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Kerry Roberts
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Tennessee State Senate, District 25
In office
November 4, 2014 - present
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Tennessee State Senate, District 18
2011 - 2012
ProfessionCPA, Small business owner
Campaign website
Kerry Roberts is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 25. Roberts was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Roberts is a former Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 18 from 2011 to 2012. Roberts won the 2011 special election on March 8, 2011, to fill the vacancy created when Diane Black (R) was elected to U.S. Congress on November 2, 2010. However, he did not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2015
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Government Operations, 2nd Vice chair
Government Operations, 2nd Vice chair


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


Campaign themes


Roberts's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

The Constitution: An Oath to Defend

  • Excerpt: "The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. We must never let our courts be held hostage by international laws or treaties. As your representative, I will uphold and honor my oath to support and defend the Constitution."

Veterans: Supporting Those Who Defend Our Freedom

  • Excerpt: "Today, many veterans struggle to find a job. We must look to veterans when jobs become available. We must also extend tax credits to businesses hiring veterans or providing job training for veterans."

Jobs: The Backbone of our Economy

  • Excerpt: "Small businesses struggle to hire while under the burden of governmental regulations, taxes, licenses, and fees - especially in today′s economy. The solution is for government to make fewer demands on business. When a business is regulated at the local, state, and federal level, the redundancies are a needless expense."
  • Excerpt: "We need to simplify and streamline. The money saved can be put into job creation, higher wages or benefits for existing workers, or cost savings for customers."

Pro-Life: Protecting the Life of the Unborn

  • Excerpt: "I believe God has intent for each person, even before each person is formed. We must protect the life of the unborn in all situations."

Education: What´s Best for our Children

  • Excerpt: "The federal Department of Education must end all educational mandates and requirements. Parents and local school boards - with assistance from the state board of education - are best-suited to decide what is best for children."

Health Care: Reform, Not Nationalization

  • Excerpt: "Simply put, ObamaCare will bankrupt our economy. The federal government must not succeed in nationalizing health care nor mandating health care purchases by individuals or small businesses."


Roberts' campaign Facebook site emphasized several policy positions and campaign themes:

  • Jobs, Economy, & Education: "As a CPA, small business owner, and family man, my primary concerns are creating jobs, growing the economy, and improving our public education in Robertson and Sumner counties (all of my children are enrolled in public schools)...I know we can put folks back to work if the government leaves us alone and lets small business do what we do best: innovate, create, produce, and service."
  • Spending: "Part of the problem is spending. By limiting taxes and borrowing, government will have to limit spending. It's no different than what hard-working Tennesseans have to do every day with their own finances... I am against any tax increases and have signed Americans' for Tax Reform pledge against any tax increases."
  • Federalism: "The framers envisioned a limited federal government with much of the legislative work happening at the state and local level... Today, state governments are quickly becoming administrators of federal programs that are placing a crushing burden on state budgets that simply cannot afford more spending. It's time to push back."
  • Conservative values: "I'm pro life, pro family, and fully support our right to keep and bear arms per the 2nd amendment. I'm also in favor of Arizona-style illegal immigration reform."



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. Tony Gross was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kerry Roberts defeated incumbent Jim Summerville, Joshua Evans and Wayne White in the Republican primary. Roberts defeated Gross in the general election.[3][4]

Tennessee State Senate District 25, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Roberts 70.4% 29,337
     Democratic Tony Gross 29.6% 12,316
Total Votes 41,653

Tennessee State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Roberts 42.2% 9,832
Joshua G. Evans 37.8% 8,819
Jim Summerville Incumbent 15.9% 3,701
Wayne White 4.2% 968
Total Votes 23,320


Roberts did not seek re-election in 2012.[5]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Roberts defeated Ken Wilber (D) in the March 8, 2011, special election.[6]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Summerville (R)
Tennessee State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Diane Black
Tennessee Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Ferrell Haile (R)