Survey Results

UT Advocacy administered a survey this past August to every candidate running for a Tennessee General Assembly seat in this year’s General Election. The survey covers issues pertaining to higher education in Tennessee, regarding the areas of State support for higher education, campus and workplace safety, and Lottery Scholarships. Click here to read the full text of the survey.

Below are the results for legislators and candidates seeking election or reelection in the Tennessee State Senate and House of Representatives.

If you are unsure of which Senate or House District you are registered to vote in, you can look up your voter registration information via the Tennessee Department of State website.

Please note: State Senators in Tennessee serve staggered four-year terms, so only half of the Senate is up for election this year. We provided an opportunity for candidates to issue a statement or comment for each of the six questions, and all responses are quoted verbatim, unedited from the completed surveys received in our office.

Tennessee Senate

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Tennessee House of Representatives

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What We’re Seeing: A Summary of Survey Responses

UT Advocacy partnered with the UT Alumni Association in August to administer a general election survey on higher education issues to all state legislative candidates.  Although responses are still rolling in, listed below is a broad summary of results thus far.  Interested in what your candidates said about UT & higher education?  Check back on October 1st to view full results and individual candidate responses.

The Summary: House Candidates

  • 92% of respondents favored efforts to maintain, if not increase, state funding for higher education.
  • 40% of respondents opposed efforts to cap, freeze, or place other constraints on tuition.
  • 76% of respondents favored expanding current state appropriations to the University’s non-formula units (UT Health Science Center, UT Institute for Agriculture, and the UT Institute for Public Service).
  • 59% of respondents opposed alterations to current law that would have the effect of increasing the presence of guns on campus and in the workplace.
  • 73% of respondents said they would oppose legislation that further authorized the use of HOPE scholarships at for-profit proprietary schools.

The Summary: Senate Candidates

  • 63% of respondents favored efforts to maintain, if not increase, state funding for higher education.
  • 25% of respondents opposed efforts to cap, freeze, or place other constraints on tuition.
  • 75% of respondents favored expanding current state appropriations to the University’s non-formula units (UT Health Science Center, UT Institute for Agriculture, and the UT Institute for Public Service).
  • 50% of respondents opposed alterations to current law that would have the effect of increasing the presence of guns on campus and in the workplace.
  • 63% of respondents said they would oppose legislation that further authorized the use of HOPE scholarships at for-profit proprietary schools.

48 Days

There are 48 days until early voting begins.  Are you registered to vote?  Do you know where your candidates stand on the issues?  The clock is ticking, but there is still time for you to register to vote and to learn about the candidates.

In Tennessee, you must submit an application for voter registration at least 30 days prior to an election.  If you’re not registered to vote, please take a moment to fill out this mail-in application for voter registration.  Once you submit a valid application, a voter registration card will be mailed to the address you’ve provided.  This card will tell you where to vote.

With ample time before early voting, UT Advocacy will post the results of our general election survey.  This information will help you learn more about the candidates and their views on higher education issues, and will prove valuable as you head to the polls.

Let the voices of the Vols, Skyhawks, and Mocs be heard this year on election day. Mark your calendars now: Early voting runs from October 17th until November 1st.  Election Day is November 6th. 

To learn more about elections in the State of Tennessee, visit the TN Secretary of State’s website.

Primary Election Results

Based on unofficial election returns, eight incumbents lost elections in the state House of Representatives yesterday.  Not included in this number are the races where Democrats were matched against each other through redistricting.  In those races, Sen. Jim Kyle defeated Sen. Beverly Marrero, Rep. G.A. Hardaway defeated 38-year veteran and second longest serving member of the House Mike Kernell, Rep. John DeBerry defeated Rep. Jeanne Richardson, and Rep. Jo Ann Favors defeated Rep. Tommie Brown. No incumbents, with the exception of Marrero, lost in the Senate.

The University of Tennessee recognizes these public servants and their contributions to the State of Tennessee.  We would like to offer a special thanks to former House Education Chair Richard Montgomery, Education Committee member Debra Maggart, and Chair of House Government Operations Jim Cobb. Continue reading