Randy McNally

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James R. "Randy" McNally (born January 30, 1944) is a Tennessee politician and a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate representing the 5th district. The district encompasses Anderson County, Loudon County, Monroe County, and part of Knox County. He is a resident of Oak Ridge.

McNally has served in the Tennessee General Assembly since 1977. He was elected to the 91st through 94th General Assemblies as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was a key figure in the Operation Rocky Top investigation in the late 1980s, when he worked undercover to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation obtain evidence on political corruption in the Tennessee state government.[1] He moved to the state senate for the 95th General Assembly, and has served there continuously since then. He is Chair of the Senate Finances, Ways, and Means committee,[2] Vice-Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, and a member of the Senate General Welfare Committee and the Joint Fiscal Review Contract Services Subcommittee. He was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate in 2007, but fellow Republican Ron Ramsey was elected to that position.

McNally graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1962, obtained a B.S. from Memphis State University in 1967, and graduated from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1969. Beginning in the late 1960s, he worked as a pharmacist in chain drug stores. Since 1978 he has been employed as a hospital pharmacist at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.[3]


  1. ^ "Business of politics changed after FBI sting". Chattanooga Times Free Press. August 27, 2007.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Squabble Over State Spending on Local Projects Slows Down Budget Talks". Missouri News Horizon. April 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Senator James 'Randy' R McNally's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Sandra Roberts, Before Tennessee Waltz, there was Rocky Top. The Tennessean, June 5, 2005.
  • Larry Daughtrey, Lieutenant governor's contest may be a mystery worth decoding. The Tennessean. May 28, 2006.