Jim Summerville

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Jim Summerville
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Tennessee State Senate District 25
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 15, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee, 1969
Master'sVanderbilt University, 1983
University of Iowa, 1972
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Campaign website
Jim Summerville is a Republican senator in the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Summerville holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. in American History from Vanderbilt University. He has published five books and worked as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University.

Committee assignments


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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vice-chair
Government Operations
Government Operations


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


Campaign themes


Summerville supported a 10-point platform which would:

  1. Take the sales tax off groceries
  2. Cut the cost of state government by at least 20%, beginning with the overly-long sessions of the legislature and the salaries and perks of its members and staff
  3. Downsize executive departments, agencies, bureaus and commissions, cutting jobs and putting the fewer bureaucrats on less pay. We have too much State government in too many layers and we need to shrink it.
  4. Sell off State-run enterprises that could better be handled by private enterprises, such as the State-park concessions. Sell the State’s airplane fleet and the excessive number of its cars
  5. Repeal unfunded State mandates to local governments
  6. Make English the official language of State documents
  7. Eliminate public expenditures for anyone not a citizen of the United States, except in emergency and dire temporary situations
  8. Hold public colleges and universities strictly accountable for high standards before any more tuition increases
  9. Require legislative review of all State regulation at regular intervals with the goal of taking many of these burdens off business. Simplify the regulatory climate faced by entrepreneurs
  10. Support Second Amendment guarantees of the right to bear arms.

Summerville: 'I Can Feel the Ground Quaking'

Summerville also says that he will work to strengthen "Tennessee right-to-life laws and for a more favorable environment for home schooling and charter schools."

He summarized his platform in this way: "In short, I favor a smaller and smarter State government. If you’re satisfied with the status quo, you’ll probably want to vote for the incumbent. If not, I would appreciate your consideration. I welcome dissident Democrats and new Tea Partier friends."



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. Tony Gross was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kerry Roberts defeated incumbent Jim Summerville, Joshua Evans and Wayne White in the Republican primary. Gross and Roberts will face off in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Summerville defeated incumbent Democrat Doug Jackson in the general election on November 2, 2010. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election for state senate District 25.[3][4]

Tennessee State Senate, District 25, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Summerville (R) 21,375
Doug Jackson (D) 20,455

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Summerville is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Summerville raised a total of $2,400 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[5]

Jim Summerville's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 25 Not up for election $0
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 25 Won $2,400
Grand Total Raised $2,400


Summerville was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Summerville raised a total of $0.
Tennessee State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Summerville's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money


Summerville won election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Summerville raised a total of $2,400.


Summerville and his wife currently reside in McCreary Heights, Tennessee. He serves on the boards of the Dickson County Higher Education Foundation, the Dickson Kiwanis Club and the Dickson County Help Center. He has served as a fundraising volunteer at the Frank G. Clement Museum and the Dickson County Board of Education.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Jackson (D)
Tennessee State Senate District 25
Succeeded by