|Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 25 district
|Preceded by||Doug Jackson|
|Born||October 27, 1947|
|Political party||Independent (formerly Republican)|
James M. Summerville (born October 27, 1947) is an Independent member of the Tennessee Senate for the 25th district, encompassing after the 2012 redistricting: Cheatham County, Dickson County, Hickman County, Humphreys County, and Robertson County; and Dickson County, Giles County, Hickman County, Humphreys County, Lawrence County, and Lewis County before the 2012 redistricting.
Jim Summerville was born on October 27 in Dickson, Tennessee. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee in 1969, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa in 1972, and an M.A. in American History from Vanderbilt University in 1983. He teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University. Elected as a Republican, he resigned his membership in the Republican Caucus after losing in a primary in August 2014. In a letter he sent to the Republican Caucus Chairman, Summerville said he would be serving as an independent member of the Senate for the remainder of his term.
He is the founder of the Theodore Association Police Award for Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
- Educating Black Doctors: A History of Meharry Medical College (Alabama, 1983)
- The Carmack-Cooper Shooting: Tennessee Politics Turns Violent (McFarland, 1994)
- Southern Epic: Nashville Through 200 Years (Hallmark, 1996)
- With Kennedy and Other Stories (Xlibris, 1998)
- Nashville Medicine: A History (Association Publishing, 1999)
- American National Biography (Oxford, 1999)
- Encyclopedia of Local History (Altamira, 2000)
- Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age (M.E. Sharpe, 2003)
- Senate webpage
- Cara Kumari, 'Who Is State Sen.-Elect Jim Summerville? Austin Peay Professor Beats Longtime Sen. Doug Jackson', WSMV-TV, November 12, 2010 
- J.R. Lind, 'More Volunteers for Perry', on NashvillePost.com, November 7, 2011