The Official Community for Tennessee's Democrats
As President, Barack Obama has dedicated himself to putting Americans back to work and restoring economic security to middle-class families. He’s been driven by the basic values that make our country great: America prospers when we're all in it together, when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded, and when everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street—does their fair share and plays by the same rules.
Jim and his wife Martha and three children live in Nashville. He’s a businessman, attorney and part-time Vanderbilt business professor who travels to Washington most Tuesdays through Thursdays to represent the Nashville area in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Blue Dog Democrat, Cooper’s independent record has earned him a reputation as an honest broker between political parties. Tennessee's Fifth Congressional District includes Davidson County, Dickson County and most of Cheatham County.
Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. As a child, he was stricken with polio, but through hard work, he was able to beat this debilitating disease. The challenges of living with polio as a youngster taught him early in life how to overcome obstacles through persistence and determination, values which would shape his career as a legislator. Filing to run for office on the same day he first registered to vote, Congressman Cohen stepped onto the path that has defined his life and affected the lives of people in Memphis, across Tennessee and now across America throughout his career in national, state and local politics.
At the age of thirty-two, Jim Kyle began his career in public service. He has been working to make the lives of Tennessee families better ever since. The values Jim lives every day are the same values he learned from his father, the late Jimmy Kyle and his mother, Louise. Both of his parents were children of the depression, and they knew what hard work meant. For Jimmy that meant driving a truck for Railway Express, and for Louise it was helping build tires at the Firestone Factory in Memphis. The values of being frugal, being honest, and being trusted were engrained in Jim and his two siblings early on, his parents wanting what all parents want: a better future for their children.
Lowe Finney represent Crockett, Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale and Madison counties in the Tennessee Senate. His is an attorney in Jackson, Tenn. at Spragins, Barnett and Cobb. "My clients are mostly working people who are concerned about living paycheck to paycheck, worried about losing their health care coverage, and trying to send a child or grandchild to college," Finney says. "I have worked to make sure my clients are treated fairly and that they are represented by someone who empathizes with the problems that working families face every day." Finney grew up in Dresden, Tenn. where his father, Rick Finney, has owned and operated a 60-year old family business, Finney’s Floor & Home Center. His mother, Amy, has taught at Dresden Elementary School for almost 30 years. Finney earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin and a law degree from St. Louis University.
Fitzhugh has represented Tennessee's 82nd legislative district as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives since 1994. He is the current Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee and Chairman of the Council on Pension and Insurance. Craig has been married to Pam for over 36 years. She is a Lauderdale County native, who also attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Pam is a retired consultant for hearing-impaired children with the Lauderdale County School System. She previously worked in this capacity for the Dyer County School System. He graduated from law school at UT in 1975. Fitzhugh served four years active duty in the Air Force as a Captain in the Judge's Advocate General Corp., serving at bases in North Carolina and England and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He remained in the active reserve for eight years, retiring with the rank of Major.
A native of Old Hickory, Tennessee, Mike Turner is in his sixth term serving the people of District 51 in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He currently serves as the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. In addition, Chairman Turner serves on the Education Committee, the State and Local Government Committee, the Health Committee and the Calendar & Rules Committee. Before being elected in 1999, Turner served as the Political Director for the Tennessee Professional Fire Firefighters serving in Nashville and Washington, D.C. for more than 13 years. Chairman Turner currently works as a Fire Captain for Company 3 of the Nashville Fire Department.
The Senate Democratic Caucus is working to keep Tennessee at forefront of creating good-paying American jobs, improving our children’s education from the pre-K to college and ensuring that Tennesseans who work for a living can take their kids to the doctor when they're sick. Meet our Democratic Senators »»
The House Democratic Caucus is fighting for our working and middle class families, they working to make Tennessee's classrooms the best place for our kids to learn and they are pushing for a tax code that reflects the interests of Tennesseans — not special interests and their lobbyists. Meet our Democratic Representatives »»