Kim McMillan

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Kim McMillan
Mayor of Clarksville, Tennessee
Assumed office
January 2011[1]
Preceded by Johnny Piper
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 67 district
In office
Personal details
Born (1963-10-15) October 15, 1963 (age 53)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Larry McMillan, Chancellor for Tennessee's 19th Judicial District
Children Katie and Ryan
Residence Clarksville, Tennessee
Alma mater University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Occupation Executive Director, Community and Business Relations, Austin Peay State University
Profession Law, Business
Religion Christian
Website Official Website

Kim McMillan (née Ambrester, born c. 1963[2]) is a Democratic politician who is mayor of Clarksville, Tennessee, and was the first woman in Tennessee history to be elected Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives.[3] She was a candidate in the 2010 Tennessee gubernatorial election, but dropped out to run for mayor of Clarksville.[4]


McMillan, the adopted daughter of two teachers, graduated as valedictorian of Knoxville’s South-Young High School and with honors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as executive editor of The Tennessee Law Review. She is a member of the Montgomery County, Nashville, and Tennessee bar associations.[3]

Political career[edit]

McMillan served for 12 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, where she sat on the Finance, Ways & Means Committee; the Budget Subcommittee; the Judiciary Committee; the Government Operations Committee; and the Calendar and Rules Committee, for which she served as Chairperson. She was twice elected to the position of House Majority Leader, in 2002 and 2004.

During her tenure in the House, McMillan was honored with numerous awards for excellence from various organizations, including the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the Tennessee Education Association, the Tennessee School Boards Association, the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Tennessee Press Association, the County Officials Association of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Hospital Association. She was also a recipient of the Athena Award, which recognizes women leaders for professional excellence, community service, and actively and generously assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.[citation needed]

In 2006, McMillan did not seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives and accepted an appointment by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to his Cabinet, where she served as Senior Advisor to the Governor. In 2008, she returned to her hometown of Clarksville, Tennessee to serve as Executive Director of Community and Business Relations for Austin Peay State University, where she is also a faculty member in the Political Science Department. She also serves on the President's Cabinet at Austin Peay,[5] an advisory council created to address matters that affect the entire University.

McMillan entered the 2010 Tennessee gubernatorial election on March 1, 2009.[6] On March 31, 2010 she dropped out of the race for governor, announcing that she would instead run for mayor of Clarksville, TN[4] and support Mike McWherter's candidacy for governor.[7] Kim McMillan now serves as the Mayor of Clarksville, succeeding Johnny Piper.

Current activities[edit]

McMillan is a founding board member of Leadership Middle Tennessee and is the chairman of Cumberland Bank & Trust, a community bank in Clarksville.[citation needed] She also serves on the board of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.[8] She has practiced law with Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, PLC in Nashville; Cunningham, Mitchell, Hicks & McMillan, in Clarksville; and with her husband in McMillan and McMillan, the Clarksville firm they founded. She is also now serving as Mayor of the City of Clarksville.


McMillan's husband of more than 20 years, Judge Larry McMillan, is a native Clarksvillian and currently serves as Chancellor for the 19th Judicial District of Tennessee.[9]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Meet the Candidate: Kim McMillan". Kim McMillan for Mayor. Retrieved May 5, 2011. Kim McMillan, Age: 48 
  3. ^ a b "Bredesen Announces Cabinet Changes". State of Tennessee. December 20, 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Announcement". Kim McMillan for Mayor. March 31, 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "President's Cabinet". Austin Peay State University. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "McMillan Makes It Clear" (PDF). March 1, 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Sisk, Chas (April 30, 2010). "Former rival Kim McMillan backs Mike McWherter". The Tennessean. Retrieved 6 May 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Tennessee Trial Court Judges by Judicial District". Retrieved 6 May 2010. 

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