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Who Runs the States

Main Report Pages
Main PagePart 1Partisanship InfographicPart 2Part 3

Partisanship Results Report (Part 1)
Executive SummaryState Partisanship AnalysisPartisan Control of GovernorshipsPartisan Control of State LegislaturesPartisan Control of State SenatesPartisan Control of State HousesState Government TrifectasOverall Partisan Control: Bright, Medium and Soft StatesChanges of Partisan Domination over 22 yearsYear-to-Year Changes in State Partisan ControlTrifectas and Presidential Election PatternsConclusionMethodologyAppendix AAppendix B

State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) Report (Part 2)
Executive SummaryState Quality of Life Index (SQLI)About the IndexOverall RankingsDramatic Changes from 1st Half to 2nd HalfIndividual IndicatorsMethodologyAppendices

Partisanship and (SQLI) Overlay Report (Part 3)
IntroductionComparing Partisanship and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) RankingsDescription of the dataTrends and correlationsMethodologyKey Values for Fifty-State RegressionsAppendices
Praise or blame is extended to political parties for the economic, educational, health and other quality of life outcomes that result from the policies those parties enact into law. To better understand which political party enjoys power in each of the states, Ballotpedia has analyzed state government control from 1992-2013 using the concept of a "partisan trifecta." A partisan trifecta is defined as when a state's governorship and legislative chambers are controlled by the same political party.

The two major political parties claim that their policies will lead to better outcomes. What does the data show?

At Ballotpedia, we explored these issues in a three-part study, Who Runs the States.

This page takes a specific look at how Tennessee performed in the study.

Background about the study

See also: Ballotpedia: Who Runs the States

Part One examines the partisanship of state government from 1992-2013. Part Two establishes a State Quality of Life Index (SQLI), aggregating a variety of existing state indices into one measurement. Part Three will overlay the two reports, looking for trends and correlations.

Part 1: Partisanship analysis

Tennessee Governor

From 1992 to 2013, Tennessee had Democratic governors in office for 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for 11 years, including the last three. Tennessee was under Republican trifectas for the last three years of the study period.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

Tennessee Senate

From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Tennessee State Senate for 12 years while the Republicans were the majority for eight years.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.

Tennessee House of Representatives

From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Tennessee State House of Representatives for first 18 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last four years. The Tennessee House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican state houses of representatives from 1992 to 2013.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Tennessee, the Tennessee State Senate and the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of Tennessee state government(1992-2013).PNG

Partisan control changes

There were six partisan control changes in Tennessee during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting Tennessee higher than the average.

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Tennessee government pie chart 1992-2013.png
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Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

Tennessee’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 31.43, which puts it at 34 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The year that Tennessee had the highest ranking was 2012, in which it ranked 21st.
  • The year that Tennessee had the lowest ranking was 2004, in which it ranked 40th.
  • The index type that Tennessee had the highest ranking in was Tax Freedom Day, in which it ranked 1st.
  • The index types that Tennessee had the lowest ranking in were America’s Health Rankings and Well-being Index, in which it ranked 44th.
Tennessee SQLI 1992-2012
Index 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
24/7 Wall St Best/Worst Governed States N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 29 12
America's Health Rankings 43 44 44 43 44 48 47 44 42 45 43 48 47 49 46 43 48 44 42 41 39
CAFR Debt/GDP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 N/A
Chief Executive Magazine Best and Worst States for Business Survey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 7 11 7 6 5 3 4 4
CNBC Top States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 17 21 20 16 18 16
Forbes Best States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 13 17 23 22 21 24
Govt. Employment Share Population 15 15 15 14 15 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 15 11 11 10 9 10 12 13 10
Graduation Rate 41 41 39 42 43 41 39 47 43 48 48 47 48 49 45 45 40 38 35 31 24
Personal Income Per Capita 34 33 32 31 33 34 34 34 35 36 35 36 36 37 39 39 40 37 35 35 34
Poverty Rate 39 44 35 38 38 34 32 29 41 39 44 39 44 41 42 44 42 41 39 39 N/A
Real GDP per capita 29 25 26 27 32 32 31 30 36 35 34 36 35 35 36 36 37 40 34 34 N/A
S&P Credit Rating N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 22 21 20 18 17 10 10 12 12 12 13 14
State Govt. Spending/GDP 7 7 8 10 10 9 7 7 8 10 10 13 11 11 9 10 10 10 8 10 N/A
State & local tax burden 5 6 5 3 3 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 5 7 7 7 3 3 N/A N/A
Tax Freedom Day N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1
Unemployment Rate 21 18 18 28 28 37 28 25 28 28 22 27 31 41 42 37 43 43 34 36 31
Unfunded Pension Liabilities per capita N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 11 12 10 N/A
Voter Turnout 43 37 37 40 40 49 49 38 38 32 32 40 40 29 29 43 43 49 49 45 45
Well-Being Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 43 42 40 41 47

Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI Overlay

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Tennessee state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Tennessee experienced both Democratic and Republican trifectas during the years of the study. Its best ranking, finishing 21st, occurred in 2012 during a Republican trifecta. Its worst ranking, finishing 40th, occurred in 2004 during a Democratic trifecta.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 34.00
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 23.00
  • SQLI average with divided government: 31.71
Chart displaying the partisanship of the Tennessee government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

See also

Additional information

External links

Footnotes

  1. Note: The average rank is compiled by adding up all years of rankings and then dividing by 21 to obtain the average state ranking. This average figure is ranked relative to the rest of the 49 states to derive an overall SQLI ranking.