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Mark Norris
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Tennessee State Senate District 32
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 14
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sColorado College, 1977
J.D.University of Denver, 1980
Personal
Date of birth07/09/1955
Place of birthAkron, OH
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mark Norris is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. He is currently the Senate Majority Leader.

Biography

Norris graduated from Colorado College with his Bachelor's degree in 1977 and later graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 1980. He is an attorney with Adams and Reese LLP.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2015
Finance, Ways and Means
State & Local Government
Calendar, 1st Vice chair
Delayed Bills
Ethics, 2nd Vice chair
Rules, Chair
Pensions and Insurance
TACIR, Chair

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Norris served on the following committees:

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

District 32

Stanley represents Tennessee Senate District 32. District 32 includes a Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and a portion of Shelby Counties.

Issues

Redistricting

In November 2010, Norris filed five bills to be presented in the 2011 session. All but one deal with redistricting, a process that requires lawmakers to redraw legislative districts every decade after the U.S. Census numbers are in.

His grouping of bills generally “(clarify) provisions concerning districts, terms and vacancies prior to November 2012 elections,” according to bill summaries.

New lines must be approved before the 2012 election, although Norris says we may see lawmakers begin the redistricting process in late spring.[1]

Tort reform

Norris sponsored a bill that Gov. Bill Haslam suggested and supports to reform tort procedure. The Senate Judiciary Committee kept the tort reform bill on track in late April in the 2011 session, passing the controversial bill 6-3 along party lines.

The committee considered several amendments and adopted those that Norris considered friendly. Norris is carrying the bill for the administration as majority leader in the Senate.

The amendments approved in late April 2011 did little to change the thrust of the bill, yet they dealt with issues such as proper venue in a case, allowing for ordinary alteration of records and clarifying other language in the bill. The committee moved to lump four acceptable amendments into one for the purpose of simplification.

The latest version of the bill provides for non-economic damages in civil cases to be capped at $750,000, with a $1 million cap applicable in catastrophic cases.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012

Norris ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee State Senate District 32. Norris defeated Woody Degan in the Republican primary on August 2, 2012. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Tennessee State Senate, District 32 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Norris Incumbent 88.9% 26,592
Woody Degan 11.1% 3,319
Total Votes 29,911

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Norris won re-election to the 32nd District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate.[4]

Norris raised $193,471 for his campaign.[5]

Tennessee State Senate, District 32 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Norris (R) 56,866 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Norris is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Norris raised a total of $934,646 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[6]

Mark Norris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 32 Won $291,343
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 32 Not up for election $102,284
2008 Tennessee State Senate, District 32 Won $193,471
2006 Tennessee State Senate, District 32 Not up for election $34,589
2004 Tennessee State Senate, District 32 Won $249,811
2000 Tennessee State Senate, District 32 Won $63,148
Grand Total Raised $934,646

2012

Norris won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Norris raised a total of $291,343.

2010

Norris was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Norris raised a total of $102,284.

2008

Norris won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Norris raised a total of $193,471.

2006

Norris was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Norris raised a total of $34,589.

2004

Norris won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Norris raised a total of $249,811.

2000

Norris won election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Norris raised a total of $63,148.

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

Mark and his wife, Chris, have two children. They currently reside in Collierville, Tennessee.

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Tennessee Senate District 32
2001-present
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