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Date: November 7th 2018
 
November 7, 2018

Election Results

After Tuesday's general election, Tennessee voters can finally breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that their televisions and mailboxes have been given a much-needed reprieve after months of being bombarded with campaign ads and direct mail. At the top of Tuesday's ballot, voters were given the opportunity to elect a new Governor and United States Senators. Further down the ballot, voters considered candidates for the United States Congress and the Tennessee House of Representatives. In addition to these races, 18 seats in the Tennessee State Senate appeared on ballots in odd numbered districts. Results from Tuesday's general election can be found below.

Tennessee Governor:

Republican candidate for Governor Bill Lee defeated Democrat Karl Dean in Tuesday's general election. Upon being inaugurated, Bill Lee will become the 49th Governor of the State of Tennessee. Lee will succeed current Republican Governor Bill Haslam, who is term limited after serving 8 years in office.

Lee succeeding Haslam as Governor is historically significant in Tennessee. The last time any Governor in Tennessee transferred power to a member of his or her own party occurred way back in 1966. In 1966, Democratic candidate for Governor Buford Ellington was elected to succeed Democratic Governor Frank Clement. Lee's victory on Tuesday also marks the first time since the election of Republican Lamar Alexander in 1978 that Tennesseans chose to elect a candidate for Governor that had not previously held elected office.

Bill Lee comes to the Governor's office after spending his entire career in the private sector. Lee is the President of Franklin, Tennessee based Lee Company, a large facilities services company specializing in commercial and residential heating and cooling. In addition to running Lee Company, Lee raises cattle at his family's farm in Williamson County. Lee is married to the future First Lady of Tennessee Maria Lee and has four adult children and five grandchildren.

United States Senate:

Republican United States Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn has been elected to serve as Tennessee's next United States Senator. Congresswoman Blackburn defeated her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen, the former two-term Governor of Tennessee. Congresswoman Blackburn will succeed Republican United States Senator Bob Corker, who is retiring from public office after serving two terms in the United States Senate. Congresswoman Blackburn has served as the representative for Tennessee's 7th Congressional District since 2003.

Tennessee Congressional Races:

Tennessee's nine seats in the United States House of Representatives saw very little change during the 2018 election cycle. Neither a Republican nor a Democratic candidate was able to flip a single seat on Tuesday. For the next two years, Republicans will fill seven of Tennessee's nine seats in Congress and Democrats will fill two of Tennessee's nine seats in Congress.

In Tennessee's First Congressional District, Republican Congressman Phil Roe retained his seat.

In Tennessee's Second Congressional District, Republican Tim Burchett will replace Republican Congressman Jimmy Duncan, who retired from office.

In Tennessee's Third Congressional District, Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann retained his seat.

In Tennessee's Fourth Congressional District, Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais retained his seat.

In Tennessee's Fifth Congressional District, Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper retained his seat.

In Tennessee's Sixth Congressional District, Republican John Rose will replace Republican Congressman Diane Black, who ran unsuccessfully for Governor.

In Tennessee's Seventh Congressional District, Republican Mark Green will replace Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who ran successfully to become Tennessee's next United States Senator.

In Tennessee's Eighth Congressional District, Republican Congressman David Kustoff retained his seat.

In Tennessee's Ninth Congressional District, Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen retained his seat.

Tennessee State Senate:

Half of Tennessee's 33 State Senate seats stood for election on Tuesday. Heading into Tuesday's general election, Republicans held 28 seats and Democrats held 5 seats. After Tuesday's general election, Republicans hold 28 seats and Democrats hold 5 seats. Two seats in the Tennessee Senate will be vacated with the departures of Senator Mark Green (R) in Tennessee Senate District 22 and Senator Mark Norris (R) in Tennessee Senate District 32. Senator Mark Green's seat will be vacated after he was elected to become the next United States Congressman for Tennessee's 7th Congressional District and Senator Mark Norris' seat will be vacated after he was appointed by President Donald Trump to become a United States District Judge. Special elections in both districts will be held to fill the vacated seats.

When the 111th Tennessee General Assembly convenes on January 8, 2019, the Tennessee State Senate will welcome six new members to the body. As previously mentioned, two of the new members of the Tennessee Senate will be decided after special elections take place. Of the four remaining new members of the Tennessee Senate, three are Democrats and one is a Republican.

The four new members of the Tennessee Senate we currently know are below:

In Tennessee Senate District 19, Democrat Brenda Gilmore will replace retiring Democratic Senator Thelma Harper. Gilmore previously served as the State Representative for Tennessee House District 54.

In Tennessee Senate District 29, Democrat Raumesh Akbari will replace Democratic Senator Lee Harris, who vacated his seat in 2018 and has been since been elected to serve as Mayor of Shelby County. Akbari previously served as the State Representative for Tennessee House District 91.

In Tennessee Senate District 33, Democrat Katrina Robinson will replace Democratic Senator Reggie Tate. Robinson defeated Senator Tate in the August Democratic primary election.

In Tennessee Senate District 13, Republican Dawn White will replace Republican Senator Bill Ketron, who vacated his seat in 2018 and has since been elected to serve as Mayor of Rutherford County. White previously served as the State Representative for Tennessee House District 37.

Tennessee State House:

All 99 of the seats in Tennessee's House of Representatives stood for election on Tuesday. Heading into Tuesday's general election, Republicans held 74 seats and Democrats held 25 seats. After Tuesday's general election, Republicans hold 73 seats and Democrats hold 26 seats.

When the 111th Tennessee General Assembly convenes on January 8, 2019, the Tennessee House of Representatives will welcome 28 new members to the body. 20 of the new members of the House of Representatives will be Republicans and 8 will be Democrats.

The 28 new members of the Tennessee House of Representatives are:

In Tennessee House District 10, Republican Rick Eldridge will replace Republican House Member Tilman Goins who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 19, Republican Dave Wright will replace Republican House Member Harry Brooks who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 21, Republican Lowell Russell will replace Republican House Member Jimmy Matlock who retired from office to pursue an unsuccessful run in Tennessee Congressional District 2.

In Tennessee House District 23, Republican Mark Cochran will replace Republican House Member John Forgety who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 24, Republican Mark Hall will replace Republican House Member Kevin Brooks who retired from office to successfully run to become Mayor of Cleveland.

In Tennessee House District 26, Republican Robin Smith will replace Republican House Member Gerald McCormick who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 30, Republican Esther Helton will replace Republican House Member Marc Gravitt who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 37, Republican Charlie Baum will replace Republican House Member Dawn White who successfully ran to succeed Senator Bill Ketron in Tennessee Senate District 13.

In Tennessee House District 39, Republican Iris Rudder will replace Republican House Member David Alexander who retired to successfully run for Mayor of Franklin County.

In Tennessee House District 45, Republican Johnny Garrett will replace Republican House Member Courtney Rogers who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 47, Republican Rush Bricken will replace Republican House Member Judd Matheny who retired from office to run unsuccessfully for Tennessee's 6th Congressional District seat.

In Tennessee House District 61, Republican Brandon Ogles will replace Republican House Member Charles Sargent who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 64, Republican Scott Cepicky will replace Republican House Member Sheila Butt who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 70, Republican Clay Doggett will replace Republican House Member Barry Doss. Doggett defeated Rep. Doss in the August primary election.

In Tennessee House District 72, Republican Kirk Haston will replace Republican House Member Steve McDaniel who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 73, Republican Chris Todd will replace Republican House Member Jimmy Eldridge who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 75, Republican Bruce Griffey will replace Republican House Member Tim Wirgau. Griffey defeated Rep. Wirgau in the August primary election.

In Tennessee House District 82, Republican Chris Hurt will replace Democrat House Member Craig Fitzhugh who retired from office to unsuccessfully run for Governor.  This seat is now Republican.

In Tennessee House District 89, Republcian Justin Lafferty will replace Republican House Member Roger Kane who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 99, Republican Tom Leatherwood will replace Republican House Member Ron Lollar who tragically passed away earlier this year. Leatherwood previously served two-terms in the Tennessee Senate from 1992-2000.

In Tennessee House District 13, Democrat Gloria Johnson will replace Republican House Member Eddie Smith.  This seat is now Democratic.

In Tennessee House District 28, Democrat Yusuf Hakeem will replace Democratic House Member JoAnne Favors who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 54, Democrat Vincent Dixie will replace Democratic House Member Brenda Gilmore who is now a member of the Tennessee Senate.

In Tennessee House District 56, Democrat Bob Freeman will replace Republican House Member and current House Speaker Beth Harwell who retired from office to run unsuccessfully for Governor. This seat is now Democratic.

In Tennessee House District 59, Democrat Jason Potts will replace Democratic House Member Sherry Jones who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 67, Democrat Jason Hodges will replace Democratic House Member Joe Pitts who retired from office to successfully run for Mayor of Clarksville.

In Tennessee House District 85, Democrat Jesse Chism will replace Democratic House Member Johnnie Turner who retired from office.

In Tennessee House District 91, Democrat London Lamar will replace Democratic House Member Raumesh Akbari who is now in the Tennessee Senate.

We have had the opportunity to meet many of these newly elected legislators already and look forward to working with all members of the House and Senate when the 111th General Assembly convenes at noon on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

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