|Succeeded by Bobby Carter|
|Name Joe McKnight|
Role American Politician
|Born December 4, 1933 (age 82)
Jackson, Tennessee, U.S. (1933-12-04) |
Alma mater University of Memphis, University of Tennessee at Martin
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Joe "Nip" McKnight (born December 4, 1933) is an American politician who represented Tennessee's 27th district in the state senate from 1987–1995.
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- Early life
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McKnight grew up in Bemis, Tennessee, a company town run by the Bemis Company that merged into the city of Jackson in 1977. His father, a former college basketball player at University of Tennessee-Martin, taught McKnight the game at a young age. He continued playing throughout high school and college, first for Memphis State University before transferring to UT-Martin, where McKnight broke his father's scoring record. After graduation, McKnight taught at South Side High School in Jackson for two years. He was then hired by Martin-Marietta Ammunition of Milan and served as the company's production superintendent for sixteen years.
McKnight served as Madison County commissioner for eight years prior to winning the 1986 state senate election. He defeated Bobby Carter in the tight 1990 election, but lost to Carter four years later.
McKnight married Sandra Maddox in 1960.