What Are the Qualifications for Running for the Tennessee House of Representatives?


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In order to qualify for election to the House of Representatives in the state of Tennessee, a candidate must be at least 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Tennessee for three years and a resident of the county in which the candidate is pursuing election for one year prior to the election. There are 99 House districts; one Representative is elected from each district, which is comprised of approximately 64,102 residents.

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Similar to the national House of Representatives and most other state legislative bodies, Tennessee representatives are elected to two-year terms, and all representatives stand for election at the same time. Elections are held on even-numbered years on the first Thursday in August.

The Tennessee House of Representatives has 15 committees and 13 sub-committees, including the Finance, Ways and Means Committee; the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee; the Insurance and Banking Committee; the Education and Instruction Committee; and the Business and Utilities Committee. Each committee consists of between 10 and 20 representatives. Representatives also serve on joint committees with members of the Tennessee Senate.

The political composition of the Tennessee House is primarily Republican. As of 2015, there are 73 Republicans and 26 Democrats in the House.

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