Jim Tracy

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Jim Tracy
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Tennessee State Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee at Martin, 1978
Personal
Birthday10/09/1956
Place of birthJackson, TN
ProfessionInsurance Agent
ReligionChurch of Christ
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Tracy is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

He was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee.[1] Incumbent Scott DesJarlais defeated Tracy by just 38 votes in the August 7 Republican primary.[2][3] In a written statement Tracy announced on August 25 that he would not ask for a recount. He said, “I am not willing to put the State Republican Primary Board, the Secretary of State’s Office and Division of Elections, the County Election Commissions, the campaign staff, my volunteers, my family and the public through additional weeks of litigation, with uncertainty as to who the nominee will be. . . A contest would not be the right thing for the Republican Party and the conservative cause in Tennessee."[4]

Biography

Tracy graduated with his bachelor's degree from Tennessee-Martin in 1978. He currently works as an insurance agent.[5]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor
Transportation and Safety, Chair
Pensions and Insurance
TACIR

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tracy served on the following committees:

2009-2010

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

District 16

Tracy represents Tennessee Senate District 16. District 16 includes Bedford, Moore and part of Rutherford Counties.

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jim Tracy endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

On January 2, 2013, Tracy announced his intention to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the redrawn 4th Congressional District against incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R).[7] DesJarlais defeated Tracy by just 38 votes in the August 7 Republican primary.[2][3] In a written statement Tracy announced on August 25 that he would not ask for a recount. He said, “I am not willing to put the State Republican Primary Board, the Secretary of State’s Office and Division of Elections, the County Election Commissions, the campaign staff, my volunteers, my family and the public through additional weeks of litigation, with uncertainty as to who the nominee will be. . . A contest would not be the right thing for the Republican Party and the conservative cause in Tennessee."[4]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais Incumbent 44.9% 34,787
Jim Tracy 44.8% 34,752
John Anderson 5.9% 4,590
Steve Lane 1.9% 1,483
David Tate 1.2% 937
Michael Warden 0.9% 659
Oluyomi Faparusi 0.4% 284
Total Votes 77,492
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Tracy was endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:

Media


Jim Tracy, "Signature."

Jim Tracy, "Bankrupt."

2012

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012

Tracy ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee State Senate District 14. Tracy defeated Matt Randolph in the Republican primary on August 2, 2012. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10]

Tennessee State Senate, District 14 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Tracy Incumbent 86.7% 11,174
Matt Randolph 13.3% 1,707
Total Votes 12,881

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Tracy won re-election to the 16th District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate, defeating opponent Jean Anne Rogers (D).[11]

Tracy raised $417,558 for his campaign, while Rogers raised $192,217.[12]

Tennessee State Senate, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Tracy (R) 46,088
Jean Anne Rogers (D) 31,746

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 election season. Below are Tracy's reports.[13]

Jim Tracy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 18, 2013$0.00$436,485.00$(32,483.26)$404,001.74
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$404,001.74$303,443.00$(51,243.21)$656,201.53
October Quarterly[16]October 11, 2013$656,201.53$181,721.79$(70,118.89)$767,804.43
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$767,804$153,834$(76,951)$844,688
April Quarterly[18]April 16, 2014$844,688.26$172,061.00$(103,188.23)$913,561.03
Running totals
$1,247,544.79$(333,984.59)

Comprehensive donor information for Tracy is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Tracy raised a total of $1,272,492 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[19]

Jim Tracy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 14 Won $254,762
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $105,650
2008 Tennessee State Senate, District 16 Won $417,558
2006 Tennessee State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $86,565
2004 Tennessee State Senate, District 16 Won $357,248
2002 Tennessee State Senate, District 62 Defeated $50,709
Grand Total Raised $1,272,492

2012

Tracy won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Tracy raised a total of $254,762.
Tennessee State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Tracy's campaign in 2012
Jack Daniels$12,500
Federal Express$8,200
Tennessee Automotive Association$5,500
National Healthcare Corp$5,000
Tennessee Bankers Association$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$254,762
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Tracy was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Tracy raised a total of $105,650.

2008

Tracy won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Tracy raised a total of $417,558.

2006

Tracy was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Tracy raised a total of $86,565.

2004

Tracy won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Tracy raised a total of $357,248.

2002

Tracy lost the election for the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Tracy raised a total of $50,709.

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

Tracy and his wife, Trena, have three children. They currently reside in Shelbyville, Tennessee.[5]

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References

  1. Tennessee.gov, "Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives Petitions Filed by Qualifying Deadline," accessed April 3, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Tennessean, "Scott DesJarlais, Jim Tracy in nail-biter," accessed August 8, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 PBS.org, "Tenn. primary challenger concedes to Rep. DesJarlais, despite 38-vote margin," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tennessean.com, "Jim Tracy concedes GOP primary to Scott DesJarlais," accessed August 25, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jim Tracy for Congress, "About Jim," accessed April 8, 2014
  6. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Additional Tennessee Legislative Endorsements," February 27, 2012
  7. The Tennesseean, "State Sen. Jim Tracy to try to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais," January 2, 2013
  8. Times Free Press, "Jim Tracy gets big endorsement over Scott DesJarlais," accessed December 18, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The Hill, "Tenn. GOP leaders back DesJarlais challenger," accessed January 7, 2014
  10. Tennessee Department of State - Elections, "List of 2012 Candidates," accessed July 5, 2012
  11. Tennessee Secretary of State, "2008 Tennessee General election results," accessed April 18, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "General Election Results," accessed April 18, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Tracy 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 26, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed November 26, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 26, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 26, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "Tracy, Jim," accessed June 20, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Stewart
Tennessee Senate District 14
2012-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Larry Trail
Tennessee Senate District 16
2005-2012
Succeeded by
Janice Bowling