Steve Southerland (Tennessee politician)

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Steve Southerland
Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 2003
Personal details
Born (1955-03-08) March 8, 1955 (age 61)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cheri
Children Mattea
Residence Morristown, Tennessee
Alma mater Walters State Community College
Religion Baptist

Steve Southerland (born 1955) is a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate representing the 1st district, which encompasses Cocke County, Greene County, Hamblen County, and Unicoi County.[1]


Early life[edit]

Steve Southerland was born on March 8, 1955.[1] He attended Walters State Community College.[1] He became a mortgage broker.[1]


He was elected to the 103rd, 104th, and 105th General Assemblies. He is Vice-Chair of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee. He serves as a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, the Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee, the Senate Ethics Committee, and the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. He is currently the Republican Caucus Chaplain, and he has been appointed to the Financial Services Standing Committee of the National Conference on State Legislatures. In a March 2004 interview with The Tennessean, Steve Southerland stated that he is against abortion and he does not believe that civil unions and domestic partnerships should be allowed in Tennessee.[citation needed]

He is a member of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and the National Rifle Association.[1] He attends a Baptist church.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Cheri Southerland, and they have one daughter, Mattea.[1]