Ken Yager

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Ken Yager
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Tennessee State Senate District 12
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee at Martin, 1969
Master'sUniversity of Tennessee at Martin, 1972
J.D.University of Memphis, 1977
Personal
Birthday01/05/1947
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Ken Yager is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Yager received his B.A. and MA at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He later received his J.D. from the University of Memphis. He has worked as an assistant broker and an Assistant Professor of History and Law at Roane State Community College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor
State & Local Government, Chair
Fiscal Review

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Tax relief exemption

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Sen. Yager co-sponsored a bill to raise the standard exemption on the Hall Tax in 2011. Gov. Bill Haslam included the measure in his 2011 budget plan.

The Hall Tax relief included in the budget applies to Tennesseans age 65 and older. Of the individuals who pay the Hall Tax, 48 percent are age 65 and older.

“We tell middle class folks to save and invest for their retirement and then we punish them for it by taxing their nest egg,” said Ramsey. “Working men and women of modest means who have saved wisely should not have to see their hard-earned dollars taxed. This exemption will aid middle class people who live modestly get a break on their hard earned savings.”

“I am delighted Governor Haslam has included Hall Tax relief for senior citizens in his supplemental budget plan,” said Senator Yager. “This was part of my platform when I ran for State Senate; therefore, I am very pleased that it was included in the Governor’s budget. This puts the bill in excellent shape moving into the final days of this legislative session and making this tax relief closer to reality for many senior citizens across Tennessee.”[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012

Yager ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee State Senate District 12. Yager ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 2, 2012. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Yager won election to the 12th District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate, defeating opponents Becky Ruppe (D) and Christopher Fenner (I).[3]

Yager raised $559,620 for his campaign while Ruppe raised $296,786 and Fenner raised $0.[4]

Tennessee State Senate, District 12 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Yager (R) 32,509
Becky Ruppe (D) 27,983
Christopher Fenner 2,954

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yager is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Yager raised a total of $915,807 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[5]

Ken Yager's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 12 Won $289,326
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $66,861
2008 Tennessee State Senate, District 12 Won $559,620
Grand Total Raised $915,807

2012

Yager won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Yager raised a total of $289,326.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Yager's campaign in 2012
Jack Daniels$7,500
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of Tennessee$7,500
Tennessee Medical Association$4,500
Tennessee Mining Association$3,250
AT&T$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$289,326
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Yager was not up for election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Yager raised a total of $66,861.

2008

Yager won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Yager raised a total of $559,620.

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

Yager and his wife, Malinda, have two children. They currently live in Harriman, Tennessee.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tommy Kilby
Tennessee Senate District 12
2009-present
Succeeded by
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