Terri Lynn Weaver

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Terri Lynn Weaver
Terri Lynn Weaver2007.jpg
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 40th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2009
Preceded by Rep. Frank Buck (D)
Personal details
Born (1957-09-19) September 19, 1957 (age 58)[1]
Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Mike Weaver[1]
Children 1[1]
Residence Lancaster, Tennessee[1]
Occupation Singer, Songwriter, Small Business Owner, and Politician[1]
Website Terri Lynn Weaver
Representative Weaver

Terri Lynn Weaver (born September 19, 1957)[1] also known simply as Terri Lynn is a resident of Lancaster, Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 40th district, which is composed of DeKalb, Smith, and Macon counties.


Early life and career[edit]

Weaver was born in Mansfield, Ohio, United States. It was there she performed before her first audience.

It was in the mid-1970s that, at the invitation of her aunt, she moved to Dallas, Texas. Her uncle introduced her to Asa, the manager of a club he frequented called "Daddy's Money", where she became a cocktail waitress.

"Disco was the happen thing at the time, the Saturday Night Fever stuff of which I was never a fan of," says Weaver. "Happy Hour" was a DJ. Weaver asked the manager if he would be interested in letting her play guitar and sing during one of the "Happy Hour" slots. The manager agreed and it was enough for her Dallas debut. She added players until it formed a trio. Then they started a band.

The band was called "Terri Lynn and Texas Tea", consisting of five gentlemen and herself. They played drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin and she played rhythm guitar. They played a number of clubs and other gigs over the next few years, but it wasn't until a friend at a radio station introduced her to the music of EmmyLou Harris that she adopted a style long used in the industry, "a girl and her guitar."[2] Weaver continued to work as a waitress during the week and occasionally book music gigs on the weekends.

It was while she was waitressing at a club called Barny Ol'fields, that she would meet her husband Mike. She invited him to see her play in Grapevine Texas that Friday and Saturday night. Mike Weaver has since been an inspiration in her career, even encouraging her to sing to him in while on trips in the car. They married on June 23, 1979.


Terri Lynn Weaver posted a photo onto Facebook with her standing next to her Pastor, who was dressed as Aunt Jemima in full Blackface, and left the comment, "“Aunt Jemima, you is so sweet.” In her apology, she claimed "“I'm the least racist of anyone. Some of my greatest friends are black." [3]

Representative Weaver[edit]

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Mrs. Terri Lynn Weaver ran a tough campaign against incumbent Rep. Frank Buck (D) in 2006.[4] Though Rep. Buck retained his seat in the house he later announced he would not run again.[5] Weaver was able to run another campaign the following election.

Representative Terri Lynn Weaver was elected to the 40th district of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2008 to present filling the vacant seat of Rep. Frank Buck (D)[6] She serves in the 106th General Assembly as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, the House Children & Family Affairs Committee, the House Education Committee, the House K-12 Subcommittee, and the House Domestic Relations Subcommittee.[1]

Rep. Weaver was indirectly responsible for the surprise 2009 Tennessee House of Representatives election of TNGA House Speaker Kent Williams, R-Elizabethton (and concurrently, the defeat of Rep. Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol) as Weaver's first vote within the House of Representatives sided with the Tennessee House Democrats on the recess motion prior to the January 14, 2009 vote for the Speaker of the House.[7] The Tennessee House Republicans tried to block the recess, but lost on a 50-49 vote.

Community involvement[edit]

Representative Weaver was previously chairman of Farm Bureau and is currently Vice Chairman of the Smith County Republican Party and Chairman of Smith County Republican Women. She is also a member of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce,[8] the local Rotary Club, and the National Rifle Association. Her musical talent lends her involvement as Chairman of the Lancaster Independence Day Parade and Host Musician of the Annual Christmas Eve Service.[1][2]


  • Hymns from the Hills
  • Inside a Tear
  • The Only Life for Me
  • Faithful Witness
  • Live from the Living Room

Other albums[edit]

  • Collections (1999)

Other accomplishments[edit]

Terri Lynn is a singer-songwriter who claims to have three number one gospel songs and a female singer and entertainer of the year award from 1993, though the only reference for this claim is her own website.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Representatives - TN General Assembly". Legislature.state.tn.us. 1957-09-19. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived October 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Archived November 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "2006 Official Election Results Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 34-66" (PDF). State.tn.us. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  5. ^ Humphrey, Tom. "Long-time House member Buck will not run again » Knoxville News Sentinel". Knoxnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  6. ^ "2008 Official Election Results Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 34-66" (PDF). State.tn.us. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  7. ^ Humphrey, Tom. "Williams elected as House speaker » Knoxville News Sentinel". Knoxnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Smith County, TN Chamber of Commerce —". Smithcountychamber.org. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  9. ^ "Terri Lynn Weaver: Greetings!". Terrilynnweaver.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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