Winners and losers in Tennessee legislative races

Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) speaks to reporters in the House chamber in Nashville on April 17, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican Reps. Matthew Hill, Micah Van Huss, and Rick Tillis were ousted in Thursday’s primaries, as was Democratic Rep. Rick Staples.

Here is an update to our comprehensive guide to contested primaries for the state Tennessee General Assembly.

(Winners are in red. Incumbents are listed in italics. Open seats are in bold.)

District Party Name City
Senate 6 D Sam Brown Knoxville
D Jane George Knoxville
Senate 20 D Kimi Abernathy Nashville
D Heidi Campbell Nashville
Senate 22 R Doug Englen Clarksville
R Bill Powers Clarksville
Senate 24 R Casey L Hood Obion
R John D. Stevens Huntingdon
Senate 26 R Jai Templeton Stantonville
R Page Walley Bolivar
Senate 30 D Marion Latroy A-Williams Jr. Memphis
D Sara P. Kyle Memphis
Senate 32 R Paul W. Rose Covington
R Scott Throckmorton Collierville
House 3 R Scotty Campbell Mountain City
R Neal Kerney Mountain City
House 4 R Robert (Bob) Acuff Elizabethton
R John B. Holsclaw Jr Johnson City
R Tim Lingerfelt Erwin
House 6 R Tim Hicks Gray
R Micah Van Huss Gray
House 7 R Rebecca Keefauver Alexander Jonesborough
R Matthew Hill Jonesborough
House 15 D Sam McKenzie Knoxville
D Matthew Park Knoxville
D Rick Staples Knoxville
House 16 R Patti Lou Bounds Knoxville
R Michele Carringer Knoxville
House 18 R Eddie Mannis Knoxville
R Gina Oster Knoxville
House 20 R Bob Ramsey Maryville
R Bryan Richey Maryville
House 32 R Kent Calfee Kingston
R Mike Hooks Kingston
 House 42 R Dennis C Bynum Cookeville
R Ryan Williams Cookeville
House 43 R Jerry Lowery Sparta
R Bobby Robinson Sparta
R Paul Sherrell Sparta
House 47 R Rush Bricken Tullahoma
R Ronnie E. Holden Tullahoma
House 52 D Mike Stewart Nashville
D James C. Turner II Antioch
House 54 D Terry Clayton Nashville
D Vincent Dixie Nashville
House 60 D Darren Jernigan Old Hickory
D Grant Thomas Medeiros Nashville
House 71 R David “Coach” Byrd Waynesboro
R Austin Carroll Hohenwald
R Garry Welch Savannah
House 72 R Kirk Haston Lobelville
R Gordon Wildridge Lexington
House 76 R Tandy Darby Greenfield
R Dennis J. Doster Dresden
R David Hawks Martin
R John McMahan Union City
R Keith Priestley McKenzie
House 78 R James Ebb Gupton Jr. Ashland City
R Mary Littleton Dickson
House 79 R Curtis Halford Dyer
R Christine Warrington Humboldt
House 84 D Dominique Primer Memphis
D Joe Towns Jr. Memphis
House 85 D Jesse Chism Memphis
D Alvin Crook Memphis
House 86 D Barbara Cooper Memphis
D Austin A. Crowder Memphis
D Dominique Frost Memphis
D JoAnn Wooten-Lewis Cordova
House 88 D Larry J. Miller Memphis
D Orrden W. Williams Jr. Memphis
House 90* D Torrey C. Harris Memphis
D Anya Parker Memphis
D Catrina Smith Memphis
House 92 R Vincent A. Cuevas Lewisburg
R Rick Tillis Lewisburg
R Todd Warner Cornersburg
House 97 R John Gillespie Memphis
R Brandon S. Weise Memphis
D Allan Creasy Memphis
D Ruby Powell-Dennis Cordova
D Gabby Salinas Memphis
D Clifford Stockton III Cordova
House 98 D Antonio Parkinson Memphis
D Charles A. Thompson Memphis
House 99 R Tom Leatherwood Arlington
R Lee Mills Arlington

(*Longtime Rep. John DeBerry has said he plans to run as an independent in House 90 after being ousted from the primary ballot by the state Democratic Party)

11 Responses to Winners and losers in Tennessee legislative races

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Actually other than Hagerty’s decisive win over Sethi, last night was a particularly sad night for conservatives in the Republican primary. Anytime stalwart conservative leaders like Mathew Hill (ACU-89%), Timothy Hill (88%), Micah Van Huss (90%), and Andy Holt (88%) leave the legislature all at once good government suffers a blow. Other races didn’t go well either. Instead of replacing Martin Daniel (89%) with staunch conservative Gina Oster in the 18th the nomination went to Never Trumper Eddie Mannis who has a nasty habit of contributing to liberals. Instead of replacing the great Andy Holt with a Holt reasonable facsimile in the 76th a teachers union endorsed businessman won instead. All in all, not a good night for the good guys.

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      Taking wagers on how fast one or more of these four wind up back on the state payroll in nice six figure salaried jobs….

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Stewart, it appears that the AC high rankings are not always a sure winner. More and more people seem to be waking up to the dirty tricks that the GOP supporters blindly follow and allow to continue. Trumps’ numbers are dropping like lead and he is dragging all his supporters with him. Wake up.

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    Christina Norris says:

    Cheerleaders for good guys are celebrating, Stuart. Your provincial definition of ‘good guys’ is outdated.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Yes!! I think a good night for the working people!

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    Benton Temple says:

    Bye Matthew! Bye Tim! Bye Micah! Bye Andy!

    Bye losers!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Dear, dear, dear. Just when I was beginning to believe that you leftists were almost bursting with compassion for those down on their luck I see this outpouring of what seems awfully like venomous gloating in regard to those who have just seen their political careers come to an end. Really Benton, this is very confusing, I don’t know what to think.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Stewart, there was no “venomous gloating”, the Majority of the voters simply have become fed up with our local governments and desire a change. The GOP has shown it’s ugly face time and again and the taxpayers are tired of the graft and corruption throughout the party. The US needs to get back on track and join the rest of the world once again. First we tackle the virus and then we start fixing all the other things that the Trump administration destroyed.

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        Benton Temple says:

        Oh, Stuart. I am very conservative and a republican, but when corrupt politicians go down I’m here for that. Holt was a looney toon. Both Hills are nuts and very corrupt. Micah Van Huss is a psychopath and a poor representative.

        Not sad at all to see these bad people go. The legislature will be better for it.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Benton, I had no idea you were such a highly qualified diagnostician of mental illnesses especially when such illnesses are allegedly suffered by individuals who you never examined or don’t even know. When you have a moment please let us know where you received your PhD in psychology or your MD and psychiatric residences and what personal contact you have had with the individuals of whom you speak.

          As for corruption, there are laws against that sort of thing so if you know of any acts of corruption as a good citizen you should report them to the proper authorities immediately. I personally avoid accusing people of crimes until they are convicted in a court of law. As far as I know the individuals you accused of crimes have not even been charged with corruption much less indicted or convicted.

          You may be a Republican and relatively conservative Benton, but perhaps not a “>Heritage/ACU 88%” conservative. When it comes down to it perhaps your charges of mental illness/felonious behavior are nothing more than political or stylistic differences.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Today, there are glaring, almost daily examples of corruption in the White House and the various federal agencies run by trumps friends and staunch GOP supporters. The federal agencies ARE the “proper authorities” that should be taking charge here but they are all in trumps’ pocket. Look no further than the Justice department with the crooked and unethical Barr in charge. This is precisely why more and more people are complaining- because the normal operations of our government are gone. Our government offices are down to being staffed by a few trump appointees and some that require congressional approval that did not even pass that small requirement. In fact, one recent appointee to head an office was flat out REJECTED for the office by congress and trump appointed him anyway. Of course, all these trump appointees running these federal offices are all rated very highly by your sacred ACU. Yes, we do have laws but someone must enforce them and our “Law and Order” president and his cronies are absent once again.

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