Jim Tracy (politician)

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Jim Tracy
Jim Tracy 2012.jpg
President pro tempore of the Tennessee Senate
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Preceded by Bo Watson
Personal details
Born (1956-10-09) October 9, 1956 (age 61)
Political party Republican
Education University of Tennessee, Martin (BS)

Jim Tracy (born October 9, 1956) is the Tennessee Director for Rural Development with the Trump Administration. He is an American politician and was a member of the Tennessee Senate for the 14th district, which is composed of Bedford County, Moore County, and part of Rutherford County. He was the Assistant Floor Leader of the Senate Republican Caucus, the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and a member of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate State and Local Government Committee. Jim Tracy graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science degree and works as an insurance agent.

Among legislation sponsored by Tracy is a bill that would ban smoking in indoor public places, places owned or operated by the state, and enclosed areas of employment. The bill passed the State and Local Government Committee with five senators in favor and two against. The bill was passed in May 2007 and took effect on October 1, 2007.[1]

2010 U.S. Congressional campaign[edit]

On December, 2009, after incumbent U.S. Representative Bart Gordon decided to retire, Tracy announced that he would be running for the state's 6th Congressional district in the Republican primaries.[2] It was one of the few districts in which John McCain’s victory margin (25 percentage points) was larger than that won by George W. Bush (20 points) in 2004 on presidential election.[3] Among the possible candidates mentioned by insiders were state Representatives Henry Fincher and Mike McDonald, both Democrats who said they won't run for the seat.[4][5] His biggest competitions in the Republican primary came from state Senator Diane Black and former Rutherford County GOP chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik. Newt Gingrich endorsed Tracy in the GOP congressional race.[6] He finished third in the primary election.

2014 U.S. Congressional campaign[edit]

Tracy announced that he would challenge Rep. Scott DesJarlais for Tennessee's 4th congressional district during the 2014 Republican primary.[7] By the end of June 2013, Tracy had raised nearly $750,000.[8] DesJarlais won the Republican primary by a mere 38 votes before going on to win the general election handily.[9]


  1. ^ Humphrey, Tom (2007-10-01). "Statewide smoking ban goes into effect today". Knoxvillenews.com. Knoxville News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  2. ^ McArdle, John (December 14, 2009). "Tracy to Enter Race to Replace Gordon". CQ politics. 
  3. ^ "Tennessee - 6th District". CQ Politics. Dec 21, 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ruling: Only for the rich?". Shelbyville Times-Gazette. January 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Sisk, Chas (December 28, 2009). "Mike McDonald won't seek Gordon's seat". The Tennessean. 
  6. ^ "Gingrich endorses Tracy in GOP congressional primary race". The Sidelines. August 4, 2010. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sher, Andy (January 3, 2013). "Tracy kicks off campaign to take on DesJarlais". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (July 10, 2013). "DesJarlais Challenger Posts Big Fundraising Haul #TN04". Roll Call. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Cahn, Emily (2014-08-26). "DesJarlais Wins by 38 Votes, Jim Tracy Concedes (Video)". Roll Call. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

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