John Ragan

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John D. Ragan
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
Personal details
Born (1948-12-16) December 16, 1948 (age 68)
Political party Republican
Residence Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Alma mater United States Air Force Academy
Occupation Business consultant

John Ragan is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, for the 33rd District, encompassing parts of Anderson County, Tennessee.[1]


Early life[edit]

John Ragan was born on December 16, 1948 in Morganton, North Carolina.[1] He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and received a master's degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University.[1][2] He also attended the University of Tennessee as a post-graduate student and the University of Oklahoma, the University of Southern California, and the University of North Carolina in professional capacities.[1]


He served as a commissioned officer for 24 years, as an Air Force pilot.[2] He also taught as adjunct faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Tennessee.[citation needed] He has been a business consultant with 27 businesses, a number of which are on the Fortune 100 list.[2]

In 2010, he was elected, and re-elected for three subsequent terms, as State Representative to the General Assembly for the 33rd district, formerly represented by Jim Hackworth, focusing on education, illegal immigration, and the economy.[3][4][5] In 2010, he said, based upon academic studies by Vanderbilt and other sources, there wasn't sufficient evidence that public funding for early childhood education was needed.[6] A year later, he voted to overturn teacher union collective bargaining rights but supported collaborative bargaining.[7]

In the 110th Tennessee General Assembly serves as Vice Chair of the House Government Operations Committee, Vice Chair of the Joint Subcommittee on Education, Health and General Welfare, member of the House Health Committee and Subcommittee, Co-Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Nuclear Legislative Working Group, Member of the House Health Subcommittee and main Committee, Member of Southern States Energy Board[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is a Southern Baptist, and pro-life.[1][2] He is married with two children and three grandchild.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Official Capitol biography
  2. ^ a b c d e TNGOP campaign Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ John Huotari, 'Candidates face off', in Oak Ridger, Oct 07, 2010 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ New Tennessee state representative not surprised by election win Archived 2012-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ 2010: A year of surprises, successes', in Oak Ridger Archived 2012-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Erik Schelzik, 'GOP weighs cuts to Tennessee's pre-K funds', in The Commercial Appeal, November 15, 2010 [1]
  7. ^ 'General Assembly Overturns Teacher Bargaining Rights', in The Chattanoogan, May 21, 2011 [2]