|Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee|
|Tennessee State Senate, District 4|
|1996 - Present|
|November 8, 2016|
|Years in position||17|
|Predecessor||John Shelton Wilder (D)|
|Speaker of the Senate|
|Per diem||$173/legislative day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Tennessee State Senate|
|1997 - Present|
|Tennessee House of Representatives|
|1990 - 1996|
|Bachelor's||East Tennessee State University, 1978|
|Place of birth||Johnson City, TN|
|Profession||Real Estate Broker/Auctioneer|
He is also the Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee by virtue of his speakership. Ramsey succeeded long-term Democratic Lieutenant Governor John S. Wilder in 2007. Ramsey garnered all of the GOP senators and one Democratic senator, Rosalind Kurita of Clarksville, in the vote for lieutenant governor.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1990, and served two terms.
Ramsey graduated from Sullivan Central High School during 1973, and later obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, majoring in Industrial Technology at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He is a member of the advisory board of the Farm Credit Association, a former president of the Blountville Business Association, and a former president and current member of the Bristol TN-VA Association of Realtors. He currently works as a real estate broker and an auctioneer.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ramsey served on the following committees:
|Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ramsey served on these committees:
|Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Delayed Bills, Chair|
Health Care Compact
Tax relief exemption
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.”
- See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012
Ramsey ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee State Senate District 4. Ramsey ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 2, 2012. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
In 2010 Ramsey made an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Tennessee, losing in the primary.
Ramsey raised $260,823 for his campaign while Jones raised $6,633. 
|Tennessee State Senate, District 2 (2008)|
|Ron Ramsey (R)||48,774|
|Bill Jones (D)||18,292|
Comprehensive donor information for Ramsey is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Ramsey raised a total of $4,104,915 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 14, 2013.
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Ron Ramsey's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Ron Ramsey's Campaign Contributions|
Senate District 2
Governor (lost in primary)
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$6,633 (Dem)||$17,933,128 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||Sullivan County Republican Party||$3,000||Ron Ramsey||$325,000|
|Tennessee Trucking Association||$2,500||Tennessee Legislative Campaign Committee||$23,054|
|Tennessee Medical Association||$2,500||Pfizer||$15,000|
|Tennessee Funeral Directors Association||$2,500||Leaders of Tennessee||$15,000|
|Gaylord Entertainment Company||$2,500||Tennessee Association of Realtors||$15,000|
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- Pro wrestler/anti-tax activist challenges lieutenant governor to Internet sale ... - Chattanooga Times Free Press
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- House, Senate GOP will raise money for elections separately after disagreements - Examiner.com
- TN Republican leaders end joint fundraising efforts - The Tennessean
- Sheldon Adelson-Backed Super PAC's Funds Boost Georgia Nonprofit - Huffington Post
- TN GOP leaders say infighting typical of supermajority - TriCities.com
- Lt. Governor Ramsey Appoints Janice Bowling To Transportation Coordination ... - The Chattanoogan
- Powers knows that Bristol must market itself, keep taxes low - TriCities.com
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- Office of the Tennessee Lieutenant Governor
- Project Vote Smart Legislative Profile
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions:2012, 2010 (Senate), 2010 (Governor), 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000, 1996
- Voting record from Tennessee Votes.org
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee "Meet Ron Ramsey" Accessed November 12, 2012
- ↑ Bloomberg, "Tenn. GOP measure targets federal health care law", February 7, 2011
- ↑ Ramsey Expects New Hall Tax Relief Exemption for Seniors to Win Approval," Tennessee Report, May 17, 2011
- ↑ Tennessee Department of State - Elections, "List of 2012 Candidates," retrieved July 5, 2012
- ↑ Election Results, Tennessee Senate, District 2
- ↑ District 2 Tennessee Senate Spending, 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Ron Ramsey," accessed May 14, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
|Tennessee State Senate District 2
| Succeeded by|
Doug Overbey (R)
Mike Faulk (R)
|Tennessee State Senate District 4
| Succeeded by|
John S. Wilder (D)
|Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee
| Succeeded by|