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Tennessee General Assembly

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  • Thomas Kent Harris (1777 - 1816)
    Thomas Kent Harris was a native of Virginia who removed to Tennessee and represented that state in Congress for one term.
  • Col. Jack Tipton, Tennessee Speaker of the House (1769 - 1831)
    COL. JOHN TIPTON JR. MILITARY SERVICE: BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS POLITICIAN: REP FIVE COUNTIES OF TN-SPEAKER AND TENNESSEE SENATE Death notices from The Western Weekly Review, Franklin, Tennessee Oct...
  • Maj. Bolling Gordon (1800 - 1880)
    Bolling Gordon was born on April 12, 1800 in Nashville, Tennessee to John and Dorothy (Crois) Gordon. He served as a surveyor in Illinois before 1830. From 1829-1835 he served in the House of Represent...
  • Henderson King Yoakum (1810 - 1856)
    Henderson King Yoakum (September 6, 1810 – November 30, 1856) was a Texas historian. He was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and graduated from West Point in 1832. Yoakum served in the Tennesse...
  • Marcus Brutus Winchester (1796 - 1856)
    First Mayor of Memphis, TN. Was captured at River Raisin 1813 with his father and imprisoned at Quebec, Canada. Marcus B. Winchester, land developer and first mayor of Memphis, was born on Ma...

According to the Tennessee State Constitution of 1870, the General Assembly is a bicameral legislature and consists of a Senate of thirty-three members and a House of Representatives of ninety-nine members.

The representatives are elected to two-year terms; according to a 1966 constitutional amendment the senators are elected to four-year terms which are staggered, with the districts with even numbers being elected in the year of Presidential elections and the those in the districts with odd numbers being elected in the years of Tennessee gubernatorial elections.

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