James Van Huss

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James Van Huss
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Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6
In office
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$19,009/year
Per diem$173/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPensacola Christian College
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Years of service2006-Present
Office website
Campaign website
James (Micah) Van Huss is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Van Huss served in the Marine Corps for six years, having been deployed thrice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.[1]


Law enforcement drones

On February 4, 2013, Van Huss introduced HB 591, the proposed "Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act." This bill would ban law enforcement agencies from using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones for collecting evidence or conducting surveillance. Exceptions to the general ban would allow drone use for counter-terrorism activities, for operations for which a warrant has been obtained, or for instances in which a law enforcement agency believes that swift action is needed to save life.[2] Senator Mae Beavers introduced the companion SB 796 in the Tennessee State Senate on February 4. Van Huss's bill was assigned to the Civil Justice Committee on February 6.[3]

Campaign themes


Van Huss is pro-life, pro-gun, and favors increasing local control of education. On illegal immigration, he said, "Illegal immigration costs taxpayers and is a threat to our national security. Washington should not hinder the states that address the issue. It's time we elect leaders who will do what's right and best for the country instead of worrying about what's popular."[4]

Committee assignments


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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Criminal Justice



See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Van Huss won election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6. Van Huss defeated incumbent Dale Ford in the August 2 primary election and defeated Michael Clark (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Van Huss 72.3% 16,391
     Democratic Michael Clark 27.7% 6,271
Total Votes 22,662
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Van Huss 53.9% 3,154
Dale Ford Incumbent 46.1% 2,703
Total Votes 5,857

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Preceded by
Dale Ford (R)
Tennessee House of Representatives District 6
Succeeded by