Carol Chumney

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Carol J. Chumney
Personal details
Born (1961-02-13) February 13, 1961 (age 56)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma mater University of Memphis
Occupation Lawyer

Carol J. Chumney (born February 13, 1961) is an American lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Tennessee. She served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1991 to 2003 and represented the fifth district (East Memphis and Midtown) on the Memphis, Tennessee City Council from 2004 to 2007. Chumney was also an unsuccessful candidate for Shelby County mayor in 2002 and Memphis mayor in 2007. Chumney is currently running for District Attorney General for Shelby County.


She attended school at:

As a Presidential Scholar, she earned her B.A. in Economics and History with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, and was Student Government President (1982–83).

Chumney earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of Memphis Law School in 1986, as a Herff Law Scholar. During law school she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

As a trial attorney, Chumney began her private practice in 1987 at Glankler Brown law firm, where she later became a partner. Now she has her own law office in the White Station Tower. In 2001, she was honored by the Association for Women Attorneys for outstanding achievements in and for the legal profession.

House & Legislation[edit]

From her election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1990,[1] over thirteen years Carol rose to various leadership positions, including Chair of the House Children & Family Affairs Standing Committee, House Majority Whip, and Chair of the Shelby County Delegation. She passed the child care reform law as reported in Time Magazine, The New York Times, and statewide news publications. She also secured the $200,000 state grant to create the UT Memphis Center for Women's Health.[2]


Chumney has been recognized for her leadership with awards

  • Tenn. Trial Lawyer's Consumer Protection Award (1995)
  • Tenn. Citizen Action Leadership Award (1995)
  • Tenn. Task Force Against Domestic Violence (1996)
  • Tenn. Assoc. for Education of Young Children,
  • UT Health Science Leadership Award (2001)
  • Tenn. Sierra Club (2001)
  • Tenn. Development District Assoc. Legislator of the Year Award-(2003)*National Democratic Leadership Council's A100 New Democrats to Watc(2003)
  • Memphis Woman Magazine 50 Women Who Make a Difference (2003).

She created and hosts "Tennessee Lookout", a public information show on the Library Channel 18.[3]


  1. ^ Chumney banks on political dossier : Politics : Commercial Appeal
  2. ^ law firm profile
  3. ^ City Government Profile Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
Preceded by
John Vergos
Memphis, Tennessee District 5 City Council Member
Succeeded by
Jim Strickland