Mary Pruitt

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Mary Pruitt is a Tennessee State Representative from Nashville, representing the 58th district.


A longtime member of the Tennessee House of Representatives since 1985, Pruitt was originally elected in a special election upon the death of her husband, Charles Pruitt, who had previously held the position.[1][2][3]

Pruitt is a National Honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho, member of the Order of Eastern Star, 100 Black Women of Middle TN, a State Fair Board Commissioner, and a member of the Meharry Medical College Board of Trustees. She has a B.S. and M.ED. from Tennessee State University[4] and matriculated, but did not graduate from, the University of Northern Colorado.[1]


Pruitt was the subject of several investigations focusing on inappropriate or illegal use of funds. In 2006, it was discovered that she was renting a campaign office from herself, but the building was not used, and for some time, did not have utilities.[5] Rep. Pruitt denied the charges, charging entrapment, but was fined $10,000 for failing to appear before the Registry of Election Finance (later reversed).[6][7] Pruitt's attorney argued that utilities were routinely disconnected to discourage vandalism.[8]

Investigations of public records also found several potential conflicts of interest. A scholarship fund which Pruitt directed awarded a scholarship to her relative. A legislative earmark Pruitt requested awarded $55,000 to a corporation she founded. Pruitt requested and received a per diem allowance for travel and lodging, despite living two miles from her office.[9][10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b "House Democratic Caucus". Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  2. ^ Wright, Sharon D. (September 2000). "The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators" (PDF). The Journal of Black Studies. 31 (1): 3–18. Retrieved 2009-03-19. .
  3. ^ "Pruitt, Mary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Pruitt, Mary". Tennessee General Assembly. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Pruitt's Campaign Spending May Have Broken Law". WTVF NewsChannel 5. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  6. ^ "Board Fines Lawmaker for Campaign Spending". WTVF NewsChannel 5. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-19. .
  7. ^ Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. "Minutes of October 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  8. ^ Rodgers, John. "Election board dismisses $10K fine against Pruitt". The City Paper. Retrieved 2009-03-24. .
  9. ^ Frank, Terry. "Audits Good for Everyone". Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  10. ^ "Lawmaker Says She Works Free, Pockets $43K". WTVF NewsChannel 5. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  11. ^ "Mary". Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  12. ^ Citizens Against Government Waste (21 April 2008). "2008 Tennessee Pork Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 

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