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Tennessee House of Representatives

Seal of Tennessee.png
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 14, 2014
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Beth Harwell (R)
Majority Leader:   Gerald McCormick (R)
Minority leader:   Craig Fitzhugh (D)
Structure
Members:  99
   Carter County Republican (1)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art III, Tennessee Constitution
Salary:   $19,009/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (99 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (99 seats)
Redistricting:  Tennessee Legislature has control
Meeting place:
TN State Capitol 2.JPG
The Tennessee House of Representatives is the lower house of the Tennessee General Assembly, the state legislature of Tennessee. 99 members make up the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly and meet at the State Capitol in Nashville. Representatives have two-year terms and all 99 are up for election in the same 2-year cycle. Each member represents an average of 64,102 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 57,468 residents.[2]

As of October 2014, Tennessee is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: Tennessee State Legislature, Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee Governor

Sessions

The Tennessee General Assembly, which the House is a part of, convenes on the second Tuesday in January on the years following elections as outlined by Article II, Section 8 of the Tennessee Constitution. The legislature is limited to 90 paid legislative days within a two year term.

2014

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will be in session from January 14 through May 1.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session include education, guns in work parking lots, and requiring prescriptions for drugs used to make methamphetamine.[3]

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 through April 19. Republicans had a supermajority for the first time since the Civil War era.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2013 legislative session included guns, school vouchers, and tax cuts to wine in grocery stores.[4]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 10 through May 1.

Major issues

Republican legislators began the session by passing new congressional and state legislative maps, but redistricting may remain a major issue as Democrats have threatened a lawsuit over the new districts. Republican leaders said the session will focus on job creation and eliminating policies and regulations that restrict businesses, including the inheritance tax, and reforming unemployment insurance.[5]

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 11 through April 19.[6]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in regular session from January 12th to June 10th. Additionally, the General Assembly met in special session from January 12th to January 25th to deal with educational issues related to Race to the Top funds.[7]

Role in state budget

See also: Tennessee state budget

The state operates on an annual budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[8][9]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in August of the year preceding the start of the new fiscal year.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in October.
  3. Agency hearings are held in November. Public hearings are held in November and December.
  4. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in February.
  5. The legislature typically adopts a budget in April or May. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

Tennessee is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[9]

The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget proposal. Likewise, the legislature is legally required to adopt a balanced budget.[9]

Cost-benefit analyses

See also: Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Cost-Benefit Study
Map showing results of the Pew-MacArthur cost-benefit study.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a report in July 2013 which indicated that cost-benefit analysis in policymaking led to more effective uses of public funds. Looking at data from 2008 through 2011, the study's authors found that some states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis while others were facing challenges and lagging behind the rest of the nation. Among the challenges states faced were a lack of time, money and technical skills needed to conduct comprehensive cost-benefit analyses. Tennessee was one of 29 states with mixed results regarding the frequency and effectiveness in its use of cost-benefit analysis.[10]

Ethics and transparency

Following the Money report

See also: Following the Money 2014 Report

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending.[11] According to the report, Tennessee received a grade of B and a numerical score of 83, indicating that Tennessee was "advancing" in terms of transparency regarding state spending.[11]

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Tennessee was given a grade of C in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014.

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives were held in Tennessee on November 6, 2012. All 99 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline was April 5, 2012.

This chamber was mentioned in a November 2012 Pew Center on the States article that addressed supermajorities at stake in the 2012 election. Supermajority generally means a party controls two-thirds of all seats. While it varies from state to state, being in this position gives a party much greater power. Going into the election, Republicans in the Tennessee House have a solid majority and are seeking a supermajority.[13]

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives were held in Tennessee on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 1, 2010 and the primary election day was on August 5, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $9,478,590 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[14]

2008

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $8,438,759. The top 10 contributors were:[15]

2006

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 3, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $8,399,196. The top 10 contributors were:[16]

2004

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 5, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $8,782,967. The top 10 contributors were:[17]

2002

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 1, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $4,826,538. The top 10 contributors were:[18]

2000

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 3, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.

During the 2000 election, the total value of contributions to House candidates was $7,397,812. The top 10 contributors were:[19]

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[20]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 21 years old before the general election
  • A three-year resident of Tennessee before the general election
  • A county resident for 1 year prior to the general election
  • A qualified voter
  • The following situations would eliminate a candidate from qualifying for office:
    • Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law;
    • Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county thereof;
    • Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void;
    • Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States; and
    • Members of congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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In Tennessee, there are two ways a vacancy can be filled in the house. When twelve months or more remain in a unfilled term, a special election must be held within the allowable time frame set by law. If less than twelve months remain in the term, the current members of the house must vote on a replacement.[21]

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Tennessee

The state's redistricting process is handled by the General Assembly, with the Governor wielding veto power.

2010 census

Tennessee received its local census data on March 16, 2011.[22] The state's population rose 11.5 percent to 6,346,105.[23]

The redistricting process began in January 2012; it was the first time in the state's history where the process was controlled entirely by Republicans. The two chambers passed maps, both of which Governor Bill Haslam signed. While Senate Democrats threatened a lawsuit, House Democrats went through with filing one in March, arguing that the House map unnecessarily split too many counties.

Representatives

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 27
     Republican Party 71
     Carter County Republican 1
Total 99


The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Tennessee State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Tennessee State House.PNG

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Tennessee Legislature are paid $19,009/year. Legislators receive $173/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[24]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Tennessee legislators assume office the 15th of January following the election.

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum and appointing all committee and subcommittee members and officers. In the event that the Speaker is absent, the Speaker Pro Tempore assumes the duties of the office.[25][26]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Tennessee House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell Ends.png Republican
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson Ends.png Republican
Deputy Speaker of the House Steve McDaniel Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Leader Kevin Brooks Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Chairman Glen Casada Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Vice Chairman Dennis Powers Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip Cameron Sexton Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Floor Leader Vance Dennis Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Floor Leader Jeremy Durham Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Secretary David Alexander Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Leader Joe Towns, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Leader Michael Turner Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Vice Chair Joanne Favors Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Secretary Harold M. Love Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Floor Leader Karen Camper Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Whip Sherry Jones Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

Current members, Tennessee House of Representatives
District House of Representatives Party Assumed office
1 Jon Lundberg Ends.png Republican 2006
2 Tony Shipley Ends.png Republican 2008
3 Timothy Hill Ends.png Republican 2012
4 Kent Williams Republican Party Carter County Republican 2006
5 David Hawk Ends.png Republican 2002
6 James Van Huss Ends.png Republican 2012
7 Matthew Hill Ends.png Republican 2004
8 Art Swann Ends.png Republican 2010
9 Mike Harrison Ends.png Republican 2002
10 Tilman Goins Ends.png Republican 2012
11 Jeremy Faison Ends.png Republican 2010
12 Dale Carr Ends.png Republican 2012
13 Gloria Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
14 Ryan Haynes Ends.png Republican 2008
15 Joe Armstrong Electiondot.png Democratic 1988
16 Bill Dunn Ends.png Republican 1994
17 Andrew E. Farmer Ends.png Republican 2012
18 Steve Hall Ends.png Republican 2010
19 Harry Brooks Ends.png Republican 2002
20 Robert Ramsey Ends.png Republican 2008
21 Jimmy Matlock Ends.png Republican 2006
22 Eric Watson Ends.png Republican 2006
23 John W. Forgety Ends.png Republican 2010
24 Kevin Brooks Ends.png Republican 2006
25 Cameron Sexton Ends.png Republican 2010
26 Gerald McCormick Ends.png Republican 2004
27 Richard Floyd Ends.png Republican 2006
28 JoAnne Favors Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
29 Mike Carter Ends.png Republican 2012
30 Vince Dean Ends.png Republican 2006
31 Ron Travis Ends.png Republican 2012
32 Kent Calfee Ends.png Republican 2012
33 John Ragan Ends.png Republican 2010
34 Richard B. Womick Ends.png Republican 2010
35 Dennis Roach Ends.png Republican 1994
36 Dennis Powers Ends.png Republican 2010
37 Dawn White Ends.png Republican 2012
38 Kelly Keisling Ends.png Republican 2010
39 David Alexander Ends.png Republican 2010
40 Terri Lynn Weaver Ends.png Republican 2008
41 John Windle Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
42 Ryan Williams Ends.png Republican 2010
43 Paul Bailey Ends.png Republican 2014
44 William G. Lamberth Ends.png Republican 2012
45 Courtney Rogers Ends.png Republican 2012
46 Mark Pody Ends.png Republican 2010
47 Judd Matheny Ends.png Republican 2002
48 Joe Carr Ends.png Republican 2008
49 Mike Sparks Ends.png Republican 2010
50 Bo Mitchell Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
51 Michael Turner Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
52 Mike Stewart Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
53 Jason Powell Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
54 Brenda Gilmore Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
55 Gary Odom Electiondot.png Democratic 1986
56 Beth Harwell Ends.png Republican 1988
57 Susan Lynn Ends.png Republican 2012
58 Harold M. Love Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
59 Sherry Jones Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
60 Darren Jernigan Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
61 Charles Sargent, Jr. Ends.png Republican 1996
62 Pat Marsh Ends.png Republican 2008
63 Glen Casada Ends.png Republican 2000
64 Sheila Butt Ends.png Republican 2010
65 Jeremy Durham Ends.png Republican 2012
66 Joshua Evans Ends.png Republican 2008
67 Joe Pitts Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
68 Curtis Johnson Ends.png Republican 2004
69 David Shepard Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
70 Barry Doss Ends.png Republican 2012
71 Vance Dennis Ends.png Republican 2008
72 Steve McDaniel Ends.png Republican 1988
73 Jimmy Eldridge Ends.png Republican 2002
74 John Tidwell Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
75 Tim Wirgau Ends.png Republican 2010
76 Andrew H. Holt Ends.png Republican 2010
77 Bill Sanderson Ends.png Republican 2010
78 Mary Littleton Ends.png Republican 2012
79 Curtis Halford Ends.png Republican 2008
80 Johnny Shaw Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
81 Debra Moody Ends.png Republican 2012
82 Craig Fitzhugh Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
83 Mark White Ends.png Republican 2010
84 Joe Towns, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
85 Johnnie Turner Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
86 Barbara Cooper Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
87 Karen Camper Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
88 Larry Miller Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
89 Roger Kane Ends.png Republican 2012
90 John DeBerry, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1994
91 Raumesh Akbari Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
92 Billy Spivey Ends.png Republican 2012
93 Goffrey A. Hardaway Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
94 Barrett Rich Ends.png Republican 2008
95 Curry Todd Ends.png Republican 1998
96 Stephen McManus Ends.png Republican 2006
97 Jim Coley Ends.png Republican 2006
98 Antonio Parkinson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
99 Ron Lollar Ends.png Republican 2006

Standing committees

Tennessee
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House Committees

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Business and Utilities
Calendar and RulesCivil Justice
Consumer and Human Resources
Criminal JusticeEducation
Finance, Ways, and Means
Government OperationsHealth
Insurance and Banking
Local Government
State Government
Transportation

Joint Committees
Senate Committees

The Tennessee House has 14 standing committees:

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Tennessee
Partisan breakdown of the Tennessee legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, 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. Tennessee was under Republican trifectas for the final three years of the study.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 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 had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

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

SQLI and partisanship

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).

External links

References

  1. census.gov, "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  3. knoxnews.com, "Top issues facing Tenn. lawmakers in 2014," January 11, 2014
  4. Commercial Appeal, "Guns, wine, vouchers again in Tennessee legislature," January 5, 2013
  5. The Tennessean, "TN lawmakers gear up for fast session, re-election," January 8, 2012
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures, "2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar," accessed June 6, 2014(Archived)
  7. 2010 session dates for Tennessee legislature
  8. National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Experiences with Annual and Biennial Budgeting," updated April 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 National Association of State Budget Officers, "Budget Processes in the States, Summer 2008," accessed February 21, 2014
  10. Pew Charitable Trusts, "States’ Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis," July 29, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 U.S. Public Interest Research Group, "Following the Money 2014 Report," accessed April 15, 2014
  12. Sunlight Foundation, "Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information," accessed June 16, 2013
  13. Stateline, "In Legislative Elections, Majorities and Supermajorities at Stake," November 2, 2012
  14. Follow the Money: "Tennessee House 2010 Campaign Contributions"
  15. Follow the Money, "Tennessee 2008 Candidates," accessed August 2, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "Tennessee 2006 Candidates," accessed August 2, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "Tennessee 2004 Candidates," accessed August 2, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, "Tennessee 2002 Candidates," accessed August 2, 2013
  19. Follow the Money, "Tennessee 2000 Candidates," accessed August 2, 2013
  20. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Qualifications for elected offices in Tennessee," accessed December 18, 2013
  21. Tennessee Legislature, "Tennessee Constitution," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Section Article II, Section 15)
  22. U.S. Census Bureau, "U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Tennessee's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting," March 16, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2012
  23. USA Today, Census 2010 - Tennessee, retrieved July 11, 2012
  24. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  25. Rules of the Tennessee House - 106th General Assembly
  26. Tennessee House Leadership