Bill Ketron

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Bill Ketron, Jr. (born September 4, 1953) is a Tennessee politician and a member of the Tennessee Senate for the 13th district, which is composed of Lincoln, Marshall, and Maury counties, as well as part of Rutherford County.

Personal background[edit]

Ketron was born in Kingsport, Tennessee and grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He graduated from Central High School in Murfreesboro in 1971 and Middle Tennessee State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and history. He is the owner of Universal International Insurance, a small business in Murfreesboro.[1]

He married Theresa Fallaw in 1983. Their daughter, Kelsey (born 1990), attends Middle Tennessee State University, and the family attends First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bill Ketron has served as a state senator since being elected to the 103rd Tennessee General Assembly. He is currently[when?] the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, the chairman of the very active and powerful[citation needed] Senate State and Local Government Committee, and a member of the following committees: the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture; Senate Education; Senate Ethics; and Joint Long Term Care Oversight. He previously held office as a member of the Rutherford County commission from 1990 to 1998. He is a member of the 106th Tennessee General Assembly, the 2010 regular session of which convened on January 25, 2010. He will be up for re-election this year.[when?]

He supported Rick Perry for the Republican Party's nomination in the presidential election of 2012.[2]

In February 2011, Ketron and State Rep. Judd Matheny introduced legislation to outlaw sharia law in the state.[3]

In March 2013, Ketron and Matheny drew national attention after inquiring whether a new floor-level sink in the Tennessee state capitol had been installed to allow Muslims to wash their feet before praying. According to state officials, the sink is meant to make it easier for custodial staff to fill buckets and clean mops.[4]

In early 2017, Ketron and State Representative Matthew Hill garnered national attention by proposing legislation that would free motorists of civil liability for running down political demonstrators.[5]


  1. ^ a b "About Senator Bill Ketron". Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ J.R. Lind (November 7, 2011). "More Volunteers for Perry - Nashville Post". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sisk, Chas (February 23, 2011). "Ketron, Matheny give their take on Shariah bill". Nashville Tennessean. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Schelzig, Eric (March 25, 2013). "Is Tenn. Capitol sink for Muslim feet washing? No.". Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hickman, John (February 22, 2017). "To Kill A Protester". Retrieved February 22, 2017. 

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