Mike McWherter

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Mike McWherter
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Personal details
Born 1955 (age 60–61)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Jane McWherter
Children 2
Alma mater Vanderbilt University

Michael Ray "Mike" McWherter (born in 1955) is a lawyer, businessman and politician in the U.S. state of Tennessee. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 Tennessee gubernatorial race.

Early life, education and career[edit]

The son of former Tennessee governor Ned McWherter, McWherter is a native of West Tennessee. He graduated from Union City High School. In 1981 McWherter earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University, after which he worked in private practice in Nashville. He later moved to Jackson to start his own business.[1]

McWherter operates the family's beer distribution business in Jackson. He is also the Chairman of the Board of First State Bank, headquartered in Union City, and serves on the board of directors for the Jackson Energy Authority.

Political career[edit]

Although he has never held elected office, McWherter made an attempt to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in the 2008 election.[2] He opted out over fund raising concerns and an intense campaign season.[1]

2010 Tennessee gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On April 23, 2009, he announced he would run for Governor of Tennessee in the 2010 election. McWherter said he will run on a platform of jobs, education and fiscal responsibility.[1] Tennessee's current governor, Phil Bredesen, endorsed McWherter's candidacy.[3]

He was reported as supporting a ban on unmarried (including gay) couples adopting children, indicating that he feels "having parents of the opposite sex is better for a child."[4] In the same interview he also agreed that "foster care by an opposite-sex couple was better than adoption by a same-sex couple."

McWherter supports teaching intelligent design creationism in schools alongside scientific evolution. Asked about teaching intelligent design at a debate, he replied, "I think there's a place to talk about evolution in our public schools, but I prefer a more traditional curriculum. We can blend science and religion in that regard."[5][6]

McWherter was defeated in the general election by Bill Haslam.

McWherter announced on September 6, 2013, that he would not contest a second gubernatorial run in 2014.[7]

Personal life[edit]

McWherter lives in Jackson with his wife, Mary Jane, their son Walker, and daughter Bess.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Sharp, Tracy (May 1, 2009). "Mike McWherter will seek governor's office in 2010". NWTNToday.com. 
  2. ^ "Mike McWherter, Former Governor's Son, Eyes U.S. Senate Race". Memphis Flyer. June 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ Sisk, Chas (June 24, 2010). "Governor endorses Mike McWherter as his replacement". The Tennessean. Retrieved 29 June 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Coffee with the Candidate: Mike McWherter". TennesseeTicket. October 8, 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "While Republicans hardliners nip at Bill Haslam's heels, Mike McWherter rolls over and plays dead". Nashville Scene. Jul 15, 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Haslam the target in final candidate debate before primary". Nashville City Paper. Jul 15, 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mike McWherter: Haslam has created a 'culture of corruption' | Humphrey on the Hill". Knoxblogs.com. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  8. ^ "Mikes Biography". Mike McWherter for Governor. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Phil Bredesen
Republican nominee for Governor of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Charles Brown