Jason Mumpower

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Jason Mumpower
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
In office
January 14, 1997 – January 11, 2011
Preceded by Ron Ramsey
Succeeded by Scotty_Campbell
Personal details
Political party Republican
Residence Bristol, TN
Alma mater King College

Jason Everett Mumpower (born September 22, 1973, in Bristol, Tennessee) was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives representing the 3rd District, which consists of all of Johnson County and part of Sullivan County.

Mumpower was first elected to the Tennessee House in the 100th Tennessee General Assembly and served as the Republican Majority Leader, a position to which he was elected on December 13, 2006. He was a member of the Health and Human Resources Committee, the Government Operations Committee, and Finance, Ways and Means. He was previously Republican Caucus Assistant Leader.

With the Republicans holding a slim 50-49 advantage over Democrats within the Tennessee House of Representatives following the 2008 state elections, it was anticipated within the TNGA Republican House Caucus that Mumpower would be the elected in 2009 as next Speaker of the House, succeeding Democrat Jimmy Naifeh, who has held the position since 1991. However, Mumpower lost the House Speaker election to fellow Republican Kent Williams of Carter County. Williams was able to secure the vote of every House Democrat, plus his own, to become the first Republican Speaker of the House since 1969.[1][2]

Mumpower announced he would not seek reelection in 2010.

Legislative goals[edit]

2009[edit]

Mumpower co-sponsored the 2009 H.B. 1725 legislation sponsored by his fellow Bristol and Sullivan County member in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Rep. Jon Lundberg (the Tennessee Senate companion bill, S.B 1950 was sponsored by his fellow Sullivan County resident, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey).[3] H.B. 1725 – subject to approval by the Bristol Board of Aldermen – removes the right of all Bristol voters to participate within ballot questions for recall, initiative, and referendum provisions authorized by the city charter, and was enacted into law by the Tennessee GeneralAssembly and assigned Private Chapter Number 18 by the Tennessee Secretary of State.[4]

2008[edit]

Mumpower voted for a measure to lift a cap preventing the construction toll bridge and toll road projects across Tennessee during the 2008 session. The toll road legislation failed to be enacted by the Tennessee Senate.[5]

Early career[edit]

Mumpower graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School in 1991, later attending King College in Bristol and graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration.[6] He is employed by Rep. Jon Lundberg (TN, R-H1) at the Corporate Image, Inc. public relations and marketing firm in Bristol and also by his father-in-law at NWP Real Estate Appraisals of Rogersville, Tennessee, where he has worked as a registered real estate appraiser trainee since October 17, 2007.[7]

Mumpower is also a noted comic book collector in Tennessee, with approximately 17,000 comic books cataloged and organized within his private collection gathered over 23 years.[8][9] The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Mumpower as stating that he "read a comic book each night before going to bed",[10] and Mumpower also stated that his current favorite comic book super hero is Spider-Man.[11]

Prior to being elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, Mumpower bagged groceries at a Bristol, Tennessee grocery store.[12] "I learned more about life working in the Food City than I could learn anywhere else", Mumpower stated in a December 2008 news article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, "To me, a grocery store is a clearinghouse of life. Everybody has to eat.".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2009/1/13/republican_is_a_speaker_of_the_house_but_not_who_you_think
  2. ^ http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090113/NEWS02/90113034
  3. ^ http://wapp.legislature.state.tn.us/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1725
  4. ^ http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/106/priv/pr0018.pdf
  5. ^ http://google.com/search?q=cache:VbFrA1cq0sAJ:www.starhq.com/news/html/news/articles/articles.asp%3Fday%3DMonday%26article%3De2560bc-tn-Mumpower-issues.html+Mumpower+%22Indian+Springs%22+lottery&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us "Mumpower anti-tax". Elizabethton Star. December 15, 2008
  6. ^ http://www.classmates.com/directory/public/memberprofile/list.htm?regId=277519691 Classmates – Jason Mumpower
  7. ^ https://www.tennesseeanytime.org/conflict-app/view_form_8004.htm?name=Mumpower&id=10673&f=10110&v=1 Tennessee Ethics Commission – Statement of Disclosure of Interests (ss-8004) Jason Mumpower.
  8. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:DJCzXR15v34J:hbat.phoenix-now.com/PDF/May-June,%2520%2708.pdf+Jason+Mumpower+comic+books&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us Home Builders Association of Tennessee, Inc. May–June 2008 newsletter.
  9. ^ http://www.tml1.org/pdf/up/2007_-_Feb._26.pdf Tennessee Town & City.Jason Mumpower’s wholehearted devotion leads to the youngest leading the House. Gael Stahl, Editor. February 26, 2007, p. 10.
  10. ^ http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/nov/12/comic-books-not-a-problem/#comments "Comic books? Not a problem for House leader". Konville News Sentinel. Wednesday, November 12, 2008
  11. ^ http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/nov/12/comic-books-not-a-problem/#comments "Comic books? Not a problem for House leader". Konville News Sentinel. Wednesday, November 12, 2008
  12. ^ http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/dec/22/bristol-legislator-set-to-be-speaker/ Bristol legislator set to be Tennessee House speaker: Mumpower would play big role in Memphis affairs
  13. ^ http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/dec/22/bristol-legislator-set-to-be-speaker/ Bristol legislator set to be Tennessee House speaker: Mumpower would play big role in Memphis affairs