Terri Lynn Weaver

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Terri Lynn Weaver
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 40th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2009
Preceded by Rep. Frank Buck (D)
Personal details
Born (1957-09-19) September 19, 1957 (age 59)[1]
Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Mike Weaver[1]
Children 1[1]
Residence Lancaster, Tennessee[1]
Occupation Singer, Songwriter, Small Business Owner, and Politician[1]
Website Terri Lynn Weaver
Representative Weaver

Terri Lynn Weaver (born September 19, 1957)[1] is a resident of Lancaster, Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 40th district, which is composed of Smith, Trousdale, most of DeKalb, and part of Sumner counties.

State Representative Weaver (center) in Lancaster, Tennessee.


Early life and career[edit]

Weaver was born in Mansfield, Ohio, United States.

It was in the mid-1970s that, at the invitation of her aunt, she moved to Dallas, Texas.

"Disco was the happening thing at the time, the Saturday Night Fever stuff of which I was never a fan,"[this quote needs a citation] says Weaver. Weaver asked the manager if he would be interested in letting her play guitar and sing during one of the "Happy Hour" slots. The manager agreed and it was enough for her Dallas debut. She added players until it formed a trio. Then they started a band.

The band was called "Terri Lynn and Texas Tea". They played drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin and she played rhythm guitar. They played a number of clubs and other gigs over the next few years, but it wasn't until a friend at a radio station introduced her to the music of EmmyLou Harris that she adopted a style long used in the industry, "a girl and her guitar."[2]

It was while she was waitressing at a club called Barny Ol'fields, that she would meet her husband, Mike. She invited him to see her play in Grapevine, Texas that Friday and Saturday night. Mike Weaver has since been an inspiration in her career, even encouraging her to sing to him while on trips in the car. They married on June 23, 1979.

Representative Weaver[edit]

Weaver ran a campaign against incumbent Rep. Frank Buck (D) in 2006.[3] Though Rep. Buck retained his seat in the house he later announced he would not run again.[4] Weaver was able to run another campaign the following election.

Weaver was elected to the 40th district of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2008 to present filling the vacant seat of Rep. Frank Buck (D)[5] She serves in the 106th General Assembly as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, the House Children & Family Affairs Committee, the House Education Committee, the House K-12 Subcommittee, and the House Domestic Relations Subcommittee.[1]

Weaver was indirectly responsible for the surprise 2009 Tennessee House of Representatives election of TNGA House Speaker Kent Williams, R-Elizabethton (and concurrently, the defeat of Rep. Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol) as Weaver's first vote within the House of Representatives sided with the Tennessee House Democrats on the recess motion prior to the January 14, 2009 vote for the Speaker of the House.[6] The Tennessee House Republicans tried to block the recess, but lost on a 50-49 vote.

Weaver supported a Tennessee law that allows prosecutors to charge women with criminal assault if they use narcotics during pregnancy and the fetus or newborn is found "addicted to or harmed by the drug." [7]

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Weaver was one of just two House Representatives who voted "opposed" to the expulsion of fellow troubled lawmaker Jeremy Durham over allegations of sexual harassment, campaign finance violations, and tax evasion. 16 House members abstained — largely over was they felt was a lack of due process in the matter.

In February 2017, Weaver introduced a bill that would classify children born through artificial insemination as illegitimate, even if both parents are married and consent to the insemination.[8] Weaver defended the bill in a subsequent Facebook post, claiming it was intended only to repeal a statute that the state Attorney General had deemed unconstitutional. However, in reviewing Weaver's argument, Snopes concluded that it rests on a "fairly significant misreading" of the Attorney General's views and existing Tennessee law. [9]

Community involvement[edit]

Weaver was previously chairman of Farm Bureau and is currently Vice Chairman of the Smith County Republican Party and Chairman of Smith County Republican Women. She is also a member of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce,[10] the local Rotary Club, and the National Rifle Association. Her musical talent lends her involvement as Chairman of the Lancaster Independence Day Parade and Host Musician of the Annual Christmas Eve Service.[1][2]


  • Hymns from the Hills
  • Inside a Tear
  • The Only Life for Me
  • Faithful Witness
  • Live from the Living Room

Other albums[edit]

  • Collections (1999)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Representatives - TN General Assembly". Legislature.state.tn.us. 1957-09-19. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b Glenda Ogden (July 17, 2001). "iBluegrass.com Article - Terri Lynn Weaver". iBluegrass.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ "2006 Official Election Results Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 34-66" (PDF). State.tn.us. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  4. ^ Humphrey, Tom. "Long-time House member Buck will not run again » Knoxville News Sentinel". Knoxnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  5. ^ "2008 Official Election Results Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 34-66" (PDF). State.tn.us. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  6. ^ Humphrey, Tom. "Williams elected as House speaker » Knoxville News Sentinel". Knoxnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  7. ^ "The right's favorite new quack: Terri Lynn Weaver's dangerous baby "science"". Salon.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Proposed bill deems children born through artificial insemination illegitimate children". WMC Action News 5. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Does a Proposed Tennessee Bill Classify In Vitro Children as "Illegitimate"?". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Smith County, TN Chamber of Commerce —". Smithcountychamber.org. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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