Education Association
  • Stand for Children
  • IAFF Local 140
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council
  • The Tennessean[8]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Douglas Henry (D)
Tennessee State Senate District 21
Succeeded by