Dewayne Bunch (Tennessee)

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Dewayne Bunch (born March 15, 1959 in Athens, Tennessee) is a Republican politician in Tennessee who formerly served in the Tennessee General Assembly and is now a state administrative law judge.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Bunch graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Technological University in 1981. He obtained a master's degree from East Tennessee State University in 1984 and a J.D. from University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville in 1990.[1][2]

Bunch served as wrestling coach for Cleveland Junior High (Cleveland, Tennessee) in the early 1980s. After entering the legal profession, he was an attorney and partner at McCoin, McCoin, Bunch and Associates.[2]

Political career[edit]

Bunch served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for eight years (1999–2006), in the 101st through 104th General Assemblies, representing the 24th district, which consisted of part of Bradley County. He was elected to the Tennessee State Senate for the 105th General Assembly and served one four-year term as a state senator, representing the 9th senatorial district in the 105th and 106th General Assemblies (2007–2010).[1]

As a member of the state legislature, Bunch was once recognized as the Tennessee School Board Legislator of the Year, was a two-time recipient of a “Friend of the Family” award, and received an "Equal Access to Justice" award from the Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services and Legal Aid of Tennessee.[3] He was also critical of Tennessee laws that allow for appointment of judges.[4]

In December 2010, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett appointed Bunch to a position as a state administrative law judge.[4] Unlike the state's other administrative law judges, who are based in Nashville, it was announced that Bunch would live and work in East Tennessee.[4]

Mistaken identity[edit]

In April 2011 several news outlets erroneously reported Tennessee State Senator Bunch the victim of a violent encounter when Kentucky State Representative Dewayne Bunch sustained a critical head injury while intervening to break up a fight between two students in the cafeteria at Whitley County High School in Kentucky.


  1. ^ a b c Administrative Judges, Tennessee Secretary of State website, accessed October 16, 2011
  2. ^ a b Tennessee House Representative Dewayne Bunch, Tennessee House of Representatives website archives, accessed October 16, 2011
  3. ^ Rep. Dewayne Bunch Launches Bid For State Senate, The Chattanoogan, February 28, 2006
  4. ^ a b c Ex-GOP lawmaker Dewayne Bunch named administrative judge, Associated Press, published by Knoxville News Sentinel, December 14, 2010

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