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Tennessee Republican Party

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Chairperson  Scott Golden
House Leader  Speaker Beth Harwell
United States Senate delegation  2 / 2
Color  Red (unofficial)
Governor of Tennessee  Bill Haslam
Colors  Red (unofficial)
Senate leader  Randy McNally
National affiliation  Republican Party

Ideology  Conservatism Fiscal conservatism Social conservatism
Headquarters  Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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The Tennessee Republican Party (TRP) is the affiliate of the United States Republican Party in Tennessee. It is often called the Tennessee Grand Old Party or the TNGOP.

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History

Upon its entry into the Union in 1796 Tennessee was strongly Democratic-Republican. Tennessee became a two-party system for more than 20 years during the Jacksonian era. The Democratic Party was formed by Jackson followers and this party was dominant against the rival Whig Party led by Henry Clay. But in 1835, there was a turn in power of party and a Whig governor was elected. Tennessee after the Civil War was part of the Democratic South for about a century. East Tennessee however remained strongly Republican. Even though the state was predominantly Democratic two different presidential elections won the state of Tennessee in 1920 and 1928. In the 1960s and 1970s Republicans made a push into the Democratic power when in 1966, Howard Baker was elected US senator. Then again Republicans made another push, when Winfield Dunn was elected governor, the first Republican Governor in over 50 years.

Leadership and staff

The Tennessee Republican Party has had five chairmen since 2005. On December 11, 2004, the State Executive Committee unanimously elected Bob Davis as Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party to serve for the calendar years 2005 and 2006. He was subsequently elected to a second two-year term, 2007 and 2008, but resigned from the chairmanship in August 2007 to become Senior Adviser to presidential candidate Fred Thompson. The party's State Executive Committee then chose Robin Smith, former chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party and vice chairman of the Tennessee GOP under Davis, to complete Davis's two-year term.

Republicans won a historic victory in Tennessee's 2008 elections, when the party won majorities in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly for the first time since the Reconstruction Era election of 1868. Smith was unanimously re-elected at the end of 2008 to a full two-year term as chairman for calendar years 2009 and 2010. In April 2009, Smith announced her resignation in order to run for Congress in Tennessee's 3rd congressional district in the August 2010 Republican primary.

Staff

  • The Chairman of the Republican Party of Tennessee is Scott Golden, who was elected on December 3, 2016.
  • Current elected officials

    The Tennessee Republican Party controls the governor's office and a majority in the Tennessee Senate and the Tennessee House of Representatives. Republicans hold both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and 7 of the state's 9 U.S. House seats.

    U.S. Senate

  • Bob Corker
  • Lamar Alexander
  • U.S. House of Representatives

  • Phil Roe, 1st District
  • Jimmy Duncan, 2nd District
  • Chuck Fleischmann, 3rd District
  • Scott DesJarlais, 4th District
  • Diane Black, 6th District
  • Marsha Blackburn, 7th District
  • Stephen Fincher, 8th District
  • Statewide offices

  • Governor: Bill Haslam
  • Lieutenant Governor: Randy McNally
  • Legislative leadership

  • Speaker of the Senate/Lt. Governor: Randy McNally
  • Speaker of the House: Beth Harwell
  • Tennessee state senate

  • Steve Southerland, District 1
  • Doug Overbey, District 2
  • Rusty Crowe, District 3
  • John Lundberg, District 4
  • Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, District 5
  • Becky Duncan Massey, District 6
  • Stacey Campfield, District 7
  • Frank Niceley, District 8
  • Mike Bell, District 9
  • Todd Gardenhire, District 10
  • Bo Watson, District 11
  • Ken Yager, District 12
  • Bill Ketron, District 13
  • Jim Tracy, District 14
  • Janice Bowling, District 16
  • Mae Beavers, District 17
  • Ferrell Haile, District 18
  • Steven Dickerson, District 20
  • Mark Green, District 22
  • Jack Johnson, District 23
  • John Stevens, District 24
  • Jim Summerville, District 25
  • Dolores Gresham, District 26
  • Joey Hensley, District 28
  • Brian Kelsey, District 31
  • Mark Norris, District 32
  • Tennessee state house

  • Jon Lundberg - District 1
  • Tony Shipley - District 2
  • Timothy Hill - District 3
  • David Hawk - District 5
  • James (Micah) Van Huss - District 6
  • Matthew Hill - District 7
  • Art Swann - District 8
  • Michael Harrison - District 9
  • Tilman Goins - District 10
  • Jeremy Faison - District 11
  • Dale Carr - District 12
  • Eddie Smith - District 13
  • Ryan Haynes - District 14
  • Bill Dunn - District 16
  • Andrew Farmer - District 17
  • Steve Hall - District 18
  • Harry Brook - District 19
  • Bob Ramsey - District 20
  • Jimmy Matlock - District 21
  • Eric Watson - District 22
  • John Forgety - District 23
  • Kevin Brooks - District 24
  • Cameron Sexton - District 25
  • Gerald McCormick - District 26
  • Richard Floyd - District 27
  • Mike Carter, District 29
  • Vince Dean - District 30
  • Ron Travis - District 31
  • Kent Calfee - District 32
  • John Ragan - District 33
  • Rick Womick - District 34
  • Dennis E. Roach - District 35
  • Dennis Powers - District 36
  • Dawn White, District 37
  • Kelly Keisling - District 38
  • David Alexander - District 39
  • Terri Lynn Weaver - District 40
  • Ryan Williams - District 42
  • Paul Sherrell - District 43
  • William Lamberth, District 44
  • Courtney Rogers - District 45
  • Mark Pody - District 46
  • Judd Matheny - District 47
  • Bryan Terry - District 48
  • Mike Sparks - District 49
  • Speaker Beth Harwell - District 56
  • Susan Lynn - District 57
  • Charles Michael Sargent - District 61
  • Pat Marsh - District 62
  • Glen Casada - District 63
  • Sheila Butt - District 64
  • Sam Whitson, District 65
  • Joshua Evans - District 66
  • Curtis Johnson - District 68
  • Michael Curcio - District 69
  • Barry Doss - District 70
  • Vance Dennis - District 71
  • Steve McDaniel - District 72
  • Jimmy Eldridge - District 73
  • Jay Reedy - District 74
  • Tim Wirgau - District 75
  • Andy Holt - District 76
  • Bill Sanderson - District 77
  • Mary Littleton - District 78
  • Curtis Halford - District 79
  • Debra Moody, District 81
  • Mark White - District 83
  • Roger Kane, District 89
  • Billy Spivey, District 92
  • Barrett Rich - District 94
  • - District 95
  • Jim Coley - District 97
  • Ron Lollar - District 99
  • Current structure

    Here is the structure of the party as of December 2011

    Elected officers of the state committee

  • State Chairman
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice-Treasurer
  • National Committeewoman
  • National Committeeman
  • General Counsel
  • Chief Counsel
  • State executive committee

    The state executive committee (SEC) operates as the governing body for the state party. They establish rules and measures that best promote the success of the Republican Party and broadening of its base. The SEC serves as the TRP's state primary board and establishes to guide and direct County Republican Parties. One man and one woman are elected from each state senate district.

  • 33 districts
  • 66 total representatives of the TRP
  • 33 are male
  • 33 are female
  • Notable Tennessee Republicans

  • Fred Thompson
  • Bill Frist
  • Don Sundquist
  • Howard Baker
  • Bill Brock
  • Winfield Dunn
  • Lamar Alexander
  • Bob Corker
  • Controversial comment

    In 2008, the Tennessee Republican Party issued a press release that featured a photo of Senator Obama dressed in traditional Kenya clothing that the TN GOP called "Muslim attire" and used Obama's middle name "Hussein." Both Senator John McCain and State Democratic Chairman Gray Sasser decried the press release.

    Corruption

  • In July 2009 state senator Paul Stanley resigned after being caught in a sexual relationship with a 22-year-old intern. Paul Stanley was known for running for family values. Stanley resigned because he wanted to focus more on his family and better that since his indescretions. He was quoted saying "And just because I fell far short of what God's standard was for me and my wife, doesn't mean that that standard is reduced in the least bit."
  • Keith Westmoreland a Republican Tennessee State Representative was arrested on 7 felony counts of lewd and exposing himself to girls under the age 16. He committed suicide before he could be prosecuted.
  • Operation Tennessee Waltz was a statewide bribery sting, where 3 Democratic Senators and 1 Republican Representative were either convicted or plead guilty. 8 other people also either pleaded guilty or were convicted.
  • Past elections

    In 2008 the Republican won a historic victory, when the party won majorities in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly for the first time since the reconstruction era election of 1868.

    Presidential elections

    Like other Southern states, before 1960s Tennessee was a solid state of the Democratic Party. Since 1972 the Republican Party has won Tennessee in 7 out of 11 elections. It won Tennessee only except 1976, 1992 and 1996.

    Past Republican governors

  • Edward H. East 1865
  • William G. Brownlow 1865-1869
  • Dewitt C. Senter 1869-1871
  • Alvin Hawkins 1881-1883
  • Ben W. Hooper 1911-1915
  • Alfred A. Taylor 1921-1923
  • Winfield Dunn 1971-1975
  • Lamar Alexander 1979-1987
  • Don Sundquist 1995-2003
  • Bill Haslam 2011–Present
  • Coalitions

  • African American Development Council
  • College Republicans
  • Republican Jewish Coalition
  • Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Tennessee
  • Teenage Republicans
  • Young Republicans
  • Tennessee Federation of Republican Women
  • Former Chairmen

  • Thomas W. Beasley, from 1977 to 1981.
  • Jim Burnett, from 1995 to 1999.
  • Chip Saltsman, from 1999 to 2001.
  • Beth Harwell, from 2001 through 2004.
  • Bob Davis, from 2005 to August 2007.
  • Robin Smith, from 2007 to May 30, 2009.
  • Chris Devaney, 2009–2015
  • Ryan Haynes, from 2015 to 2016.
  • References

    Tennessee Republican Party Wikipedia


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